The Fit Fathers motto is simple, “vacations are meant to energize the body and revive the mind.” So wherever we venture to, whether local or global, the formula has to remain constant. My latest escape took me through Brazil to explore the high-octane energy of Rio.
Along the lively beaches of Ipanema you will witness traditional sporting activities like volleyball, fútbol and surfing in unison with circuit training. In addition, along the waters are outdoor gyms ready for usage by buffs and neophytes. Very similar to the coastal gym at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, these fitness facilities are used by people of all ages and include familiar exercise equipment such as pull up bars, elliptical machines and spinning bikes. Classes incorporate CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates and many more group exercises. Aside from the beautiful location of the gym, the best news we discovered was that usage is free. With that, there should be no excuse to staying healthy and improving your quality of life. On top of my typical walk, run or swim, I also added the Rio formula to the mix. Some of the circuit training included a series of exercises and obstacles with medicine balls, elastic bands, cones and hula hoops.
Admiring the exotic Brazilian view and listening to the crashing ocean waves is a sure fire channel for reviving the mind while the body is being energized. Remember not to forget water for hydration since the sun is very strong in Rio de Janeiro and you will sweat more than normal.
This was indeed a great surprise and welcomed addition to vacation with my wife. When in Rio, be sure to check out the outdoor gyms as they do not disappoint.
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