5 Beachside Workouts to Try on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

A couple dragging their kayaks out to sea

For some, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel translates to cold drinks and a seat in the sand. But for others, the beaches are a fitness playground; a place to run, jump, exercise and explore. If you’re one of the latter, keep reading and learn about our favorite ways to seize the day and break a sweat by the shore.



When it comes to fitness, stay simple. Jogging on the beach is not only a great cardio exercise, but it’s also very therapeutic. Keep in mind that the soft sand can be a bit more difficult to run across compared to paved asphalt or a treadmill. So if you’re a beginner, try starting on the wet, packed sand closer to the shore before attempting to run on the loose sand higher up the beach.


Speaking of therapeutic, there’s no better way to stretch your body and clear your mind than with a picturesque session of sunrise yoga. For those interested but untrained in this peaceful practice, try out these five basic poses, perfect for finding your center in the sand. And mark your calendar for morning yoga classes with Linda Carter at the DiamondHead Resort, open to beginners and gurus alike.


Who said working hard and playing hard have to be mutually exclusive? Kayaking utilizes nearly every muscle in the upper body, yet its so fun that you’ll hardly realize what a great workout you’re getting. Check out Lovers Key Adventures or stop by Getaway Marina to take a kayaking tour or rent and explore on your own. 


Another popular local pastime requires balance and precision. Paddleboarding is much easier than it looks. Riders either kneel or stand on a long, wide board and propel themselves through the water with a paddle. Interested? Visit local spots like the Great Calusa Blueway, renowned for their pristine paddling conditions. 


Get in shape and get acquainted with nature while hiking the sprawling landscape of Estero Bay Preserve State Park. With more than 10 miles of trails situated right along the water, here you’ll find fitness comes face-to-face with untamed Florida.

Remember, Florida vacations don’t have to be all about beachside cocktails and relaxation. It’s easy to fit fitness and exercise into your Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel vacation. From beach yoga to paddleboarding, the area truly has it all!

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