From an outsider's perspective, it can be hard to believe that it's possible to stay healthy in Buenos Aires. Parties start late and go until the sun comes up almost every night of the week. A diet of pastries, fried empanadas and red meat isn't that far fetched — and for some people quite common. Limited access to green spaces and costly gym memberships can make getting those reps in a difficult task. But somehow, miraculously, porteños seem to stay fit year round. Here are our recommendations to keep up.


Exercise

Jungle Gym via Facebook


Buena Onda Yoga

The large team of yoga instructors and regulars make Buena Onda Yoga feel less like a class and more like a little family. A band of six regular teachers and guest instructors round out a highly qualified group of internationally certified instructors with classes daily in three locations throughout the city. Instructors focus mostly on flowing vinyasa techniques, with a special Wednesday yin yoga class, plus regular workshops and free community classes on Saturdays. 

Where: Thames 1916, Paraguay 2041 5B, and Av. de Mayo 1209 3E
More info: Facebook

 

Jungle Gym

"Health Is Wealth" is the motto of Jungle Gym, a personal training service that offers private boxing instruction and calisthenics classes, and twice-weekly group boot camp sessions. A healthy lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without some fresh air, so Jungle Gym takes advantage of the green spaces and plazas in Buenos Aires by hosting classes in the great outdoors. Instructors use the environment and body-weight exercises to teach you how to exercise no matter where you are. If you want a more serious introduction to boxing, you can train in a state-of-the-art boxing gym and knock out some rounds in the ring. 

Where: O
utdoor training available at Parque Centenario, Parque Las Heras, Los Bosques de Palermo and Plaza Medrano per client preference.
More info: Email owner Freddie at junglegymvida@gmail.com

 

Eat

Be Juice via Facebook


Jueves a la Mesa

In this beef-obsessed country, it isn’t always easy to find fresh and flavorful vegetarian and vegan food. Jueves a la Mesa, a weekly reservation-only supper club in San Telmo, is here for the herbivores. Every Thursday evening the Costa Rican-American cooking duo puts together a three-course menu rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low on white sugar and flour, all served with organic wine and topped off with ginger tea to help digestion. Cuisines range from Central American to Mediterranean, served in a comfortable atmosphere at shared tables that encourage you to interact with guests from all over the world. 

Where: Private location in San Telmo
More info: 015 6200 0004; Facebook

 

Vinotinto Cocina Andante

Every neighborhood has its favorite rotisseria: a small eatery that offers simple takeout dishes. But Vinotinto Cocina Andante truly stands out. Instead of the usual fried milanesa and mashed potatoes, this small corner restaurant on the edge of Palermo offers a daily lunch special with inventive dishes and healthy salads and sides. And if you're short on time, you can grab a vacuum-sealed bag out of the fridge and reheat your calamari with gremolata sauce, chicken stuffed with dried tomatoes and mushrooms, or veal curry meatballs at home. Pro tip: Every Friday is Fish Friday, with a specials that include ceviche, squid risotto and seared fish over gazpacho.

Where: Julian Alvarez 1602
More info: 011 4861 4941

 

El Galpón Organic Market

El Galpón is an organic collective market that opens to the public every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. Shoppers can load up on everything from meat and produce to organic cosmetics and yerba mate directly from the producers. The market is a part of a larger organization that runs monthly classes to teach health and sustainable practices, and a small restaurant that uses products sold in the market all made fresh to order. 

Where: Federico Lacroze 4171
More info: 011 4554 9330

 

Be Juice

Vegging out on a seat outside with a view of the plaza will help you cool down after a workout, but it's the smoothies at Be Juice that will keep you coming back. Juice bars are still fairly new to Buenos Aires, but Be Juice leads the pack with its green attitude and drinks that load you up with the best nutrients for your pre- or post-workout routine. 

Where: Barrientos 1586
More info: 011 4806 7712; Facebook


Rest

Acupuncture Buenos Aires via Facebook. Photo by Meghan Stone & Juan Pablo Barriento

 

Verde Manzana

Fewer things in life feel better than tuning out the world to tend completely to yourself. Especially if it’s by way of a relaxing massage after a long week. Verde Manzana is our tried and tested spa, offering a soothing private atmosphere in a large flat in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood. The pros at Verde offer a wide range of services, including full-body massages, facials and mani-pedis to leave you feeling refreshed.

Where: Arenales 1974
More info: 011 4811 8360; Facebook

 

Acupuncture Buenos Aires

It might be smack in the middle of the city, but the Acupuncture Buenos Aires studio is an oasis amid the urban chaos. Using traditional Chinese medicine, this acupuncture and herbal medicine studio is one of the most trusted in Buenos Aires for those seeking physical and spiritual healing.

Where: Private studio in Almagro. Address given by appt. only.
More info: Facebook


By Kevin Vaughn

When Kevin isn't writing about Buenos Aires food and culture, he's guiding travelers to Buenos Aires with his intimate arts and lifestyle tours via Buenos Aires Art Tours. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.