Health, Fitness & Recreation

By giftshop  |  November 6, 2017  | 

Well, the holidays have come and gone and New Year’s resolutions have been declared, promising (hoping?) to lose weight and return to a healthy lifestyle. Our busy lifestyles often dictate the amount of time we can devote to our workouts, but one’s age, fitness goals and general health are others factors which should also be considered when committing to a regimen. We’ve asked several health and fitness professionals to share their favorite tips for success as we enter the new year, including goal-oriented training, ways to stay committed and nutrition suggestions. Whether your goal is weight-loss, more strength and mobility, or taking a “fit-cation” to go on a yoga retreat or run in a destination race, you will find just the encouragement you need to get started!

Clare Adams Moore, Sunnywild Yoga studio   I love yoga because it is a sustainable practice that always allows opportunity for growth in mind, body, and spirit. The trending barrier to starting a yoga practice is fear. Overcoming that fear of trying something new that allows your physical body to learn movement again is the first step.


Top benefits of yoga:

– Increases strength, balance, and mobility in everyday life, as well as protection from injury that may occur during cross-training and other activities

– Increases self-esteem through movement and teaches controlled breath not only in yoga on and off the mat

– Improves coordination, reaction time, memory and balance. These factors promote independent living for the elderly and reduce “symptoms” of aging.

  • Reduces the need for pharmaceutical treatment of many chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, back injury, hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; can be an effective treatment for addiction
  • Growth of spiritual connection to ALL beings

Healthy recipe:

Green Detox Soup

1 leek

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 stalks celery, diced

3 carrots, thinly sliced

1-2 zucchini, chopped

1-2 squash, chopped

1 small head broccoli, broken into bite-size florets

1 bunch collard greens

or 2-3 heads baby bok choy, torn into bite-size pieces

8 cups vegetable stock

parsley, cilantro -add for garnish

Add all ingredients (except collard greens and bok choy) to stock pot, bring to boil for 10 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer another 15 minutes. Add greens toward the end of cooking time to avoid overcooking.


Todd M. Davis, CPRP   I believe it is important to relate fitness to purpose. For example, we spend time in Idaho every summer and winter, while there we participate in numerous strenuous outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, white water kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and snowboarding on a daily basis. These all require strength, endurance, and a high level of fitness. I encourage people to find their purpose and what will motivate them to stay fit: a 5K, half-marathon, triathlon, mud run, something….. and sign up and pay for it!


Kristy Bridgers  Have a plan and work your plan. I strongly believe you have to pencil in your workouts as well as your food plan. Also, food prep and having a workout buddy are excellent ways to help you stay accountable. Studies show those who write out their goals achieve their goals at a significantly higher rate than those who do not. So for the new year get a new notebook and write those goals out and celebrate daily, weekly and monthly with that workout buddy!


Healthy recipe:

EggRoll in a Bowl

Ground Pork, browned and crumbled

add Cole slaw mix, stir in and cook till crisp-tender

add Minced Garlic, ginger, soy sauce

Top with Green onions


Balance Fitness  Owners, Georgia Tindall and Lauren Caston:   

Georgia We believe in a balanced approach to exercise at Balance. I feel you see the best results by “confusing” your body by doing as many different types of classes or exercise as possible instead of always doing the same thing. I love a mixture of classes that involve cardio and strength as well as incorporating Pilates or Yoga classes a few times a week.

Nutrition tips: I try to follow a plant based diet plan and to eat certified organic if possible. I love looking at a colorful plate of veggies and knowing I am filling my body with exactly what it needs. I eat tons of veggies, beans, grains, and nuts. I steer clear from meat and dairy products.

Lauren – Keeping the core strong is super important as we age. A strong heathy core can help prevent and recuperate faster from injury as well as have better balance. I personally love intense Cardio class such as Tabata and Step combined with Reformer Pilates and yoga. Those classes usually consist of high intensity cardio, strength training with weights, and LOTS of core work. I also believe that combining Reformer Pilates and yoga with these cardio workouts can help the muscles to stretch, lengthen, and tone. All making you feel and look stronger and healthier!

Nutrition tips: I like to follow the Food Guide Pyramid where the main source of energy comes from vegetables and fruits, small amounts of lean meat and healthy fats, and little to no sugars. My snacks consist of nuts and fruits with some kind of nut butter. Also, I love LOTS of water. It’s so important to stay hydrated and flush the body of toxins.


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