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Beach Fitness and More: An Active Traveler’s Guide to South Walton


While some folks just want to post up at the beach and not move for a week or two, others can’t bear the thought of passing up a workout along South Walton’s pristine sugar-white sand beaches. We talked to local yoga instructor and fitness expert Angela Ragsdale about her favorite ways to stay active in paradise.

Beach Fitness

If you’re into maximizing your beach time while staying active, you’ve got plenty of options. There’s nothing like clearing your head in the morning with a solo run or walk as the sun rises. Digging your feet in the sand is an extra-intense workout, plus you’ll just feel a lot happier about running when it’s happening on the beach. We’re not sure why that’s true – it just is.

If you’re looking for more of a structured activity, book a private or group yoga session on the beach with Angela. She’s fun and friendly – perfect for beginners – but also really knows her stuff, so if you’re more advanced, you’ll be right at home, as well.

Connect With Nature

Want to jump into nature and see what South Walton has to offer away from the beach? Head out to one of our fantastic state parks or lakes to do a little hiking or biking! In addition to the great workout you’ll get on a range of trails, the scenery is unparalleled – don’t forget your phone! Angela’s favorite place to explore nature is Point Washington State Forest, where 3.5-, 5- or 10-mile trail loops bring you face to face with a cornucopia of rare and endangered plants and animals.

Feel like making a splash, instead? Rent a stand-up paddleboard and head out on the water for an experience that will have you questioning why you haven't been gliding on the water your whole life.

Take Classes with the Locals

And if you’re looking for specific workout classes, we’ve got the whole gamut. Angela’s favorite is Patrick Hoffner’s TRX Suspension Training class at Otium 30A, and if you haven’t experienced this full body workout that focuses on flexibility, strength and cardio, you’re in for a treat. Otium also offers a range of yoga classes, from Power to Kid’s Yoga.

CrossFit fan? Momentum Fitness in Santa Rosa Beach has you covered, with inspirational trainers who believe that “fitness is an obligation,” and who will make sure you’re in tip-top shape.

Is Pilates more your thing? Pop into Pilates by the Sea for a class with certified master teachers with over ten years’ experience. Whether you’re a beginner or a longtime Pilates aficionado, you’ll find the perfect class for you.

If you’re looking to stay active in South Walton, you won’t have a hard time. Everywhere you turn, there’s an opportunity to take advantage of beautiful scenery and trained pros available to keep you moving during your stay at the beach.

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