The Ultimate Guide To Living It Up (The Healthy Way) In Santa Barbara

Who doesn't count the hours until Summer Friday? Especially with a host of cool and quick getaways right around the corner. We suggest you take advantage of these extra-sweet half days and cruise the coast up to Santa Barbara for a weekend that's both healthy and fun. And don't fret about breaking your diet while away — we've got workouts, nutritious eats, and spas all planned for you. All you've gotta do is download that road-trip playlist and pack your Lululemon.
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Break A Sweat
Santa Barbara Athletic Club
With over 100 weekly group-fitness classes, there's something for everyone (and everyone's scattered schedules) at this fitness center that's nothing like your average gym. With a zen-like pilates studio and sweeping mountain views, getting your tush to the gym will no longer feel like a chore.
Santa Barbara Athletic Club, 520 Castillo Street (between Haley and Cota streets); 805-966-6147.
Olympic athletes swear by it, but trust us when we say you don't need years of training to get through CrossFit in one piece. This butt-kicking program requires you to workout three to five days per week, and the sets are intense and short, taking about 5-15 minutes to complete. The explosive exercises target every muscle in your body, so get ready to be transformed, head-to-toe.
CrossFit Pacific Coast, 220 East Cota Street (between Santa Barbara and Garden streets); 805-845-4171.
Power Of Your Om Yoga Studio
Did you know your yoga mat can double as a dance floor? Well, during Power Of Your Om Yoga Studio's Shake Your Asana class, students have been known to get groovy after a few bow poses. Plus, the 75-minute total body conditioning course, Body Bootcamp, has been known to change lives.
Power of Your Om Yoga Studio, 1221 State Street, #201 (near Anapamu Street); 805-633-0904.
Yes, treadmills and lifting weights will help you get fit. But, sometimes we forget that it's not just pumping iron that builds a better you — it's also about taking care of your mind and body, too. Attend a nutritional consultation or arrange an appointment with a health coach (so much more than personal trainer!) and you'll get even closer to achieving your dream bod.
Body-You-Love, 209 Gray Avenue (between Montecito and Yanonali streets); 805-896-1137.
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Eat Right
Sojourner Cafe
For over 30 years, this spot has prided itself on using only the freshest ingredients sourced from local vendors. From chardonnay to cilantro, we're pretty keen on every item this menu has to offer. Our recommendation: Take a seat outside and enjoy the Chili Tempeh Tacos paired with an Outrageous Pink Ginger Lemonade, a refreshing summer snack.
Sojourner Cafe, 134 E. Canon Perdido Street (at Santa Barbara Street); 305-965-7922.
Bet you've never eaten somewhere that takes nutrition as seriously as Silvergreens — they print the calories, fat, protein, and fiber content of your meal on the receipt. With plenty of real estate in- and outdoors, we suggest you start your day with a Montecito Veggie sandwich (323 calories) and we promise that tummy won't be rumbling come lunch time.
Silvergreens, 791 Chapala Street (at De La Guerra Street); 805-962-8500.
Backyard Bowls
This health-concious concept was founded by surfers, so you cant trust that these guys know a thing or two about staying full without being weighed down. Try the Island Bowl, a light coconut-packed alternative to your boring cereal.
Backyard Bowls, 331 Motor Way (at Gutierrez Street); 805-845-5379.
Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine
Yes, vegan-pastrami sandwiches exist, and yes, they're actually quite delicious! But so is everything else on the menu at Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine. And if your looking for a place to power through that inbox, why not cozy up near the mission fireplace with an almond-milk latte and a gluten-free pastry from the bakery. Now that's far superior to Starbucks any day of the week!
Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine, 428 Chapala Street (near Haley Street); 805-560-1348.
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The Spa at Bacara Resort
With breathtaking views of the beach and 36 separate treatment rooms, it's no wonder Oprah swears by this swanky spa. Wash away worries in a whirlpool or soak in a eucalyptus-infused steam room. Go for a day, and you'll wish you booked an entire week!
The Spa at Bacara Resort, 8301 Hollister Avenue (near Calle Real); 805-968-0100.
Float Luxury Spa
In addition to its heralded massages, Float's urban retreat features a serene garden and cozy lobby. The customizable facials mean you won't be walking away with unaddressed blemishes or redness.
Float Luxury Spa, 18 East Canon Perdido Street (between State and Anacapa streets); 805-845-7777.
Cielo Spa
Still searching for an Advil-free wax? Then head over to Cielo where the Brazilians are practically painless. And if you're looking to nourish yourself, why not indulge in a Champagne Treatment? The foam mask will leave you feeling mega-hydrated.
Cielo Spa, 1725 State Street "C" (near Islay Street); 805-687-8979.
Avia Spa
Great skin can be yours after just 75 mins at Avia. The Rose Sugar Scrub is a treat for the skin, and will leave you not just more relaxed, but feeling smoother everywhere, just in time for tiny-bikini season.
Avia Spa, 350 Chapala Street Suite 101 and 102 (near Parker Way); 805-730-7303.

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