Palm Springs has always attracted a luxurious crowd. In the 50s and 60s, Palm Springs was considered a glamorous weekend getaway for socialites and ruling celebrities of the hour. The entire city, which was built on and around naturally occurring hot springs, has quickly risen to fame as a locale for relaxation and wellness. Add to that a temperate, breezy climate year-round and you have a recipe for endless healthy living options. Palm Springs is home to an endless number of spas, workout facilities, healthy dining options, and outdoor recreation activities for those looking to rejuvenate body, the mind, and the soul.
1. Join a Group Fitness Class and Find a Community
Palm Springs is brimming with gyms and unique fitness classes. The area has built itself into a center for all types of yoga classes, particularly hot yoga, which is practiced in a warm room to increase blood flow and further cleanse your body. Boot camps are also a workout trend that has stepped onto Palm Springs’ health and fitness scene.
Some boot camps offer various classes that fluctuate between popular high-interval intensity training (HIIT) workouts of your choosing and some boot camps are fully immersive and can last a few days or a week, pushing participants to fulfill their weight loss goals. If you’re looking to completely change up your fitness regime, head to Crossfit Decoded for a Jiu-Jitsu class or One Love Fit Club for some kickboxing. A good way to find the best form of fitness for you is to purchase a trial at each gym before purchasing a monthly or yearly membership.
2. Visit a Spa to Unwind
Palm Springs has no shortage of spas perfect for the crucial rest your muscles need to re-activate. Palm Springs has no shortage of spas perfect for doing just that. The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort offers spa-goers the complete relaxation package. The spa is Tuscan-themed, featuring stone massages, multiple steam rooms, soaking pools and more.
If you’re looking for a detox, Spa La Quinta is your best bet. This hacienda-inspired spa features a myriad of desert-inspired body scrubs. Follow those with a detoxifying full body massage or facial.
Or if you’re looking for a more natural way to unwind, take advantage of the area’s natural hot springs. Twenty minutes from downtown Palm Springs is Desert Hot Springs, where patrons spend all day reviving in natural hot and cold-water aquifer pools. The spa is mostly outdoors, which allows you to feel a little closer to Mother Nature. Try their famous mud bath or body wrap and finish your experience with a soak in the mineral Grotto pool.
3. It’s Tee Time Year-Round
Palm Springs is a strong contender for golf capital of the United States. Golfing is a great way to stay active all year round. Book a tee time at noteworthy courses like Classic Club, Desert Dunes Golf Club or Indian Canyons Golf for the perfect, relaxing start to your morning. Choose from dozens of courses with unique offerings in and around the city.
4. Explore the Outdoors
Whether you’re trying to get a quick morning hike in or you’re jonesing to embark on a 10-mile day hike, there are dozens of nearby trails to explore. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, rock climbing and mountain biking trails are accessible year-round.
If golf isn’t your favorite outdoor activity, check out one of the many hiking trails located a short drive from the center of Palm Springs. The city is located in the middle of a desert, and the many desert hind will wind you through waterfalls, natural streams, and funky rock formations. You can even check out tree forests overlooking the entirety of Palm Springs.
5. Grocery Shop and Dine with Intention
Recently, restaurant-goers have raved about the restaurant’s use of kale in salads, pizzas, and pastas. Palm Greens Café located right off of bustling S Palm Canyon is the go-to for vegetarians and vegans alike.
Keeping up with its reputation as a healthy destination, many restaurants have been sure to include lighter delicious fair and some dining digs have decided to craft their entire menus with healthy options. If you would rather learn to make your own dishes and cook at home, many chefs from around the world now teach cooking courses in Palm Springs.
Kale lovers rejoice, because Birba has you covered. The restaurant specializes in local farm to table foods and responsibly-sourced meats. Indulge in delicious dishes that don't break your calorie bank, like quinoa salads with roasted vegetables or a spinach and nut burger with coleslaw.
At Cooking with Class, you can learn how to make fresh sushi, or learn to maximize your grocery run with their class featuring ingredients specifically from Trader Joes. Many of the chefs can offer tips and tricks on how to transform some of your favorite dishes into healthier meals.