Your soul mate has gotten down on one knee, a date has been set, and the countdown is now officially on. And if you’re like so many other future brides and grooms out there, so is the race to look (and feel) your best for your big day. But before you join the ranks of all those other couples whose #ShreddingForTheWedding hashtags are accompanied by pictures of treadmills and kettlebells, consider shaking up your exercise routine.
Florida’s warm weather and abundant opportunities for adventure mean you can get shredding for the wedding without relying on the same old routine. Here are five fun ways to get in shape around the Sunshine State.
If the thought of pounding pavement puts you to sleep, consider crossing a different kind of finish line—one high up in the sky. At an indoor facility, like Vertical Ventures in Tampa, climbers of all skill levels can take a heart-pounding shot at scaling a façade, but in a safe and supervised environment.
Female MMA phenom Ronda Rousey has been lighting everything from arenas to TV screens to social media on fire this year. Take the ultimate tough girl’s lead and sign up for a series of basic boxing or kickboxing classes, like the ones offered at Boxing Bunnies in Jacksonville.
Florida is latticed with lots of walking and bike trails, but it’s also home to a huge network of paddling trails, where you can spot birds and glide past pretty beaches and mangroves in a canoe or kayak. You won’t even realize you’re getting in a great arm workout.
The U.S. Open recently brought some of the fittest, fiercest women in sports to New York (we’re looking at you, Flavia!). Grab a friend—or your groom—and hit the courts to combine cardio and muscle-building workouts, all while enjoying a little friendly competition. Many facilities, like the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center in Naples, often welcome non-members and guests with advance notice.
Few forms of exercise beat a good, old-fashioned hike. Torch calories and take in stunning views on a stretch of the 1,400-mile Florida Trail, which stretches from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach and is accessible within an hour of most Florida communities. Just don’t forget your boots or your granola bars!
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