While islanders are usually well known for their “laid- back” personalities, one thing most take seriously is their overall fitness. Who says you need to work out alone on a machine to stay in shape? In Galveston there are so many outlets to obtaining a healthy lifestyle that staying active couldn’t be easier.
For the water lovers, SUP Gulf Coast, 29th & Seawall, offers paddle boarding right off the Seawall. The supportive staff and view of Pleasure Pier, a unique Galveston monument, helps make the work out less strenuous and more entertaining. S.U.P. Sunset Yoga is offered by the Galveston Paddle Board Center, 6026 61st Street, directly off Offatts Bayou. It’s a fun way to learn new movements with the challenge of balancing on your board!
Artist Boat encourages you to release your inner Picasso. Artist Boat offers public and private kayak adventures. You have the option of painting your striking Galveston surroundings by having an art lesson in your kayak.
On the island there are fitness groups for all types of athletes or those just looking for something active. CrossFit Galveston, 1227 Avenue L, offers a community of encouragement. Their work outs adapt to your athletic ability and cover all aspects of fitness including strength and conditioning. CrossFit Galveston has also started a program called G FIT Boot Camp. This will help increase your cardio, conditioning and strengthening while building flexibility and endurance. If you are in town for a weekend check their schedule for a class. Another CrossFit option is CrossFit Tidal Wave, 1501 Strand. Runners and triathletes will love Fit Tri Run, 518 23rd Street. Fit Tri Run offers social groups for various race training. Their website has opportunities for social biking and running all over Galveston.
Free yoga classes are available at Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, on the first Saturday of every month (April – September) provided by The Body Space, 1914 45th Street. The new “hot” yoga studio, Island Salt Air, 415 22nd Street, offers a variety of classes 6 days a week. Test your limits while stretching your body and melting the stress of the day away. All classes are heated from 90-95 degrees. People from all experience levels are welcome. And one of the best things about this place… the cold lavender scented towels as your reward! Galveston Art Center on the Strand is also hosting “Yoga in the Gallery “Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00PM and $10 at the door. Or buy an 8-class pass for $60 through Texas YogaFlow.
The McGuire- Dent Recreation Center offers activities for families of all ages. Community volleyball, basketball and kickboxing classes are available. A skate park and playground are also available right outside.
Galveston is the prime place to stay active. Whether you are walking your dog through Kempner Park, playing Frisbee with friends on the East Beach or taking a lesson at Ohana Surf & Skate, the most important factor is that you’re having fun becoming the healthier you.
Book Your Hotel:
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
Claire Cook is a complex catering sales manager for Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House and Harbor House Hotel & Marina. She is also an avid CrossFit enthusiast.