Fitness Blogger Sarah Dussault’s Favorite Places in Downtown Boston

Posted June 3, 2014 by Shannon Hancherick in Downtown Boston
Sarah Dussault

Recently, I had a chance to chat with Boston fitness blogger, Sarah Dussault, of Sarah Fit

As a full time fitness instructor and blogger, Sarah strives to inspire people to engage in a healthy lifestyle. When she isn’t blogging or filming workout videos, she is teaching classes at Barry’s Bootcamp in Downtown Crossing. As a young and active Boston resident, I was excited to hear what her favorite places and spaces were in Downtown Boston.

If staying active is a priority for you, like it is for Sarah, you have countless options in Downtown Boston. Whether you’re looking to practice yoga, try Cross Fit, take a class or go for a run, you’re bound to find something that challenges your mind and body.

Looking for a challenging way to burn off your Sam Adams and clam chowder? Head over to Barry’s Bootcamp and take a class with Sarah. Located in the heart of downtown, Barry’s Bootcamp classes are a combination of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise with 30 minutes of strength training that focuses on different muscle groups. Class focuses range from chest, to back & abs, butt & legs, and full body classes. Be prepared to sweat, Sarah’s classes are challenging and invigorating. Single classes are $28 but packages can be purchased.

If you’re looking to refuel after your workout, check out one of Sarah’s favorites spots, Cafe de Boston. Here, you can choose from a variety of options including soup, pasta, and crepes. Sarah’s favorites include the Greek yogurt bar and the build your own salad bar.

When Sarah isn’t sweating it out at Barry’s Bootcamp, she loves to run outdoors. (We do too –we actually wrote about our favorite courses in this article.) If you are in the mood for an outdoor workout downtown, head to the downtown portion of the Harbor Walk. In its entirety, the Harbor Walk stretches from East Boston to Dorchester. When officially completed, the walkways will cover a total of 46.9 miles! No matter how much of it you run, you’re sure to enjoy great views while you sweat it out.

Looking to run along the water in a different part of the city? Sarah recommends you start in Cambridge and canvas the trails along the Charles River, which range anywhere from 3 to 20 miles. Sarah loves these trails for several reasons, “not only do they have beautiful views but there are also tons of other runners for inspiration, as well as restrooms and water fountains,” she says.

If your running has, in fact, taken you to a new neighborhood, Sarah recommends dining at two of her favorites: Life Alive or Sweet Green. Located in Cambridge, Life Alive is a vegetarian restaurant that offers smoothies, wraps, salads, juices, and more. However, don’t let it scare you away if you’re a carnivore, Sarah assures us that this is one of the few vegetarian restaurants that both plant and meat eaters can happily dine together at. Sarah’s favorite is the Green Goddess bowl, which includes Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce, flax oil, garlic, avocado, broccoli, dark greens and tofu served over short-grain brown rice.

Her other favorite, Sweet Green, is a spot Sarah visits weekly! Known for locally sourcing their ingredients, their menu changes monthly, to incorporate the season’s harvest into their dishes. Guests can order frozen yogurt, organic cold pressed juice, or Sarah’s favorite, their salads.

If you’re ready for something sweet after your healthy meals, Sarah recommends FoMu. Located in Allston and Jamaica Plain, Sarah promises the experience is worth the trip outside of Downtown! Made from a coconut base, all of FoMu’s ingredients are vegan and made with local ingredients. Sarah’s must have?  The salted caramel.

I ended our interview inspired by Sarah’s spirit and eager to try out her recommendations. Not only is it a priority for her to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is her passion as well. Her infectious attitude has convinced me that adopting a healthy lifestyle while living in Downtown Boston will be not only easy, but more exciting than I ever anticipated.