My mother was a size 10 and my father weighed over 200 pounds when we moved to Hilton Head in 1990. Now in their 60s, my parents are thinner, fitter and happier than ever. My mother is a gardener. My father a boater and fisherman. And both walk on the beach every morning, year-round.
“Living in Hilton Head just motivates us to get outside and in shape,” said my parents.
Now raising our three daughters here, my husband and I couldn’t agree more. We feel lucky and thankful that the healthy mentality that comes with being either a visitor or resident of the area transcends all ages and stages of physical fitness. Plus, there are just so many opportunities to get in shape.
For example, there’s Sammy Long. He makes getting fit fun. Long champions an annual ultimate frisbee tournament that benefits local charities and holds weekly practices for his team La Cucarachas. Both the tournaments and the practices are open to the public and once you met Long and/or attempt ultimate frisbee you “flow” (ultimate frisbee lingo for a series of moves that result in an easy score).
Of course, Hilton Head has its staple sports, too.
And our water sports are drenched in fitness and good ole recreational enjoyment. You can:
- Kiteboard (for instruction contact Jos Vica)
- Paddleboard with H2O Sports or Outside Hilton Head
- Yoga/Paddleboard with Jiva Yoga Center or Outside Hilton Head
- Do beach yoga with Jiva Yoga Center or Art of Yoga
- Snorkel or Dive
Hilton Head also suits up for some not so expected sports. Interested in rowing?—check out Palmetto Rowing Club. Want to zip through the Lowcountry?—check out Zip Line Hilton Head. And get this, coming soon you can jet pack through Hilton Head.
Last but certainly not least, the Chamber’s Leadership Class is jazzing up Jarvis Creek Park (Hilton Head) and Oscar Frazier Park (Bluffton) with ten pieces of exercise equipment with instructions for all workout levels.
“These fitness trails will be free and accessible to everyone—visitors and residents alike,” began one of the projects organizers Glenn L. Love. “We are also excited to announce that Beach Property Rentals of Hilton Head has come forward to sponsor the additional construction of a covered pavilion for the trail at Jarvis Creek Park. Jarvis Creek is frequently used for boot camps and personal training, so the pavilion will provide a covered space for fitness activities to continue on hot or rainy days.”
Love, like my family, appreciates all Hilton Head/Bluffton has to offer athletically. “It is vitally important to maintain an active lifestyle, and we are so fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space and the tremendous scenery of the Lowcountry to enjoy while doing so.”