Why It’s Easier to Stay Fit on St. Croix

portrait of a woman eating fruit saladWhen you people-watch on St. Croix, you’ll notice that a majority of residents on-island are pretty fit.  When you relocate here from the U.S. mainland, it’s inspiring to be in a place where so many people strive for good health.  Here’s why island life makes is easier to get and stay fit…

Baby It’s Hot Outside

With an average daily high of 88 degrees (Fahrenheit) year-round, it’s easier to stay fit when you sweat!  But really, being hot in the tropics keeps you drinking plenty of water, which helps keep you satiated.  Most houses on St. Croix rely on open-air living to let in the sea breeze, so few people are removed from the warm weather.

Fitness in Front of You

The warm climate of the Caribbean fosters an active community of residents who enjoy getting outside to exercise.  Everyday of the year you’ll see people out on St. Croix walking; jogging; biking; sailing; stand-up paddle boarding; swimming; scuba diving and more.  Perhaps it’s because the island hosts an Ironman 70.3 qualifier for Hawaii and other competitive races year-round, but it certainly inspires athletic individuals and those just out for some exercise alike.  St. Croix is also home to several CrossFit gyms and Beeston Hill Fitness Center.

Budget-Busting Junk Food 

One of the cons of living in paradise is the price of groceries.  An unfortunate truth for virtually every island, most food items must be shipped in.  Most of the food you find in St. Croix stores comes via cargo ship from Miami, so we see that shipping mark-up at the register.  Higher grocery prices quickly curb over-eating and spending $5 – $7 on a large bag of chips and similar junk foods.   A recently passed sin tax in the U.S. Virgin Islands put a premium on “sins” like soda.  In addition, the absence of many fast-food chains on-island like Starbucks, Panera and endless fried options makes it easier to eat healthy.  The fresh fruits and vegetables that can grow on-island all year are an excellent trade!

Ready to live in a healthy lifestyle without having to spend your fall and winter in the gym?  St. Croix is an ideal place for athletes and active people.  When you’re ready to make the U.S. Virgin Islands your home, contact Chris and Kerri Hanley to take advantage of their decades of real estate expertise in this specific market.  Contact them today and download their complimentary St. Croix Event Guide.

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