Fresh air, picture-perfect weather and a “hang loose” laid-back attitude are among the many reasons why Hawaii has been recognized as the nation’s healthiest state in the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for the last four consecutive years.
Whether you are dusting off your running shoes or a fitness enthusiast, there’s something challenging and enjoyable for everyone. The following ocean and land activities will reinvigorate your mind, body and spirit and jump-start your healthy lifestyle:
- Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) – Experience the sport that is taking Hawaii by storm. While SUP looks deceptively easy, the popular activity delivers a full body workout and has become a popular cross-training activity. The best part about SUP? The spectacular view unlike any boring gym—a clear blue horizon teeming with ocean life.
- Surfing Lessons – No trip to Hawaii is complete without riding the warm waves of the Pacific Ocean. Surfing lessons are available on nearly every island and are suitable for any experience level. Surfing will utilize muscles you didn’t know existed, but riding your first wave (with or without a push from your instructor) is an experience unlike any other, making for a satisfying workout.
- Yoga on the Beach – Get your heart pumping while finding a moment of serenity—all with a stunning ocean backdrop. Yoga is known to improve flexibility, strength and posture and the added benefit of practicing on an uneven surface such as sand will strengthen secondary muscles as well. Imagine listening to the sound of crashing waves (no music necessary!) and smelling fresh saltwater as you relax and tone your body. After your workout, take a dip in the ocean to cool off.
- Jogging Paths – Why run indoors on a treadmill when you’re surrounded by paradise? With Hawaii’s ideal year-round weather, getting outdoors for that cardio workout is all the easier to do, plus it’s free! Tie your shoelaces and jog around scenic locales like Ala Moana Beach Park or Leahi otherwise known as Diamond Head on Oahu, Wailea Beach Walk or Kaanapali Beach on Maui; Wailoa River State Park on Hawaii Island, or Ke Ala Hele Makalae Corridor on Kauai. Ideal time? Sunrise or sunset, of course.
- Hiking – Waterfalls, lush rainforests, native plants and breathtaking ocean views are just a few of the sights to look forward to on one of Hawaii’s many trails. A variety of hikes with various length and difficulty are available for every skill level. Just remember – the harder the climb, the more rewarding the view.
-by So Much More Hawaii staff