Mind. Body. Spirit.Making 2016 Count
There’s nothing like the turn of a new year to get yourself into great health (or even back into great health). Our vicinity is home to many businesses that address themselves to making us healthy through diet, activities and fundamental, all-around good living.
Instead of focusing narrowly on losing weight, as was the norm in years past, exposing some of the great ways to eat healthy is a definite trend in business through companies like Juby True, a juice bar of sorts that offers juices and foods that let you do everything from cleansing to simply enjoying a sweet beverage with good nutrition in mind. Along those same lines is Kaleidoscope Juice, located at the Optima Sonoran Village and in Old Town Scottsdale. Kaleidoscope is all about energy through great ingredients and quality foods and juices, including green juices, which it promotes as providing a virtually immediate health boost. Nékter Juice Bar, a locally based chain of juice spots, is a great source of education about cleansing your body of toxins through blends of fruits and vegetables. Nékter boasts that each of its juice servings contains up to three pounds of fresh produce and the natural ingredients are of the highest quality.
According to respected research, the more organic and natural the foods we consume, the better off we are health-wise. Eating should be all about nutrients and, of course, flavor. The flagship True Food Kitchen in Biltmore Fashion Park is a fantastic eatery where your health is top of mind. Sourced ingredients and special blends to expose flavor and nutrients is what this Andrew Weil, M.D.-inspired menu is all about. Weil, who partnered with prolific restaurateur Sam Fox to found this concept, is known as the foremost “guru” on holistic health and influenced Fox in the menu creations that range from organic drinks to desserts. The menu of anti-inflammatory foods served at True Food isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors; it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living — a real advantage to living in the vicinity.
A healthy life includes a great amount of activity. Hiking, working out, taking walks — it is all activity and it is all good for the mind, body and spirit. At Orangetheory Fitness, the CrossFit fitness centers, it is all about scheduled results and getting in shape and better health by following instruction. Along with the coach’s expertise and a well-run customer-centric organization, the benefits are apparent in the hour-long classes. Led by a single coach, participants are guided through an intense workout that includes cardio, weights and various exercises meant to energize and tone. Getting in shape is truly as easy as simply showing up on a regular basis (well, and doing the workouts).
At the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, located on Camelback Road at 44th Street, the focus on leading a healthy lifestyle is evident upon your arrival. A virtual country club minus the golf course, this all-inclusive club includes everything from tennis and racquetball to basketball and weightlifting. It has some of the top local instructors and offers numerous classes to find a better you. Yoga, Pilates, spin and stretching are just some of the offerings, and each is offered at a pace that will surely get you in to try the class. Maybe it’ll stick, and by this time next year you’ll be in shape.
One of the healthiest ways to get started or to keep going is to work on yourself with a personal trainer or a small boutique fitness establishment here in the vicinity that will certainly work your body but also focus on your spirit. Reformed Pilates is a studio that fuses Pilates and cycling for a great low-impact, high-intensity strength training. The soothing Pilates class includes elements of balance, flexibility and core strength — truly bringing mind, body and spirit together. The elevated heart rate achieved during the session is considered to be the best way to get results.
Top Photo: Reformed Pilates
Full-service health club that includes ball courts, weightlifting, cardio and classes. There are two restaurants and a bar that encourage healthy living. Membership is required.
4444 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Store offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies and boosters built on the belief that good nutrition should always taste amazing. Staff create new pathways to health by making delicious, fresh, and quick and easy options.
3912 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Quality ingredients are behind these 100-percent organic, deeply nourishing juices and cleanses. This quaint, locally owned spot is all about informing and pleasing the customer, and includes a menu of foods and juices.
7119 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale
6835 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Juice bars offer handcrafted juices, smoothies and acai bowls that are natural, clean and always filled with the most energizing and nutrient-rich ingredients. For healthy on-the-go, try one of the cold-pressed juices or take a “6-bottle vacation” with a Nékter Cleanse.
2045 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
4340 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
The fitness center’s 60-minute workout is designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results.
5109 N. 44th St., Phoenix
7620 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale
10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Pilates, cycle, boxing and more make up the classes at this urban studio that will shake up what you are already doing to get fit or get you into shape.
4290 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
A contemporary, healthy hot spot with a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options offers something for everyone.
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
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