From the cuisine to the nightlife, it’s easy to indulge in New Orleans. Here, it’s common to enjoy the riffs of live music while treating your taste buds to award-winning food and sipping on a refreshing beverage. After all, happy hours are so common it’s unusual to find an establishment that doesn’t have one. Still, you may want to stay as guilt-free on your business trip as possible.

With the growing number of healthier dishes offered at many of the city’s top restaurants and its compact geographic footprint, eating well and staying active is easier than you may think.

Rebecca Todd
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Exercising in New Orleans

A full day of expositions, networking and/or sessions can be taxing, and a little activity can help energize for the day or re-energize before a night activity. Early birds may need the morning to get the blood flowing, while night owls need some time to decompress.

Near the convention center, beginning at Canal Street and hugging the river shoreline all the way to the French Market is the Mississippi Riverfront and Woldenberg Park. This 1.5-mile path is the perfect distance for an easy 5k round-trip jog or stroll. Enjoy a beignet from Café du Monde or relax at Jackson Square for a halfway break.  

If you’re looking for a longer distance, continue past the French Market to Crescent Park. This connection will require you to run on sidewalks and along the road, so be prepared for traffic and to cross at the designated areas. A steel bridge and elevator mark the entrance to Crescent Park. Running 1.4 miles, this urban strip takes you further along the Mississippi River into the Bywater for a great 10k roundtrip. This smooth trail is also perfect for those interested in a bike ride. The city views serve as a great distraction while you push through. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Sore knees? Stop at one of the Blue Bikes docks near the Convention Center and pedal the pathways.

If you have extra time to spare, and ground transportation, check out additional scenic spots perfect for a jog and how to navigate the pathways like a local.

Prefer to get your cardio in another way? New Orleans also has exercise classes and yoga throughout the Central Business District and Downtown area. Want to work out as a group? Move Ya Brass and The Sweat Social are perfect for you and your work friends.

Healthy Eating in New Orleans

You can’t always control meal options offered as a part of your conference or meeting. Fortunately, if you have a break in between sessions or an open evening, there are plenty of selections nearby. Many of the city’s best restaurants offer Eat Fit NOLA-approved dishes on their menu, so you can get the great taste of New Orleans without the guilt. We also have a large number of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. If you’re in the mood for light fare, the city’s numerous juice bars are a great choice.