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21 ways to achieve wellness in Boston in ‘21

Now more than ever, it's time to invest in yourself

Written by
Eric Grossman
&
Time Out Boston Staff
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Wellness in Boston comes in different forms and shapes. The Hub offers myriad activities and things to do that can be considered healthful for the body, mind and/or spirit. Now that 2021 is here, you owe it to yourself to carve out time for wellness and self-improvement. Whether it's a popular outdoor activity, a meal at one of the best restaurants in Boston, or something more adventurous (like awesome skiing and thrilling snowboarding), here's how to invest in yourself over the coming months while enjoying the best of The Hub. 

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21 ways to achieve wellness in Boston

  • Travel

Serious local hikers may head farther afield to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail, but when you just need a little bit of nature, there are plenty of worthy hikes near Boston that are easy to get to. Depending on your proficiency, see if you can handle a step up; if you're more of a beginner type, push yourself with something a little more moderate. And if you're a casual armchair hiker, see if you can handle a full-day monster route. Check out our list of the area's best hikes and find the right one for you.

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  • Things to do

Whether you're a native who knows The Hub inside and out, or a relative newcomer, there’s no better way to connect with the city's past than by walking the 2.5 mile path, clearly marked by a red line on the sidewalk. You'll get some exercise while cruising past several of the city’s best-known historical sites and attractions. Find a site that speaks to you, and reflect on what life must have been like 300 years ago.

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Boston's green spaces are glorious, anytime of year. So find a day that's totally open, take a look at the map, and line up a tour of the city's best parks. You'll get your legs moving while enjoying the kind of people-watching that helps to develop perspective. If nothing else, you can politely study others who are able to calm their mind and find zen in a public park.

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  • Restaurants

Hot or iced? Strong and black or sweet and creamy? However you like it, a good cup of coffee is never far away in The Hub. If you're a serious aficionado, treat yourself to some rare beans or a perfectly-prepped barista drink from one of the best coffee purveyors in Boston. To a true java junkie, there's nothing like patiently waiting for a gourmet pourover.

  • Things to do

One of the best things about living in Boston is the proximity to world-class skiing. If you're a ski fanatic, you know what we're talking about, so see if you can conquer new heights (literally). And if you're a first-timer or more of a novice or, don't put it off any longer—hit one of the best slopes near Boston and improve your skiing skills. After all, countless enthusiasts claim the meaning of life can be found at the bottom of an epic run.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan

Whatever kind of diet you follow, there's something to be said for filling your system with clean, plant-based fare. Throughout Boston you can now find a wealth of restaurants that are geared primarily towards those who eschew meat and dairy. More than your standard tofu and soy cheese afterthoughts, you can get your fix of ice cream, pizza, nachos, and even fine dining fare at the best vegan restaurants in Boston.

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  • Things to do

Whether you're a playful parent or a kid who never grew up, there's something undeniable about zooming down a snow-covered hill. You can't help but reminisce about your youth—just remember to keep an eye out for any little ones, as there's no wellness to be found in causing a wipeout.

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  • Sports and fitness
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Looking to get in shape or take your fitness routine to the next level? In normal times, Boston has a range of gyms to suit whatever fitness routine you seek. Whether you’re looking for personal training, cutting edge equipment, the latest workout trends, or mind-body fitness, the best gyms in Boston offer it all.

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  • Shopping

There's something undeniably powerful about getting food straight from the source, and while we all can't travel around Eastern Mass visiting family-run farms, there are plenty of solid farmers markets around The Hub. So make a point to visit one, and have a friendly chat with a farmer or maker. You'll learn more about what you're putting into your body, all while supporting the local economy.

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  • Travel

Given how intense life can often be in our humble metropolis, every Bostonian gets a little stir crazy now and then, especially during these times of social distancing and working from home. Fortunately, all one has to do is hit the road to explore the many wonders of New England. Once you're back in The Hub, you'll find yourself appreciating all that we have to enjoy here in the region's biggest city.

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