Shaping Up Sarasota: Top 10 Ways to Keep Fit This Summer

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Yoga on the Terrace of the Ca d’Zan – Photo courtesy

Last week, we alerted your taste buds to the “Savor Sarasota” event, taking place June 1-14. This week, we thought we would point you in the right direction when it comes to working off all that fabulous food (after all, it is swim suit season!). The area’s beautiful surroundings provide the setting for a host of fun ways to keep fit, so ditch the treadmill and check out our top ten ways to stay active this summer: Free Yoga on the Ringling Cà d’Zan Terrace – Held every third Saturday of the month from May through September, certified local instructors teach participants of all levels on the beautiful terrace area of the Ca d’Zan mansion. More information can be found HERE. TreeUmph – The only elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph is a super fun way to get active. A series of bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings, foot bridges and zip lines get your adrenaline (and your heart!) pumping, with different course options for all ages. Located on SR 70 in Bradenton. For reservations, visit the TreeUmph website. Celery Fields – A hot spot for bird watchers and nature lovers, the Celery Fields are also a great place for running, biking, walking and horseback riding. Off Fruitville road in Sarasota, this scenic 400+ acre site is owned by Sarasota County. For history and development information, visit HERE. Running/Walking the Ringling Bridge – The stunning Ringling Bridge in downtown Sarasota offers a four-mile stretch of road overlooking the city and the bay, and is a favorite spot for local runners. Catch a spectacular sunset over the Bay, and challenge yourself to reach the other side! Friday Fitness Walks at Lemon Bay Park – Join Sarasota county volunteers in a nature filled fitness walk at Englewood’s Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center. Only occurring on Fridays in the month of May, don’t miss the chance to take part in the remaining two walks this month! Walks begin at 8:30 a.m. For reservations, call 941-915-1244. Nia on the beach at Siesta and Longboat Keys – ‘Nia’ is described as a combination of martial arts, dance and healing arts. A morning workout beginning at 9am, participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. For more information and class timetables, visit the Nia website. ‘Yogaboard’ – Paddleboard yoga classes are held on Sarasota Bay weekly, and are designed for those with all levels of yoga and paddleboarding experience. Each class starts with a brief lesson in paddleboarding, before moving on to the breathing, stretches and poses of a traditional yoga class. The only requirement is that you are able to swim! Visit the yogaboard website to learn more. Beach Volleyball – Why not grab a few friends and head down to one of the fabulous beaches in our area for a game of volleyball? Courts can be found on beaches from Siesta to Bradenton, and if you can’t persuade your friends there are always chances to join games as they happen! Pilates on Siesta Key Beach – Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen, tone, and condition the body. Classes are offered by Studio Rubylake and take place on Siesta Key Beach, on selected weekdays and Sundays. For information and to register for a class, visit the Studio Rubylake website. IMG Academy: Adult Tennis and Golf programs – For those who take sports a little more seriously, the world famous IMG Academy in Bradenton offers programs for all ability and age levels. Half day, full day, 3 or 5 day courses are available. Visit the IMG website for more information. Do you have any top fitness tips or know of anymore great workout spots?

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