Every city has its “go-to” places to stay fit and healthy, and Charleston is no different. In fact, because of Charleston’s charm, the places shared below go above and beyond your average gym or healthy eatery.
Health and fitness have always been an important part of our world. From the use of natural herbs to thwart illnesses, to the ancient Eastern tradition of yoga, humans have a vast history that includes thousands of ways people lived and practiced healthy living.
However, in the recent decade, health has been front and center of our culture. Some would say the growth of the Internet led to the spread of important information about staying fit and healthy. And as a result of America’s deep interest in fitness and health, dozens of new health-focused businesses — as well as already established businesses — have successfully grown here in Charleston.
We’d like to highlight those below.
OrangeTheory Fitness applies a unique approach to working out.
According to their website, Orange Theory is:
Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), our heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout!
Their healthy living claim is they can “produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate.” And we know a lot of Charleston locals and guests would be interested in getting better results in less time.
To try this unique approach to working out, check out OrangeTheory Fitness: http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/
EcoFitness is a locally owned and operated health club that offers:
- Indoor cycling
- Core Barre
- Group exercising
- Blue turtle yoga
- Personal training
When we looked at their website, we discovered they have a ton of different activities and dozens of instructors to choose from. If you’re looking for flexibility in your workouts, and want to make sure you have a trainer available to fit your schedule, EcoFitness is worth checking out.
View more about EcoFitness on their contact page: http://www.ecofitness.com/about/contact/
Alluette’s Cafe (Holistic Soul Food)
Did you know there’s a southern food eatery in Charleston that’s both mouth-watering delicious AND healthy?
Alluette’s takes southern favorites and transforms them into healthier specialties by using natural ingredients. They also avoid frying their foods, yet they still find a way to make it just as good as the “real thing.”
Just about everything is homemade, including the ketchup and cole slaw (with no mayo). You can even finish off your meal with freshly baked vegan cookies — what a treat!
Hmm… farm fresh, vegan friendly, and tasty food. This one’s definitely staying on our list!
Find more info about Alluette’s here: http://www.alluettescafe.com/contact
Charleston Farmers Market
Last, but not least, on our list is the amazing Charleston Farmers Market. There was absolutely no way we could leave this one out.
At the Charleston Farmers Market, you’ll always find what’s in season. You can be sure to find the latest produce as well as live entertainment each Saturday at Marion Square. Come check it out!
Details and times included in the following link: