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We are extremely lucky in Plymouth to be surrounded by nature. With such a stunning British coastline, this seaside city has plenty of activities for those of you looking to get your health back on track. Ocean swims, Dartmoor walks, and beach walks are just a drop in the ocean of things to mention Plymouth has to offer. Living a healthy lifestyle in this quaint ocean city can be easy, inexpensive, or even free!
Jess is Plymouth born and bred, and chiropractor Dane is new to Plymouths so this guide will include places Jess has tried and tested and would recommend and also places Dane is trying out and experiencing as a newcomer to Plymouth himself. There really is something for everyone looking to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Exercising can feel so freeing and easy when your mind is occupied with beautiful views. Nothing feels more rejuvenating than being out in the sea air listening to the waves on the shore whilst you explore beaches, coves, and seaside towns as you take a coastal walk.
Although this may seem daunting at first, taking a dip into the cold waters can be so invigorating. We love doing this and value the buzz it gives you mentally and the boost it gives your immune system. Taking the plunge into the cold waters is a great way to leave your inhibitions behind and enjoy the beauty and benefits of mother nature.
We have been enjoying swims with Plymouth Wellbeing Club, who, among this, organise other group events and have created a lovely community of people who take care of one another in Plymouth. Take a walk to the sound and see the buzz of everyone there in the mornings taking part in a sea swim. You won’t be able to resist a quick dip.
If being submerged in the ocean is not for you then what about gliding across the sparkling waters of Plymouth Sound on a paddleboard or kayak? Exploring the Sound whilst discovering this whole new perspective of our gorgeous coastal city is a must. The best part is that you will be getting a great workout in the process!
Join a yoga or meditation studio – find a local class to stretch and strengthen your mind and body
Taking a simple step of starting a yoga class can be the perfect way to start your journey toward a healthier mind and body. Yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on stilling the mind and creating mindful movement whilst focusing on your breath. It can be extremely calming whilst also being a great form of exercise.
Finding the right gym for you, that has everything you might want in terms of classes they offer and equipment they have can be tricky, but luckily Plymouth has a huge amount on offer. What we love about gyms is the sense of community that they foster. When everyone is in one place, with the same goal of getting a stronger, fitter healthier body then the atmosphere can feel amazing. Being in an environment of people with a passion for the same thing can be a real push and create the motivation you need to get through your training.
Shop at local markets – Support local businesses and pick up some fresh, locally-grown produce.
We are all about supporting the local community around us – shopping at a local market not only allows us to stimulate the local economy and help local farmers and producers, but it also ensures we are getting the best, fresh fruit and vegetables for our health.
Switching up the supermarket shop once in a while to a trip to one of your local producers can be a fun experience that your taste buds and your community will thank you for.
After a workout you want to refuel your body with the correct nutrition and Fuel Catering offers protein-packed meals which are so tasty. If you want to go out for a meal but still ensure good quality food made with health in mind then Fuel Catering is a great choice.
It’s great to see some health food and supplement stores on the Plymouth scene now.
Particularly Health Hut Plymouth has such an impressive range of health-driven supplements that support detox, cleansing, gut microbiome, immune system, natural protein powders, and more.
So, whether you’re after some more traditional yoga studio classes, free ways to exercise around Plymouth, or you’re up for trying something new like stand-up paddleboarding, there’s something here for everyone seeking an invigorating workout.
If you ever want to join us for sea swims, paddle boarding, or walks, you are always more than welcome!
So take the plunge and jump right into all that this health-loving city has to offer.