Fitness On Pensacola Beach:
Sun, Sand, and Shore
Whether you’re a novice looking to fulfill that New Year’s resolution or a seasoned fitness buff, Pensacola Beach provides a picturesque arena and challenging terrain to push your limits. At times workouts can be daunting, but we believe the scenery, sun, and sea will provide you the fortitude to endure even the toughest circuits. With your endorphins kicking after conquering our barrier island’s terrain, you’ll be ready to tackle anything your day has in store whether that be recovering in the tranquil emerald gulf waters to commanding that quarterly business presentation.
Regardless of fitness level or exercise of choice we’ve got miles of pristine coastline with snaking roads, elevated dunes, and waterways to spike your heart rate. If you’re more of a traditional gym rat, we’ve got you covered with the lionshare of the hotels having dedicated indoor fitness centers and a variety of pools.
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Nature Based & Human Powered
Regardless of your style of exercise, you’ll find miles of paved paths running parallel to the shoreline that are perfect for cyclists, runners, and walkers. A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike is the scenic 22-mile stretch running from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach, ten miles of which are virtually untouched by development. If you’re more of an avid cyclist or tri-athlete put your conditioning to the test on the winding roads that run between the West and East ends of the beach from Ft. Pickens to Navarre. Stretches of the road are desolate and snake between the preserved sugary dunes with emerald gulf waters on one side and the Intracoastal opposite.
If you’re more of a water bug, then we’ve got boundless opportunity for you to hone your skills and aerobic capacity on our waterways. The typically calm, gulf waters provide a beautiful option for open ocean swimming, paddling, and rowing. When the Gulf is turbulent, the sound side (Intracoastal waterway) can provide calmer seas for swimming and paddle sports. There’s countless beach front vendors and hotels that provide rental equipment like Stand Up Paddle boards, kayaks, and surf boards. All you’ll need to bring is your energy and will to conquer miles of open ocean.
Our area has produced and is home to a variety of world class athletes in part due to our proximity to the world renowned Andrew’s Institute. It’s not uncommon to see professional athletes cross training or rehabbing on our shores. If you’re up for the challenge and consider yourself in the fitness elite, try sprinting up the 40 foot+ dunes at Sand Island or Naval Live Oaks, you’ll be sure to max out your anaerobic bandwidth.
Indoor & Onsite:
Gyms, Fitness Centers & Pools
If you’re more of a gym traditionalist or prefer just being out of the elements you’re in luck, as we’ve got plenty of options. Most of the hotels and condominiums have dedicated indoor fitness facilities and on-site amenities such as outdoor/indoor pools. If you’re the type that gets the most out of a group or class setting, the island and surrounding areas have many solid options for fitness bootcamps, 24-hour gyms, yoga studios, and cross-training facilities.
The hotels and condominiums will typically provide a ftiness center with the essential workout machinery, dumb bell sets, yoga mats, and aerobic equipment. If you’re on a strict regime and require limitless equipment including large free weights, sleds, and strength equipment you’ll likely be best served to check out one of the training facilities just over the bridge in Gulf Breeze.
Wellness & Recovery
After you’ve fully exerted yourself, you’ll likely be in need of some wellness and recovery. Yoga and static stretching on the sugary white sands, during the sunrise or sunset hours is nothing short of majestic! The Hilton Hotel and Resort offers a weekly Sunset Beach Yoga class every Sunday evening. Others prefer taking a relaxing cool down jog on the shoreline to wind down the mind and body from strenuous activity. Regardless of what recovery routine you prefer, we highly recommend the grand finale of any session be enjoying a refreshing dip in the warm (or cool) Gulf of Mexico. With your mind at ease and body relaxed, you’ll be ready to do it all again tomorrow!