Health & Wellness
Beaches are Jacksonville’s fitness nucleus. In the water, there’s surf and paddle boarding, and self-care extends to the shores as well. Locals stretch their bodies and minds with yoga on the beach, and joggers in JAX hit the sand for group runs.
Waves to wetlands, Jacksonville itself is an outdoor lovers fitness center for mind, body and soul. Water or sand, trail or gym, Jacksonville is the place for your whole being’s well-being.
Miles of seashore and a network of connected trails offer runners peaceful pathways. The Southbank Riverwalk in downtown JAX is a great setting for run, especially for professionals looking for a work break in the city’s core. Switch up your scenery with jog on Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, a railroad from the past where you can sneak peeks at local flora and fauna.
Feeling competitive? Jacksonville is home to several races where you can challenge your friends or yourself. The Gate River Run is the country’s largest 15K and draws people from all over the world. The DONNA Marathon is held every February and is the only marathon in the country that donates 100% of its proceeds to breast cancer research and care for The DONNA Foundation and Mayo Clinic.
Recharge your body and brain with one of many Jacksonville yoga classes. Stretch before you shop on Saturday mornings at Riverside Arts Market’s community yoga or, if you’re looking for something new, goat yoga and kitten yoga are relaxing ways to start your day. You can try it out at the annual Clay County Fair. Says cheers to your chakras at Jacksonville’s breweries that offer yoga.