December 8, 2023
New Year’s resolutions always include improving fitness, losing weight, and eating a healthier diet among other things. And, after a stressful holiday season, we could all start 2024 off fresh to become the healthiest version of ourselves. That doesn’t always mean killing ourselves at a gym or jumping on board the latest fad diet. Sometimes it’s simple. Sometimes it’s breathing in the sea salty air, finding joy in the sand between our toes, or taking a walk in mother nature. Lucky for you, Amelia Island is the best place to do all of that PLUS – pump some iron, dine on fresh organicky goodness, get pampered, and take a holistic approach to the health and wellness of body and mind.
Read on and remember that vacationing here doesn’t mean you have to toss away your wellness plan for the sake of getting away. We’re here to de-stress you in the new year.
You wanna sweat off some unwanted fat? We’ve got you covered all around the island plus the mainland. Club 14 Fitness offers 13,000 sq ft of workout space with group classes, state of the art strength training equipment and weights, child care, a healthy juice bar and much more. If you don’t sweat here, it’s your fault. OrangeTheory Fitness is located just off the island in Yulee. This popular chain of fitness studios allows OTF members from all over the country to keep up with their own familiar workout when away from home. No excuses! If yoga is more your thing, Amelia Island offers flexibility and inner harmony whether you’re practicing on the pristine beach, finding balance on a standup paddleboard, embracing serenity in a local studio, or connecting with nature in outdoor sessions – each backdrop enriches the experience, leaving you feeling invigorated and at peace. Namaste.
Fuel up your day the healthy way! Go Juice serves up fresh, made-to-order juices, smoothies, cold brew coffees and acai bowls with nothing extra added like syrups or artificial flavors. Speaking of fresh… grab a healthy breakfast or lunch from Fresh Bitez where soups, salads, wraps, bowls and other yummies are all made daily from scratch. Spend your Saturday morning at the Farmers Market for locally grown fruits, veggies, music and other things that are good for the soul and then pop over to Townies for pizza. I know pizza isn’t thought of as a healthy option but besides using real cheese, house-made sauce and dough made fresh daily, they keep a garden where all the veggie toppings are grown! We’re impressed. Nassau Health Foods offers a complete selection of natural and organic groceries, fresh organic and local produce and Amelia Fresh Cafe. Get your grocery shopping done and then dine on a delicious menu of the most flavorful and nutritious all-natural and organic food choices on Amelia Island. It’s seriously good.
All massage techniques involve physical manipulation through different methods of manual stimulation. A holistic massage, however, pays more attention to how a client is feeling on a personal level and considers their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. The goal at Therapeutic Solutions of Amelia is to assist each client through their healing process by understanding the origin of their pain and intentionally opening the body’s natural healing channels through massage. MAPS Integrated Wellness provides integrated care for various clinical concerns, including neurocognitive disorders, emotional distress, obesity, fatigue, hormone imbalances, cancer, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. Their holistic approach includes services like Psychology, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Facials, Maternal and Infant services, and Personal Training, aiming to foster different dimensions of the human experience for overall health.
Being healthy means taking time for yourself and boy do we ever want to pamper you. The Spa at Omni Amelia Island is a full service spa boasting “clean & green” therapies and products. Treatments include massage, peels & herbal wraps, and signature scrubs & soothers. Escape to the peaceful, rejuvenating solitude of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island where their signature service, “Heaven in a Hammock” massage, combines touch therapy, gentle rocking and the illusion of zero gravity to echo the movements of the tide. In addition are a variety of massages, facials, Chakra balancing, reflexology, and a boutique to purchase the products. Dedicated to enhancing your outer beauty and inner balance, Janet Lynne Salon & Spa offers haircuts and color, nail services, facials, massage, and body treatments, while London Medical Spa provides anti-aging treatments such as Botox and Juvederm, laser procedures, wrinkle reducers chemical peels, and much more! For more information on health and lifestyle transformations, visit our Spa and Wellness Travel Guide. I’m relaxing just thinking about all of it.
If none of the above appeals to you, the beach is calling. Slip on your sneakers and talk a long beach walk to clear out the cobwebs. Best medicine ever. We can’t wait to see you back on Amelia Island in 2024. Happy New Year!
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