Slay your Fitness Goals at Walt Disney World
So much emphasis has been placed on all the crazy desserts and foods with mammoth portion sizes. But, there is a place and time for that. When we talk to many who have health and wellness at the forefront of their lifestyle, they are intimidated by a Disney World or Disneyland Vacation. How can you possibly be healthy at Disney? The thought is, how will I get that workout in? Are there gyms? Spaces I can create unique ways to move my body? We asked one of our advisors that fit into this travel of being healthy at Disney to share some of her simple tips to enjoy the parks, get that daily movement in, and stay more on track with your usual diet.
1. Order groceries
Groceries can be delivered to your resort from suppliers such as Amazon Prime NOW, Instacart, Shipt, etc. Plan ahead and order groceries for on-the-go snacks or breakfast. My favorite snacks that travel well are apples, “cuties” tangerines, individually-sized nut packs, and protein bars. Fuel with clean and protein-packed snacks to keep up your energy post-workout and miles at the parks.
2. Stay at a Deluxe Resort
Not all Disney Resorts are created equal when it relates to fitness centres. All Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts have a gym as an amenity. The only Moderate location with a gym is Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (and the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort). Most Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts have running trails as well. If you’re looking for the full circuit of options, stay at a Deluxe Resort.
3. Plan your workout to fit each day
When traveling during warmer months, a good plan is to wake up early, hit the parks, and then go back to your resort for a swim or rest. You can switch out and work out during an afternoon break when travelling with two adults. Gyms are not typically crowded in the afternoon so it’s a great way to beat both the heat and peak crowd times while slaying your gym goals. A second option for any season is waking up early and heading to the gym before the parks open. This plan works well if you’re an early riser because you can knock out your workout before a park day or enjoy a mid-morning sweat sesh during your resort day. At Ears of Experience, we highly recommend building in a resort day to enjoy the fabulous amenities.
4. Yoga sesh
Sunrise yoga on the beach (or open spaces at the gym) of your Disney Resort can be that boost you need to feel rejuvenated. At this time, no formal yoga sessions are being offered at Disney Resorts but check at the Front Desk of your resort at the start of your stay (just in case). Until then, there are certain resorts that we recommend as best for a yoga sesh. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary Resort, Beach Club Resort or Yacht Club Resort, and Riviera Resort are all fantastic for beach vibes. Open spaces at the gym of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort, BoardWalk Inn, Riviera Resort, Contemporary Resort, and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are our top picks. The gym for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has smaller spaces, but a yoga sesh would still be doable.
5. Don’t Weight for the Menu
There is a wide variety of healthy options from quick-service (no reservation needed) to table service (reservations required) around Walt Disney World parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney). The days of “park food” are over. There are various options such as hummus & veggies, shredded chicken, Impossible brand burgers and meatballs, Quinoa salads, charcuteries boards, shrimp cocktail, etc. An extensive amount of menus can quickly narrow down to fit your preferences when you connect with a Health & Wellness Expert at Ears of Experience, LLC.
Written by one of our health and wellness experts