fFuel Up and Stay in Shape with the "Fit Lauderdale" Winter-Weight Regime


GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (December 9, 2014) - Winter is the new summer in Greater Fort Lauderdale, where travelers can stay fit, healthy and beach ready any time of the year. With an average of 77 degrees, it's always bikini season with the many "Fit Lauderdale" opportunities for exercise and wholesome food.


By land or sea, there is an activity and fuel for any fitness level and taste, whether staying grounded with a marathon and vegan meal or getting submerged for scuba diving or paddling.


Exercising in Fit Lauderdale

Run It - Hate exercising alone? Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners Club has made running fun again, by encouraging those of all ages and skill levels to join for a weekly Fun Run on the scenic A1A and hosting several themed runs throughout the year, including the Spooktacular 5K, Beach Bash 5K and Jingle Bell Jog. Whether you're running for fitness or training for a marathon, you'll burn off those calories in a fun and social way. For the extra challenge, gear up for the 2015 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon on February 15, 2015.


Get submerged - Greater Fort Lauderdale is every diver's haven. With water temperatures averaging 72 degrees in the winter and 80 degrees in the summer, it's always a great time to dive. In the last 20 years, more than 75 artificial reefs were placed on the ocean floor thanks to the artificial reef programs in Broward County. Ever wanted to try beach diving? In Greater Fort Lauderdale, you'll find the only place in the continental USA where you can snorkel and dive on a living coral reef directly off the beach. Work off those calories at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea's annual BugFest, Florida's summer two-day lobster chase before regular season opens up.


Two-Wheel Around Town - With 275 bicycles at 24 stations and yearly membership rates under $50, Broward B-Cycle is a convenient and the most affordable major bike sharing program in the nation. Users can also opt for a weekly unlimited pass or a guest/single ride pass. Each bike is always ready to go with properly inflated tires and equipped with a basket in front, front and rear lights and a bell.


Balance on water - If mastering yoga poses on land is tough, imagine trying them on water! Give your core the ultimate workout when you sign up for Yoga Boarding, an on-the-water experience where you will practice various yoga poses while balancing on sturdy Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boards. Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddle, Sunrise Paddleboards and OceanOM are just a few places where you can test your inner yogi.


Gt Fit with a Fork: Healthy Dining Options

Where Eating Meets a Good Cause - Vegans and carnivores alike converge at Sublime Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. This all vegan restaurant also touts a completely cholesterol-free menu while offering a delectable Mushroom Ravioli, Thai Red Curry and Reef Tacos. Additionally, 100% of Sublime's profits support animal welfare and vegan lifestyle. Sublime Restaurant owner Nanci Alexander founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) and is committed to reducing animal cruelty by encouraging people to embrace a plant-based diet.


Green is Good - Power up your daily routine with a rich, plant-based meal from Green Bar & Kitchen. All menu items are gluten-free, but don't let that fool your taste buds - dishes like the Raw Mackin Cheese, Smokehouse Burger and Buffalo Tempeh are bursting with flavor and satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Top off your meal with Green Bar & Kitchen's new dairy-free, nut-free ice cream and you'll wonder how being this full can be healthy.


Food Shopping Fun - It's easy to find fresh produce among the variety of health-conscious products at Living Green Fresh Market. Buyers can enjoy artisanal sandwiches and fresh juices made from the freshest of ingredients. Keeping a close eye on where the produce is grown and knowing when it is harvested enables the market to carry the best products at better pricing. During the week, be sure to stop by Eucalyptus Gardens and visit the farmers market, coffee shop and vegetarian and vegan restaurant.


It's Juicing Time - Curious to learn more and try out a juice cleanse? Myapapaya juicery + kitchen, Fort Lauderdale's first cold pressed juicery and fresh kitchen offers an extensive menu of 100% raw and unpasteurized juices that can help with muscle recovery, detox organs, boost energy and lower blood pressure. If juicing doesn't pique your interest, you can order from their menu of healthy sandwiches or salads or slurp up one of their super smoothies, packed with health specialty items such as açaí berry, goji berry and Incan Maca root.