Our daily routine sometimes is so intense that we don't give enough thought to keeping a healthy lifestyle. Now that you are on vacations you may well use the opportunity to tune up your mind and body. Jogging along the beaches of Rio certainly beats any threadmill -- you don't have to keep your eyes on a plasma TV to enjoy the stunning 360° scenery first hand.
Most local gyms offer special programs for visitors, with daily, weekly or monthly plans.
Better Rio gyms offer state-of-the-art equipment. You can participate in activities including circuit training, bodybuilding, water aerobics, dance, spinning, or even capoeira! You can hire a personal trainer to spot you or do your regular work-out at your own pace.
To stay away from the gym environment and enjoy something more zen, consider other options. Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates are two recent trends among locals. To be pampered like a king or queen nothing beats a full-day at an urban spa. Sample a variety of treatments, facial and body scrub, enjoy the attention of a manicurist and pedicurist, get rid of unwanted hair with a genuine Brazilian bikini waxing, and go back home a new you!
OK, fine, you're here on vacations. But that's no excuse for overlooking your appearence and your shape. Nothing works best after a day at the beach than a soothing massage - and you can have one at the beach itself!
Just remember one thing: a single cloudy day at the beach without sunscreen can ruin your vacation! Always protect your skin. Bring products that you are used to, and do not buy sunscreen from beach vendors.
Local pharmacies and drugstores are a good alternative if you need anything. You may also visit a shop specialized in beauty products. In addition to brands that you are familiar with you will find Brazilian products of excellent quality that were developed specifically for our climate and weather conditions. Base ingredients may include Amazon or tropical plants and flowers you have never even heard of. Try new scents and colognes made in Brazil
- and make sure to take some extra bottles back home. Boxes with sets are great gift ideas.
Now that your skin is taken care of, let's think hair. Local hair stylists follow the latest trends, and you will enjoy the attention of a corteous and often brilliant professional. Change texture, color, length... you're away from home, it's the perfect time to dare a little. Beauty parlors offer a range of services including manicure, pedicure, and prices are quite reasonable. Always make an appointment if you want the attention of a specific stylist that someone suggested to you.
Your hair is done, your nails are fierce, your skin is healthy and toned, did we forget anything? What about a tatoo? If you always wanted to get one and never had the courage, get it in Rio! Disposable equipment is used by all reliable professionals, and there are excellent tatoo artists in town. For only temporary fun consider the henna tattoos. You can have one made at the beach, of course.