While the rest of the country might be grappling with record low temperatures this winter, Miami is boasting winter temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit) — meaning there’s plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors!
There aren’t many beaches that can compete with the beauty of Miami’s sandy shores, which can be enjoyed year round thanks to our mild climate. Our miles of pristine coastline are perfect for every type of outdoor activity — from the more obvious, such as enviable sunbathing and swimming — to activities such as beach volleyball games, rollerblading, biking, outdoors gym classes, and more.
No matter the occasion, it’s always a great time to head outside in Miami. Grab some friends and enjoy an outdoor al fresco picnic waterside at South Pointe Park, or enjoy a barbecue at twilight, or take man’s best friend on a walk through historic Coconut Grove.
Plus, Miami is alive with art, from the colorful art deco buildings that adorn the city’s beachfront, to the ever-expanding amount of street art and galleries that can be found in neighborhoods like Wynwood and the Miami Design District, the city is practically an open-air gallery.
And while many come to visit Miami during our “winter time” it’s easy to see why so many people end up staying full time! With no state income tax, estate tax, or inheritance tax, a countless array of cultures, and enviable year-round weather — with a world class beach always near by — it’s a city that everyone wants to be in.
As the fitness trend in Miami grows, outdoor sports such as tennis have evolved into a trendy social hobby that also has players breaking a sweat and staying healthy. Miami offers residents access to multiple public tennis courts where they can step up their “social game” while working on their tennis skills.
Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne offers the unique opportunity to play where some of the world’s best tennis players compete in the Miami Open. The property offers 26 courts in total, 18 of which are Laykold cushioned hard courts with seven lighted for night reservations. The remaining 8 courts are American green clay. The tennis center offers guests the best in customer service at its full-service pro shop, which is fully stocked with the latest equipment and apparel.
In Miami Beach, you’ll find the most competitive matches at the Flamingo Park Tennis Center. Flamingo Park’s expansive tennis facilities include 17 public tennis courts and a pro shop with state-of-the-art equipment, designer apparel and same-day racquet stringing. The highlight of the Flamingo Park facilities is the workshops. Both provate and public lessons are available for juniors and adults on a daily basis and are taught by some of the best tennis pros in the county.
Coral Gables’ Salvadore Park is the number one tennis destination in the area for multiple reasons. The park’s lush landscaping shades its 13 hard and clay courts, some of which are equipped with lighting for night matches. The park is located in the heart of Coral Gables, only minutes away from the restaurants and shops of Miracle Mile.
Whether you’re an avid exerciser or looking for a way to make it impossible to skip your daily workout, building a home gym is a great way to make the most of an extra room in your home. Build your gym to reflect your fitness and health goals. If you are looking to build a “zen den,” consider a meditation room or in-home spa. Homeowners who are looking to loose weight or get in shape should consider a home gym fully stocked with the latest fitness machines to help them achieve their goals.
When constructing a home gym, there are many elements you have to think through including the size of the room and how much equipment and gear your can fit, the type of equipment that will make the most of your space, the flooring to protect your investment and the room’s general design like wall color.
When considering the size of your space, leave as much open space as possible to keep the room flexible. You want the space to be able to grow with you as your fitness routine changes and intensifies. Make sure not to have too many distractions in the room, keep it clean so you don’t find your mind wandering during your workout. The gear inside the room should depend on your fitness goals and habits so that you don’t waste space and money on machines that will collect dust. Also remember that the majority of exercise machines require a power source so need to be placed in close proximity to an outlet.
Add a mirror to the room to perfect your form and give the illusion of having more space.
There are multiple options to consider when it comes to gym flooring. Rubber tiles are an easily installed option and are easily to clean, durable and shock resistant. These tiles are ideal for heavy lifters and relatively cost efficient. Rubber Rolls are similar to rubber tiles and provide the same durability and shock absorbency and are even more affordable than the tiles. Foam tiles and carpet are some of the cheapest options but do not provide as much durability and shock absorption as the previously mentioned options. If you’re concerned with the overall look of your gym but still care about its functionality, then consider artificial turf. Although it’s on the pricier side, it offers a sleek look that is ideal for bootcamp-style workouts. If your room is less of a home gym and more of a relaxation room or yoga studio, consider using wood floors and make sure to include a Nest Fragrance to fill your room with soothing scents.
The Spruce reports that the wall color of your gym can make or break the entire room. Get your heart pumping with bright bold colors like a red or orange accent wall or find peaceful vibes with a soft pastel like light blue or violet.