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It is widely known that spending time in nature brings numerous health benefits to the body, and what better way to do so than by engaging in our favorite sports?

The Casa de Campo complex not only provides a safe and exclusive environment but also offers the best locations for outdoor sports activities.

Casa de Campo Living talked to three community members who are passionate about healthy living and outdoor sports. They shared insights into their routines, preferences, and favorite exercise spots.

Yoga session at the Casa de Campo polo field directed by Kyra Montagu. Archive photo of Casa de Campo Living.

Jorien van der Meij, a mother of three and a dedicated worker, manages to make time for yoga, running, and cycling despite her busy schedule. She recognizes that participating in sports helps her lead a healthy lifestyle and carve out personal time.

Van der Meij particularly enjoys practicing her favorite sports at Casa de Campo due to the breathtaking views that surround the complex. The soothing sound of birds, the gentle breeze, and the lush vegetation create a truly enchanting atmosphere, “It’s like a magical place,” she says.

Her preferred exercise spots include the polo field, where she practices yoga and goes for runs, as well as the Marina and Altos de Chavón, which she finds ideal for biking.

Recently, she participated in the 2023 London Marathon, for which she underwent rigorous training for a year. During her preparation, she ran five times a week, attended two yoga sessions, and dedicated one day to the gym.

While she typically runs alone, she enjoys practicing yoga in a group setting. Group yoga sessions provide her with a vibrant energy, and having a guide during the practice is something she appreciates.

Gabriella Reginato, a businesswoman, speaker, and resident of Casa de Campo, finds pleasure in walking and biking.

She emphasizes that her motivation for exercising stems more from its health benefits than its physical aspects. The sense of being energized is what she loves most about engaging in sports.

Reginato mentions that she hasn’t established a fixed routine yet but exercises at least four times a week, dedicating one to two hours per session.

Her walks are often accompanied by her husband, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, while she usually goes biking alone or with a friend.

“All the places in Casa de Campo are beautiful, so I fully enjoy every moment. I always find myself at the Marina, watching the sunset,” she shares.

Bike tours

Umberto Pitzalis, a professional athletic trainer and health coach, highlights Casa de Campo as the perfect destination for recreational biking, including road cycling.

Exploring the entire complex through biking offers a fun and beneficial experience for both the body and the environment.

Casa de Campo provides designated pathways for walking and biking, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the surroundings.

Studies have shown that biking promotes brain oxygenation, helps alleviate stress, improves sleep quality, tones and strengthens the back, and aids in weight management, among other benefits.

Pitzalis recommends exercising early in the morning or in the late afternoon, preferably before 8 am or after 5 pm.

In addition, it is important to verify with Casa de Campo authorities the times and places allowed to exercise.

Photographs used in this article are courtesy of Jorien van der Meij, Bryan Cruz and Umberto Pitzalis.