Reaching for veggies and lacing up for jogs don’t seem so insurmountable when you’ve nailed down a consistent routine, however the second the airplane touches ground and vacation begins most of us find that our clean-eating, sweat-SESH dedication has gone completely MIA! Vacation doesn’t have to be a roadblock to your health-nut stamina, especially when you’re staying in the active, health-conscious destination of New Smyrna Beach. In addition to its extra dose of vitamin D, NSB offers plenty of nutritious restaurants and fitness classes that won’t allow you to skip out on healthy habits. Even the mayor of this beach town hosts an annual, 10-week “Fitness Challenge” every January to motivate the city to stick to positive lifestyle changes. Pack a sweat towel and a bottle of H2O as your New Smyrna Beach vacation will entertain with heart-pumping fun and send you home with a strong, healthy glow.
Bites that Pack a Healthy Punch
With hours spent swimming in the wild ocean, walking down miles of sandy beach, and breathing in the fresh, salty air, you won’t be surprised to find that your active day outdoors has naturally created a craving for nutrient-packed foods. From tropical fruit bowls to gluten-free alternatives, New Smyrna Beach offers a growing variety of healthy restaurants and health food stores. Whether you identify as a full-fledged veggie-lover or a health-food newbie, there are plenty of amazing local restaurants and stores that deliver nutrients with a delicious twist.
GoJuice – 221 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open 7 Days a Week, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Berries, granola, and coconut shavings will quickly have you second-guessing whether you’re eating your daily value of fruit or the most refreshing, guilt-free dessert! GoJuice is a local NSB health food truck that makes clean-eating addictive with its fresh acai bowls, smoothies, juices, and more. This tropical little truck is permanently parked along Flagler Avenue and is a colorful, staple in the New Smyrna Beach community. Besides a menu that will make both your taste buds and body dance, GoJuice is a picture-worthy hang-out spot with its palm trees, hammocks, and bright pops of color. You don’t have to love ginger shots or be crazy for kale to frequent here, we especially recommend this NSB juice shop to those trying to expand picky palates with nutritious foods. Get your mouth-watering and take a look at their menu here.
Healing Zone at 515 Canal – 515 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Open Monday – Saturday, 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat
Die-hard heath-nuts will find the Healing Zone at 515 Canal to be a foodie gem with a dedication to clean-eating like no other. This café/grocery store is located in the historic Canal Street district of New Smyrna Beach and offers a fun medley of locally-sourced products, small business wares, and a tasty menu that will do your body good. Before you grab a bite, peruse the curated selection of groceries; they stock gluten-free baked goods from a nearby bakery in Deland as well as other healthy items unavailable in most stores. This superfoods café takes wellness seriously as its menu is stocked with Paleo Power smoothies, Wheatgrass shots, and even Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse! If you’ve come with a hearty appetite, you’ll love the café’s frequently changing lunch specials that range from Tomato Chorizo Bisque to Cauliflower Cashew Curry. Check out the Healing Zone at 515’s menu to see all their delish, superfood bites!
Heath’s Natural Foods Store – 600 E 3rd Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open 7 Days a Week, 8am-6pm Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm Sun
If cooking meals and dining in keeps you from straying from your health goals, you’ll definitely want to make a grocery stop at Heath’s Natural Foods Store for the best, nutritious ingredients. While super-chain health stores might boast of endless aisles and overwhelming selections, Heath’s is an endearing, local health shop that carefully selects the best variety of organic produce, ethical brands, and all-natural products. In addition to fresh vegetables and whole wheat breads, you’ll also love perusing their shelves full of vitamins, clean beauty products, and natural alternatives such as chemical-free sunscreen. Don’t shop hungry, Heath’s has an awesome café in the back that serves fresh pressed juices, healthy entrees at the hot bar, gluten-free treats, and more. Keep up with their running sales and café specials here!
Whether you crave an adrenaline-pumping, sweat-SESH or love some early morning downward dog, New Smyrna Beach has plenty of opportunities to stay active while on vacation. With an environment that naturally draws you outdoors, you’ll love how your NSB vacation makes physical activity feel effortless. Explore our top boutique fitness classes and beachside exercise ideas that are sure to crank up your heart rate and get those endorphins sky-rocketing.
Perfect your balance and enjoy the rising sun when you start your morning with Chiron Yoga’s sunrise beach class. Nearly every Saturday morning at 7AM, you’ll find beginners and experienced alike flowing to the movements of Vinyasa Power yoga as the sun peeks over the crashing waves. If you like to get into Warrior-Pose more than just once a week, All Yoga is a New Smyrna Beach fitness studio that offers daily classes such as Bikram, Vinayasa Flow, Hot Yoga, and more. This is a great option for vacationers as the studio offer lots of temporary class passes (Drop-in, 1-week, 1-month, etc.).
If you prefer a HIIT-style approach to exercise, you’ll find the challenge you crave in Punch Fitness, NSB’s local Boxing and Kickboxing studio. Located on Canal Street, this specialty gym attacks calories with a vengeance as they combine high intensity cardio with weight training exercises. From self-defense to fat-burning boot camps, Punch Fitness offers a variety of classes that will speed up the heart rate, build muscle, and leave you with the ultimate endorphin high.
If you’re searching for something with a NSB small-town feel, Beachside Wellness is located right off of Flagler Avenue and provides both a great sweat as well as local ambiance. While they offer multiple yoga classes, this fitness center is unique in the fact that they provide in-house cycling and the highly acclaimed, Les Mills Body Pump. If your beach vacation is longer than a week, take advantage of Beachside Wellness’ monthly package where you can enjoy an unlimited class pass to all eight of their classes!
Exercise That Feels like Play
The best part about vacationing in New Smyrna Beach? Simply playing and enjoying the beach will keep you active! Enjoy the morning and evening splendor of the beach when you start and end your days with walks on the beach. Not only will walking count as moderate cardio, but it also provides the opportunity to refresh your mind and nourish your mental health.
Most of our condo complexes (and even some of our rental homes) provide large, sparkling pools that are perfect for both play and exercise. Complexes such as Sea Coast Gardens boast of Olympic-sized swimming pools that are great for heart-racing laps and perfecting your breaststroke.
If you’re seeking recreational exercise that the whole family can enjoy together, rent beach cruisers from Sandy Andy’s and lead the pack along the golden shores of NSB. If you’re curious in exploring the lesser-known parts of New Smyrna, check out our bike trail guide that will lead you through Florida’s beautiful nature to hidden spots along the east coast.
There’s no reason vacation should intimidate your wellness-stamina, especially when you’re spending it here in New Smyrna Beach! Treat your body right and enjoy a trip that will leave you glowing when you book a stay in one of our NSB vacation rentals. From direct oceanfront homes to condos with resort-like amenities, browse our high-end selection of rentals online or give us a call at (386) 478-7863 and we’ll help you find your dream vacation stay.