Whether you’re looking to accomplish a new resolution, make a lifestyle change, or are just looking to explore some new activities, working out and eating healthy are things that many of us try to strive for. Luckily for us, Council Bluffs is home to plenty of gyms, walking trails and restaurants with healthy eats to help us keep up our 2021 resolutions!
We rounded up a few local destinations for all things “healthy” in the area, which includes everything from yoga and CrossFit studios to a health foods market. No matter what kind of health journey you’re on, these local businesses and parks will be able to help you along the way. We’re rooting for you!
Gyms + Workout Studios | Walking Trails | Restaurants | Wellness Destinations
Gyms + Workout Studios
819 South 7th Street, Omaha | 20595 McPherson Avenue, Council Bluffs
Opened in Council Bluffs in 2013, CrossFit Vise has grown to two locations across the CB and Omaha area! Both locations are outfitted with high-quality equipment and offer fantastic programs for all fitness levels. We love their full CrossFit class schedule, which is led by knowledgeable and friendly instructors. They don’t currently offer online classes but social distancing when taking classes in-person is strongly encouraged.
5 Arena Way, Council Bluffs
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The Iowa West Field House is where fun happens! This massive arena features basketball courts, pickleball courts, volleyball courts and more that host home and away games for local teams. Individuals are also welcome to book private court time with rates running anywhere from $5 to $45 per hour. Click here for information about booking private time in their basketball and volleyball courts and here to learn more about their smaller pickleball courts that are also available for drop-in sessions!
20595a McPherson Avenue, Council Bluffs
Located right next to CrossFit Vise, Half Moon Yoga is a cozy, comforting space free of judgment offering classes for everyone—regardless of skill level! Their knowledgeable and certified instructors have the experience necessary to provide a solid and well-rounded yoga experience to all students. To help keep you safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, they have implemented several precautions, including mandatory temperature checks before entering the studio; requiring social distancing and mask-wearing when entering and exiting the building; and asking participants not to share equipment. For a full list of current COVID-19 policies, click here.
148 West Broadway, Council Bluffs
Over the past few years, rowing has gained just as much of a cult following as cycling has in the fitness world! What sets this experience apart though, is that rowing engages 85% of your muscles. In one rowing stroke, you work your biceps, triceps, chest, lats, hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, abs and back—talk about a workout! First Row Fitness is Council Bluffs’ only rowing studio, offering amazing classes using the WaterRower Club Series that actually uses water to create resistance (you’ll also be able to enjoy the water sound!). They are currently only open for training by appointment but are also offering virtual options for training and classes. Click here to explore their current schedule and to sign up for your first class!
427 East Kanesville Boulevard, Council Bluffs
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Luth via Studio Bliss Yoga
In September of 2018, Chelsea Luth, a longtime fitness, dance and yoga teacher founded Studio Bliss to help bring yoga and health to everyone in our community. Today, this cozy yoga studio offers classes in yoga, barre, pilates and so much more—as well as kids classes for younger fitness enthusiasts. In addition to their wide array of programs, Studio Bliss also acts as an art studio, displaying local art made by local artists that you can peruse as you workout. The studio is currently closed due to COVID-19, but they have continued offering socially distanced classes on Friday at the Iowa West Pickleball Courts and are planning on finding a larger space to work out in soon. We recommend following them on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information!
19277 Conifer Lane, Council Bluffs
Renegade is a 1,800-square-foot boot camp and boxing studio offering classes and open gym time for people of all skill levels. While they do offer guided classes, Renegade considers themselves more of a fitness community, creating a space for fitness lovers that are passionate, determined and supportive of each other. During the pandemic, they have started to limit their group classes to no more than 16 people, encouraging visitors to wear masks when entering and leaving the gym and asking those who are feeling sick to stay home. Click here to see their current COVID-19 schedule, which could change depending on current health guidelines.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Castle, Laughlin via The Wabash Trail
The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a converted railroad right-of-way running 63 miles through the scenic southwest Iowa countryside. On the trail, you’ll travel through the picturesque Loess Hills, over 72 bridges, four different counties, and even a few ghost towns! You can traverse the entire 63 miles by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, ski or snowshoe, but no motorized vehicles are permitted. Click here for a map of the trail and information on what you can do along the way.
Lake Manawa State Park is an ideal place to spend sunny days, as it provides opportunities for fitness and exploration! You can enjoy a leisurely walk on the paved trail, which winds around the lake. And since the trail also connects to the Veterans Memorial Trail, the Western Historic Trails Center Link, the Council Bluffs trail system and the Wabash Trace, your opportunities to continue your walk, run or bike ride are endless.
Cross over the Missouri River on Bob the Bridge to enjoy a scenic walk, run or ride on the Iowa side. From Tom Hanafan River’s Edge park, you can work your way south all the way to the Western Historic Trails Center, or inversely, you could start at the center and end up at the park. A small push further north will bring you to the Lewis & Clark Monument—a very rewarding finish line.
1851 Madison Avenue, Council Bluffs
Photo courtesy of 712 Eat + Drink
This contemporary restaurant, named after Council Bluffs’ area code, features a menu full of scratch-made recipes made with locally sourced ingredients. But the name isn’t the only piece of CB you’ll find in this atmospheric eatery—there are plenty of elements of our stunning city found within the massive mural on the back wall of the restaurant. As for healthy food selections, don’t miss 712’s list of tasty salads, veggie appetizers, flatbreads, poke bowls and more!
1101 North Broadway, Council Bluffs
Pizza King is an extremely popular Council Bluffs pizza place, with the same family having operated the business since the restaurant’s inception in 1965. While their extensive menu includes prime rib, steaks and seafood, Pizza King places a particular emphasis on pizza, as can be inferred by their name. You can unleash your creative side by crafting your own pie with their tasty toppings or trust their tried-and-true classics, like the Greek Cowboy with gyro meat, black olives, jalapeños, feta, red onions, pepperoncini and BBQ sauce. When it comes to healthy choices, Pizza King isn’t lacking! With salads, veggie-forward sandwiches, gluten-free and vegetarian pizza options, Pizza King may just be your new favorite spot for healthy grub in Council Bluffs!
321 Comanche Street, Council Bluffs
An ice-cream restaurant… healthy? You bet! While Doozies does have some of the best ice cream in Council Bluffs, they also have a full kitchen, serving everything from burgers and sandwiches to salads and smoothies! They are currently closed for the season, but you can catch them in March 2021 for new tasty ice cream flavors and a whole array of healthy entrees that pair perfectly together.
2327 South 24th Street, Council Bluffs
Home to a spacious patio and a sand volleyball court, The Porch is a local favorite for all things fun and tasty! Enjoy pub-grub favorites like burgers, gourmet mac and cheese and pizzas, along with healthy options like wraps, grilled chicken sandwiches and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Their specials are always changing, so we recommend visiting their Facebook page before calling in an order to see what is currently on the menu!
Practicing Wellness in Council Bluffs
805 South Main Street, Council Bluff
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This Council Bluffs destination is a one-stop-shop for all of your all-natural product needs! They offer healthy products like vitamins, essential oils, health and beauty aids, herbs and bulk health foods. If you’re interested in making a change in your lifestyle, Bambi’s Green Acres has full-time holistic nutritional consultants that can set you on the right path.
What about you?
How do you like to stay healthy in Council Bluffs? Let us know in the comments below!