Just because you’re in a vacation and having a good time, doesn’t mean that you have to forget your well-being, especially your health and fitness. There are several fitness gyms to enrolled to in order to burn those unwanted fats and extra calories.

If you want different activities that suit your fitness need then Planet Fitness is a must try. The city’s biggest Planet Fitness outlet is on the Petrograd Side in the prestigious City Centre business centre. Its facilities include a big swimming pool, tennis courts and the requisite machines. Classes include standards such as yoga and spinning, as well as more exotic fare like kickboxing and karate. For relaxation, finish up with a massage or a visit to the sauna. Rates are cheaper before 5pm.

However, if Finnish sauna and Russian steam room is what your body needs, Second Courtyard can provide it for you. Located behind an apartment block on the Vasilevsky Island embankment, the small but sparkling facility also includes a small plunge pool. A public banya by day, in the evening you can book the whole place out for your private party (up to eight people).

Or better yet, prepare those walking shoes as you tour with a twist. Peter’s Walking Tours lets you walk around city while enjoying a tour. Operating for over 12 years, Peter Kozyrev and his brilliant band of guides can give you an insight into the city like no one else. The standard walking tour (R500) departs from the HI St Petersburg Hostel at 10.30am. Also on offer are lots of cool itineraries, around themes like Dostoevsky, Rasputin, the Great October Revolution and food, all in English, as well as a regular bike tour. Private tours kick off at R900 per hour for up to four people from May to November.