Chances are, if you’re anything like me, living in Portugal will mean you’ll have a lot of pastel de nata that you’ll be needing to burn off! Even if that’s not the case, exercise is great for your health, energy and overall wellbeing. It also gets you out and about – it’s a brilliant way to start learning your way around your new home, and can be a powerful social tool, helping you meet like-minded people and start building friendships and networking circles. So, we’ve put together this guide to help you find great ways to keep fit in your new home.
There are plenty of gyms to join in Cascais, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
This is a well-equipped modern gym which runs all kinds of fitness classes such as zumba, body combat and dance classes. They have an interesting and unique concept where you can access ‘virtual trainers’ and ‘v-classes’ in the form of videos to help with your fitness progress.
Envy is one of the costlier gyms in the area, but has state of the art equipment, a plethora of excellent cardio and high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, as well as housing a restaurant lounge which serves healthy dishes.
If you’re a CrossFit enthusiast or someone looking to take their training up a notch, check out CrossFit Marginal. It’s in an excellent location with good facilities and a great environment with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Mr Big Evolution Gym
This is a fantastic spot if you’re a body builder or looking to get into that particular style of training, as it boasts all the weights and equipment you need to prep for physique contests. They also do highly-rated kickboxing and jiu jitsu classes.
If you’re looking for something that offers a bit more than just a gym, such as swimming, sauna and other luxuries, then take a look at some of these ideas.
Health Club Visconde
This club offers a pilates studio, nutrition coaching, a swimming pool with classes, an osteopath and massages, personal training and various fitness classes. Also includes archery and Krav Maga.
Kangaroo Health Clubs Cascais
This includes a well-equipped gym, a swimming pool, personal training and nutrition coaching.
Central Fitness Health Club
A health club that has a variety of classes an offer such as bodypump, spinning, and cardiofitness with specialised professional trainers.
Xperience Health Club
This club includes a huge variety of classes, from body attack, body pump and body combat to power jump and HIIT sessions. Also hosts nutritional workshops and sporting events.
Holmes Place Cascais
Holmes Place offers various fitness classes and personal training, has a beautifully designed swimming pool, includes hydrotherapy sessions and anti-gravity yoga, and also hosts various workshops on health, wellbeing and nutrition. The club also has an on-site spa that offers massages, ayurvedic treatments and reiki healing.
Sports groups and clubs are great if you have a more specific interest or talent and enjoy keeping fit with a certain activity such as basketball or tennis.
Lisbon Sports Club
A club that offers mainly golf and tennis, with a swimming pool and restaurant on site.
Estoril Basket Clube
Youth and senior groups for basketball club and mini-basketball.
Club Nacional de Ginastica
Activities available here include volleyball, judo and dance.
Associação de Ténis e Padel United Sports
Tennis and other padel sports association.
If just going to the gym isn’t really your jam and you’d rather attend group exercise classes, check out these popular exercise classes:
Yoga And Pilates Studios: Yoga Center – Áshrama Cascais, Yoga Estoril – Áshrama Estoril Centro do Yoga, Yoga Mandir, Pilates Feline Studio Cascais II.
Boxing And Martial Arts: Flow Gym (Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Mr Big Evolution (kicking boxing and Jiu Jitsu).
Great Places To Go Walking, Running Or Cycling In Cascais
If you’d prefer to save your money and keep it simple when it comes to health and fitness, you might want to try these great spots and tips for walking, running and cycling.
The coastal path starting at Parque Marechal Carmona has a dedicated pedestrian cycle path that is great for all three activities
This is an excellent resource for popular walking trails. This is a good site for running trails.
Sports And Fitness Meetups
Sometimes exercise just isn’t that fun on your own, meaning you may be struggling to motivate yourself. Trying joining a sports and fitness meetup to meet new people and get some encouragement! A great website for doing just that is Meetup.com
From donation-only yoga classes and beach frisbee, to martial arts and walking clubs, there’s something for everyone! Take a look.
We hope this guide has given you plenty of ideas about where to get your health and fitness fix in Cascais. Hopefully you’ll find a fitness venue that’s exactly what you’re looking for, and which provides a happy and sociable place for you to keep fit.