Have you been stuck in the office, pining for a sunny vacation to drag you out of life’s doldrums? Burnout is a serious issue that affects a wide spectrum of workers. Working over 40 hours per week in courtrooms, high-rises, and even home offices can leave you feeling like you need more outdoor time.
And since many of us work at sedentary jobs, our vacations tend to mimic familiar daily patterns. According to Johns Hopkins, 80 percent of US jobs today offer little to no physical activity, which can not only impact health but also emotional wellness.
You’ve worked hard to earn your next vacation, so why just lounge around sipping beverages in your spare time when you can get some adrenaline flowing? Slip some fun into your next Miami getaway with these popular activities.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re afraid of heights or a roller-coaster enthusiast; parasailing is a remarkable experience that everyone should try at least once.
Parachuting out of a plane can be terrifying for many reasons, not least of which is the initial free-fall. By parasailing instead, you can skip the fear-factor of free-falling and simply enjoy the peaceful serenity of gently floating from the ground up as you take in a gorgeous land and seascape.
The level of physical activity for parasailing is fairly low, and you don’t even need to steer. You simply float in a harness as the boat below takes you on a tour of the coastline. Some of the most scenic experiences in Florida come from parasailing in West Palm Beach, where you can see everything from the city skyline to dolphins and azure water sparking into the horizon.
If you haven’t tried snorkeling yet and think it might be difficult to pick up, you’re missing out on quite the pastime. Snorkeling is not only peaceful and relaxing, but it can also help with chronic back and knee problems.
In fact, for people recovering from spinal injuries who use swimming as part of their rehabilitation therapy, the use of a mask and snorkel are often recommended to keep the spine in proper alignment.
At its most basic, snorkeling is as simple as floating on your stomach with your neck relaxed and your head submerged. Once you can relax in the water with calm breathing techniques, it feels a lot like a giant pillow is cradling your entire body. It can be more challenging in areas with high surf, but there are plenty of protected beaches and bays with calmer water to choose from.
As an added bonus, you can enjoy the beauty of sea life and underwater habitats all around you while the ocean gently rocks the stress from your body.
How many times have you rage-tailgated someone during your daily commute? How about the nose-to-nose, white-knuckled satisfaction of keeping someone from merging in front of you on the highway?
If you’re tired of being stuck in traffic, yielding, or slowing down, then releasing your inner Mario Andretti at the Dezerland Park go-kart track before heading back to a more civilized venue could be just the stress reliever you need. Each track has different safety rules to follow, so make sure you follow them. Maybe you’ll discover you’ve got some talent for it!
Your next Miami getaway can still be filled with great restaurants, relaxing beaches, and poolside lounges. But if you want a vacation to remember when you’re back in the office, get out of your comfort zone and get your adrenaline pumping.