Your go-to guide for navigating Boston the HEALTHY way! The best of the best fitness and food locations to visit on your next trip to the city. Fun, fresh, and fit options that everyone will enjoy.
A few week’s ago my friend Colby spontaneously asked me if I’d like to go to Boston for a weekend with her after her finals week. Even though I’m busy with work, the holidays, and moving into a new apartment, I JUMPED at the chance to meet up with a good friend for a few days of food, fun, and fitness adventures!
Colby’s idea was to try out a bunch of Boston’s best eateries and fitness classes while we were in town and I was totally down with that! It’s so fun going to a new city and exploring the healthy living options that they offer. Great way to see the city from the insider’s perspective.
Today I am sharing my top 3 picks in terms of food and fitness for if you’re wanting to take a healthy getaway to Boston of your own! All of them are affordable, high quality, and not to mention FUN.
We went here for breakfast and it was AMAZING. Not only do they have a variety of cold pressed juices and freshly made smoothies (that use their homemade almond milk!), but they have really cool breakfast bowls (think overnight oats, acai bowls, and chia puddings) as well as ALL THE TOAST. Not joking. They have over 10 different toasts with all sort of fun, creative topping combinations. They also have a BYO toast option that I took full advantage of. I got their standard gluten-free millet chia toast with avocado mash, cherry tomatoes, carrots, beets, bell peppers, and cucumber. So fresh, so crunchy, so perfect. We also tried a few of their juices including the C++ (orange, carrot, pineapple, ginger) and The 6 (an all veggie juice with kale, chard, ginger, lemon, and cucumber). Really enjoyed this place and would LOVE to try out more of their menu! They had these carrot cake AMAZEBALLS for a snack that Colby and I really wanted to get for later!
Think Chipotle but for salads and grain bowls! Pretty much a health lovers heaven in my opinion. The restaurant is simple in ambiance but what they offer in food option is unique and incredibly fresh. You can order one of their salads or bowls that already have set ingredients or you can make your own! It’s always fun to do your own thing so that’s what I opted for when we went for lunch. You start by choosing from a plethora of greens and grains and then move on to the fully stocked toppings bar. They offer everything from shredded brussels sprouts and curried cauliflower to steelhead salmon and spicy roasted chickpeas. Inspired by their seasonal topping options I made a ‘harvest’ salad with kale, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted beets, roasted corn, apples, pear, pecans, raisins, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette! It had that whole sweet and savory thing going on! So good. They also serve whole wheat bread on the side and have a variety of iced teas for drinks.
A small, quaint vegetarian cafe that reminded of things I’ve heard about Cafe Gratitude in LA. They have all sort of grain bowls, wraps, and pressed sandwiches in addition to a full array of fresh pressed juices and smoothies. There meals are named things like The Alchemist, The Seeker, and the Seductress! I did another build your own bowl at this place and made carrot cake oatmeal with carrots, raisins, green apple, and a side of two hard-boiled eggs for some protein. I also got the most fragrant flavorful chai tea I’ve EVER had.
When we heard this local spinning studio had a special hip-hop ride one night (complete with a live DJ!) we jumped at the chance to go ride. Luckily there were a few bikes open and we got in! The room was darkly lit with cool lights flashing all over, base pumping music, and an energy that could not be beat! Think SoulCycle, but BETTER. The instructor was incredible too. She had great rhythm and taught a really challenging class. I was sweating like crazy! 45 minutes flew by and I loved that they incorporated full body movement and arm exercises into the class. Totally a well-rounded, unique, and FUN workout to try if you’re in the city.
As a runner, this was the highlight of my trip! Heartbreak Hill Run Company is a local running store that offers weekly classes at one of their locations! On Saturday morning with took their Long and Strong treadmill class. An hour-long class full of hills, speed intervals, and lots of fun thanks to an awesome instructor (shoutout to Jarick!). The treadmills we ran on were INCREDIBLE. They were For the Long Run treadmills by Woodway and they literally made you feel like you were running outdoors.
This was another class that flew by. We climbed a few hills, had some active recovery, and then did a few speed intervals to end the class. The set-up is great for beginners and elites alike. Anyone can do this class and have a great time because you set your own speeds based on ranges they give you throughout the class. Jarick talked to us and motivated us the whole time, all while playing killer music! In the hour I went about 7.8 miles and felt like I got a great workout. We ended with core and stretching to round out the class. I will definitely be back to Heartbreak when I’m in Boston again!
This was a totally new to me class structure and it challenged me in a good way! Beantown Bootcamp is touted as Boston’s hardest workout and after this class I know why. We did a tabata style bootcamp class with circuits on the treadmill, some on the mat with floor and cardio exercises, as well as strength portions. We worked for 20 seconds with each move and rested for 10. Even during the rest periods though, my heart rate stayed elevated which I liked! There were 3 circuits in total we 3 stations each and we went through each of them 3 times. It kept things moving and from getting to boring or monotonous! I liked that this was a full body workout and incorporated both strength and cardio exercises.
BONUS: Download the MoveWith app!
On a spur of the moment decision, we decided to take a free tabata circuit workout midday at a local running apparel store called RunJanji! The class was free for first timers as long as you downloaded the MoveWith app. This app is AWESOME. It shows you where pop-up fitness classes are happening all over your city at any time of the day. A great way to fit in fitness and try out a bunch of different style workouts at once! I wish we would have known about it prior to the trip so we could have taken full advantage of it while in town. The tabata class we took was great though…super challenging and fun!
Overall it was an INCREDIBLE trip! Colby and I are already planning our next adventure together since we have such a good time. Don’t you just love when online friends turn into REAL LIFE friends? The best.
Here’s to a year full of more travel, fun, and healthy living!
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