Monday, April 15, 2024

Beating the heat and staying fit

Here in South Florida, we are met with a conflict when summertime rolls around: we are suddenly more driven to be fit and get in shape (even though we have a year-round swimsuit season), but we also can’t bear the thought of running around outdoors in the extreme heat and humidity for more than five minutes. While investing in a gym membership is an option, there are more exciting ways to stay active and still enjoy the benefits of central air conditioning.

Yoga is currently “in” for all ages and levels of experiences. Why not take the trend a step further and try Aerial Yoga at Defy Gravity Yoga (5821 N. Federal Highway)? Aerial Yoga uses silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling to help students feel the benefits of traditional yoga poses and improve their flexibility.

Ice Skating doesn’t have to be reserved for wintertime. Take “beating the heat” to the extreme and take one of the free skate sessions at the Panther’s Ice Den(3299 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs), also known as Incredible Ice. Skating lessons are also offered, and there are hockey leagues for both children and adults.

A round of golf can be hard to get through during a Florida summer, but now atNuGolf Studios (4800 N. Federal Highway) you can take your round indoors. Not only does NuGolf allow you to (virtually) hit the links inside, it also allows you to expand your golf course options beyond the local courses. Play Pebble Beach or the Old Course at St. Andrews without ever leaving Boca!

While outdoor rock climbing an impressive mountain isn’t an option in South Florida, indoor rock climbing certainly is. Coral Cliffs (3400 SW 26 Terrace, #A4, Fort Lauderdale) offers a complete indoor rock climbing gym for climbers of all levels. The climbing options are endless, and professional instruction is provided.

What better way to burn some calories than by channeling your inner six-year-old and jumping on a trampoline all afternoon? Planet Air (1401 Green Rd., Deerfield Beach) offers a “trampoline park” of more than 8,000 square feet to jump around. The facility also features indoor paintless paintball, which is perfect for summer.

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About Casey

Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at caseyfarmer@bocamag.com.

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