Spring Fitness

A healthy outlook on our lives

As we spring into the next few months, we realize how much the great outdoors can mean to us after this mild winter. Getting fit is a way to shape up for those exciting adventures. Our vicinity is home to many businesses that pride themselves on 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 on First Avenue. 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 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 originally 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 and 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 great shape.

One of the healthiest ways to get started or to keep going is to work on yourself with a personal trainer or at 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 each session is considered to be the best way to get results.

And certainly not to be overlooked is the role of mind and spirit in the health equation. While many fitness facilities recognize this and offer meditation as part of their programming, Current Meditation pioneered its concept in Arcadia with meditation as its sole focus. Current Meditation specializes in mental fitness and guided meditation practice, combining scientifically backed meditation curriculum with a cutting-edge environment that provides a place for people to focus on the practice of mental fitness as a part of their regular routine.

Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club
Full-service health club 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
(602) 840-6412

Current Meditation

The Valley’s first meditation studio that specializes in “meditation for the modern world,” Current Meditation solely provides meditation classes and is focused on mindfulness for today’s modern world.
4325 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(602) 522-2000

Juby True
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, quick and easy options
3912 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(480) 240-1277

Kaleidoscope Juice
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 • (480) 949-2601
6835 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale • (480) 840-7540
3802 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix • (602) 626-7307

Nékter Juice Bar
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 • (480) 771-5181
4340 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix • (602) 753-1505
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale • (623) 500-6222

Orangetheory Fitness
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.
1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix • (602) 277-5400
3923 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix • (602) 955-1798
7620 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale • (480) 405-2683
10800 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix • (602) 493-2002
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale • (480) 405-2737

Reformed Pilates
Pilates, cycling, 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
(602) 466-2819

True Food Kitchen
This contemporary, healthy hot spot with a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options offers something for everyone.
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 774-3488

 

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