7 Outdoor Adventure Activities in South Florida

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When you think of amping up your fitness program do you consider adding the intensity of the elements? Getting in your workouts on the South Florida coast not only delivers stunning views, it also adds adventure, unpredictability and natural obstacles to the mix. From biking hidden trails to pushing your cardio through waves, wind and sand, these seven high-octane South Florida outdoor adventures can add a surge of excitement to your workout regimen. 

  1. Mountain Bike Oleta State Park. Mountain biking might seem almost impossible in South Florida, but in actuality there is a hidden gem right up the street. Just over the bridge from Haulover Beach, Oleta State Park is home to 15 miles of off-road biking trails suitable for both beginner and advanced mountain bikers.  
  1. Explore the backcountry of the Everglades. The Old Ingraham Trail is a 21.3 mile out and back hike that treks through Everglade National Park. You might see more mosquitos and lounging alligators than you do humans on this trail. Make sure to take a lot of water, a hat and sunscreen, prepare for muddy conditions, and follow all park rules. 
  1. Swim some beach laps. Swimming in the open ocean brings about some interesting challenges, from waves to wind to wildlife, one thing we can promise is that this swimming workout won’t be boring. Join an open swim group to learn how to get out there safely.  
  1. Kiteboarding. This is arguably one of the most physically strenuous water sports and the conditions in parts of South Florida can be ideal for getting your feet wet. Try your hand at this demanding sport by taking lessons in Biscayne Bay.  
  1. Kayak the South Florida waterways from full moon tours to more strenuous bay paddling excursions, exploring the gorgeous waterways is one of the most adventurous ways to move your body in South Florida.  
  1. Raven Run. Robert Kraft has been running 8 miles along Miami Beach every day since 1975. Today, over 2,500 people have completed the run, which is now followed by a ⅓  mile swim in the ocean. The run starts at the 5th Street Lifeguard station at 4:30pm every day. Join a Raven Run
  1. Surf’s up. Miami Beach isn’t known as a top world surf spot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some  waves. If you’re a beginner, consider signing up for Miami Beach surf lessons. More seasoned surfers can watch Surfline to keep an eye out for the ideal swell.   

The next time you’re looking to level up your workout routine, head outside and let the waves, sand and trails add some natural resistance.

Jacqui Somen is a health & wellness writer, NASM certified personal trainer, and certified pre and postnatal fitness specialist. Follow her at @vivamafit.

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