If you live in the Bayside area or are looking to explore this area, you're going to love blissing out a little with this list of wellness activities.
Wellness may seem like the buzz word of the moment, and in many cases used as marketing spin. So what is wellness you say? Well, it's so much more than just being well (or healthy) as we know it. It's the balance of physical, mental and social health that ultimately improves your quality of life. What this looks like could be different for everyone. One person might see wellness as going to yoga every day and eating a plant based diet, while to someone else it might be catching up with friends for a long walk and brunch.
There is no correct way to live in wellness. However it must include these five elements in some way:
Lucky for us, Melbourne has no shortage of wellness offerings! If you live in the Bayside area or are looking to explore this area, you're going to love blissing out a little with this list of wellness activities.
No weekend of wellness is complete without a bend and stretch at one of the best yoga studios in Melbourne. A well-known institution in the yogi scene, Warrior One Yoga [1/461 New Street, Brighton] promotes exhaling stress and limitations while inhaling confidence and strength. Located in the heart of Brighton, the small bespoke studio offers a personalised experience with small class sizes (maximum 16) and some of the most highly regarded teachers in the business. If you're up for something a bit different, check out one of their Acrovinyasa classes to bring that element of play back to yoga or one of their Yoga Tune Up classes that work to eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance using therapy balls and myofascial release techniques (unique to Warrior One Yoga).
Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, we all know healthy eating is about so much more than lean chicken and salads. Boasting a chill, holiday vibe, Soul Press [624 Hampton Street, Brighton] proves that healthy food can be both exciting and delicious with their incredible menu that any foodie is going to fall in love with. From an incredible assortment of acai bowls and protein smoothies, to sushi burritos and ‘toast done differently’, you're going to leave feeling full to the brim and beaming with goodness.
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What better way to relax your mind and body than with a steam. Whether it's after a swim in the Brighton Baths [251 Esplanade, Brighton] or after a sweaty session at the gym, steaming helps to cleanse the skin, boost the immune system, improve blood circulation and reduce stress. With scents of eucalyptus, you'll immediately see and feel the benefits to your health and wellbeing.
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The owner of this Ginger Fox [23–25 South Concourse, Beaumaris] has developed a mouth-watering breakfast menu that includes all your brekkie faves like smashed avo, bircher muesli, pancakes, free range eggs (done to your liking), Dr Marty's crumpets and eggs benedict, plus a variety of ever-changing specials. They also have a quality house blend coffee and single origin options for the coffee lover to indulge in.
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What this stunning little beach lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty and serenity. It's a popular spot with the locals and visitors alike, with a mystical name that comes from its crescentic shape. While many visit the bay for the boating culture (it’s home to the Black Rock Yacht Club), it's also a great beach for the adventurer, especially if you love to snorkel or dive. There's a rusted shipwreck just off the shore (the HMVS Cerberus, a vessel first commissioned in 1867) which offers both a taste of history and the chance to visit the aquatic life in the bay.
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With a mission to provide a great local cafe that celebrates its community, it's no wonder Franks [97 Cavanagh Street, Cheltenham] has become an instant favourite with the locals. Their menu is full of humble and simple food that shows off local ingredients with loads of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Here you'll find some great healthy breakfast options like stuffed mushrooms and avo smash, but their menu also boasts a hearty burger and sickly sweet doughnuts to tempt the sweet tooth in all of us!
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Looking for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast that's bursting with goodness? Holy Bowly [531 Hampton Street, Hampton] specialises in fast food that's good for you, but don't think it's all about green juices and rabbit food; their menu is packed with smoothies, curries, soups, teas, superfood bowls, raw treats, single origin coffee and organic wraps. Using market fresh, raw, seasonal and organic produce of only the highest quality, here you can be sure to find something delicious and nutritious to fill up your tummy on the run.
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If you've heard about float tanks but the idea of being in a capsule in complete darkness kind of freaks you out, this experience is for you! Liquid Room [191 Bay Road, Sandringham] offers flotation rooms that create a spacious floating experience, allowing you to surrender your body and mind to full relaxation. Why is floating so good for you? The water is highly concentrated with Epsom salts rich in magnesium which is said to help reduce pain, stress and promote ‘whole-brain’ thinking. Full body relaxation is so important in living a healthy life as it reduces stress symptoms, muscle tension and chronic pain, and improves your concentration and mood.
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Fresh air is a fantastic stress buster. Going for a short, brisk walk can release good feelings and keep you healthy. Getting into a mindful practice like walking is easy to do when you've got such beautiful surrounds to explore. The Bayside Coastal Trail stretches 17 kilometres, but you don't have to go all the way from Beaumaris to Brighton. The track passes through Sandringham, Hampton and Black Rock along the way, so you can make the walk as long as you like, but don't skip a pit stop at Half Moon Bay.
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SUP (stand up paddleboarding) has come from Hawaiian roots (these guys actually surfed waves on them!) and has become really popular in recent times. Head down to Sandringham harbour, hire some gear from Sandy Beach HQ [Jetty Road, Sandringham] and give it a go. You might surprise yourself with how much of a full body work out you get!
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