The New Year has begun, and you know what that means: New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Gyms are packed, diets are underway, and people are trying to take care of themselves after partaking in the indulgences that come along with the holiday season. It can be hard to stick to your resolution to stay healthy, but we’ve come up with a guide of healthy Jersey Shore fitness, wellness, and dining options, so your resolutions can last the whole year!
It’s arguably more fun to get fit when you don’t even realize you’re exercising, which is why we love going to Gravity Vault! Rock climbing is a great way to challenge yourself and build muscle while focusing on your goals. Bring a friend on Mondays for Buy One Get One Free adult passes!
Kur Wellness Studio offers Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, and Qigong classes in a beautiful, intimate studio with a versatile Yoga Wall that allows for assisted poses and inversions. They also offer spa services like massages, Ayurveda, skin care, and waxing. Try out their newly introduced Kur Clubs, which are memberships for all aspects of the Spa and Yoga studios.
It’s impossible to get in shape when you’re stuck in a fitness rut – if you go through the same routine every time you workout, you (and your muscles) will get bored. Enter Perspirology, a one hour, full-body industrial strength workout straight from NYC. Musically driven, dance based, and ever evolving, it is designed to challenge a client’s cardiovascular and muscular endurance. And with their new client special, you can enjoy an unlimited month of classes for only $150!
Some people need to be held accountable by a team to stay motivated, which is one of the reasons why we love UnitedX Strength & Conditioning. The group setting for their boot camp-style classes serve as an intense overall workout experience. Unlike a treadmill or elliptical at the gym that only works certain areas, their workouts are designed to make you stronger, faster, explosive, and more fit. Try out a free trial class to see if this is the workout style for you.
For some of us, nothing gets us in the mood to exercise like some new workout gear! Back 2 Basics has tons of women’s workout gear, from fun patterned leggings to lightweight tops, that you’ll be dying to show off.
If you’re looking for the kind of gear that will keep you warm on long hikes in the great outdoors, check out Jersey Paddler. Of course, they’re also the best spot on the Shore to get your kayak and paddleboard supplies, among tons of other outdoor activities, if you’re preparing for the warmer months.
If you’re looking for a relaxing place to detox, Bear and Birch is the place to go. Their steam rooms allow you to invigorate, detoxify and revitalize yourself in a spacious setting with three types of steam to choose from. They also pride themselves on their traditional Russian Banya treatments, massages, and additional services.
Any athletes looking to recover or take care of their bodies need to visit Health Fusion Wellness for a cryotherapy session. It’s like a quick ice bath, but with even more benefits. They offer various other recovery techniques and physical therapy, chiropractic services, and even posture assessment, so you can work towards becoming the healthy Jersey Shore local we know you are!
Taking care of yourself never felt so good! Lotus Health and Wellness Spa offers spa services including yoga, massage therapy, saunas, and hot stone massages. They also provide various aesthetic services so you can look your best, and ultherapy, which is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, eyebrow and under-chin.
One of the most important aspects of being healthy is knowing and understanding what goes into your body. The Natural Pharmacy & Wellness Center takes out the guesswork. They provide each patient with information about the safety and effectiveness of traditional prescription drugs and natural/holistic therapies, as well as providing natural alternatives to traditional medicine.
Healthy Jersey Shore Dining
You’ve probably heard of the Paleo diet, and you probably wrote it off right away because it’s too intense. But Cavé, a Paleo Eatery serves up 100% gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free one of a kind Paleo plates that are as healthy as they are delicious. And Cavé Meals makes it easy to meet your nutrition goals during the busy work week, with three- or five-day services available. Another restaurant that makes it easy to stick to a strict diet is Kaya’s Kitchen, where everything is vegan and organic. Every dish is a healthy choice!
It may be surprising to see a bakery in our healthy Jersey Shore guide, but Cups & Cakes has an outstanding organic juice bar, in addition to all their tempting baked goods. Try “The Cleanse” to fully detox your body – $50 a day to substitute all of your meals with fresh juices. Or if that’s too much of a commitment, try swapping out one meal per day with a juice or the more filling “Green Machine”: juiced greens blended with protein powder and a frozen banana. Another healthy Jersey Shore alternative to heavier meals is Playabowls, where they serve fresh acai bowls that can be packed with protein and delicious yet healthy ingredients. They also serve smoothies and juices!
If you’re trying desperately to eat healthily, but can’t seem to part with your precious pizza, we’ve got great news. Earth Pizza features a menu that is largely organic, which also features vegan and gluten free options. Any pizza can be made with their delicious gluten free crust, and they focus on simple, healthy, organic and all-natural ingredients. One of the best restaurants on the Shore for Gluten Free cuisine is Via Roma of Toms River. They have one of the most extensive Gluten Free menus, featuring all the classic Italian food favorites, plus vegetarian, vegan, and even dairy-free menus.
Stop by Greek Eats for a quick meal that is healthy for you! With the freshest responsibly raised ingredients and meats are locally sourced and responsibly raised, you can have a fast-casual meal that tastes great and not feel bad about it! They also offer a variety of gluten free options. And to see where else you can dine gluten free on the Shore, check out our lists of gluten free restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean counties!