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Planning a vacation to the Gulf Coast? You're probably filling up your itinerary with plenty of time at the beach, golf, amusements and, of course, eating the top-notch seafood the Gulf of Mexico is famous for. If you want to maintain your workout regimen while you're on vacation, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key have a wealth of fitness opportunities that suit any active lifestyle.

For the fitness fan

Whether you're a free-weight enthusiast or prefer to spend your time on the treadmill, fitness options are abundant on the coast. One of the most popular fitness centers in the area is Phy-sique Fitness, an affordable facility that features Pilates classes as well as a wealth of weights, machines and cardio equipment - most equipped with a personal 17-inch TV.

Also in Gulf Shores, the family-friendly Bodenhamer Center allows the purchase of a day pass for full access to the gym facilities or to swim laps in the indoor pool.

Ladies with a membership to Curves Fitness will be happy to hear that their favorite fitness center will be just a short drive from their vacation home.

A large number of condos feature fitness centers and exercise equipment on site, so you may not even have to leave your building to get a great workout.

For the active adventurer

Of course, if your idea of fitness doesn't involve a bench press or stationary bike, the Gulf Coast has a number of unique options for active pursuits that you won't want to miss. Whether you eagerly anticipate kayaking the backwaters of the lagoon, bays or rivers, or plan to hike or bike, the area is an adventure waiting to happen.

The more outdoorsy vacationer can head to the Backcountry Trail for biking or jogging. In the near future, this path will be extended beyond Orange Beach to Gulf Shores and eventually Fort Morgan.

Additionally, hitting the links at a golf course is an ideal way to spend time with loved ones while enjoying a beautiful outdoor setting. Tennis buffs can spend their days in the sunshine by playing a few matches at one of the many courts located at condo buildings along the beach as well as public tennis courts. Some condos even provide racquetball and basketball for family fun.

One of the best ways to take advantage of the stunning Gulf Coast shoreline is to leave your sneakers at home and run a few miles on the sugar-white sands of the beach. The soft impact provides a wonderful workout for your entire core muscle group. Plus, why spend time indoors when you can work up a sweat while listening to the calming sounds of the Gulf waves?