Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category
A few years ago, I spent a week at Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico). During my stay, I sampled a variety of classes, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed one that involved hula hooping. I’m neither athletic nor particularly coordinated, so when I saw the hoops on the ground, I was a little dubious about the class. But it turns out, I’m a surprisingly good hula hooper and sometimes even grab one at the gym and use it for 10 minutes as a great ab blaster. So when I heard that hula is hot this month at the Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, I was sort of disappointed that I don’t live in the Windy City. Throughout the month of May, the spa is featuring Hula Hooping for Health ($30) each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Led by certified trainer Toni Scott, this rigorous 45-minute Hula Hoop class tones arms, glutes, and thighs; increases flexibility; and helps participants burn up to 100 calories every eight minutes, which is the equivalent of running one mile. Here’s hoping the New York outpost of the hotel brings the class to Manhattan. I’ll most certainly be signing up.
I don’t like to run. At all. A few years ago, my team and I ran a half-marathon for charity. While I was thrilled with the funds we were able to raise, at the end of the race, I was equally thrilled to be able to stop the training and return to my regular fitness routine. But I just heard about a new package from The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas, that makes running seem a bit more palatable—in fact, it makes it sound downright enticing. Run and Recover ($205 to $235) is an interactive experience during which a hotel guest can enjoy a run along Dallas’ famed Katy Trail near The Ritz-Carlton, accompanied by a hotel Running Buddy who is familiar with the area, its running terrain, and trail options. After an accompanied run of up to one hour, the guest will return to The Ritz-Carlton Spa for a 50- or 80-minute Fitness and Sports Massage, a customized athlete’s therapy that addresses pain and trigger points related to muscle stress and sports injuries. It’s the perfect solution to treat the perils of running with the pleasure of spa. Where can I sign up?
Although I generally enjoy working out, I bore easily when it comes to classes. That’s why I eventually cancelled my gym membership and took up taekwon-do. I found the progressive nature of martial arts appealing, as I was constantly being challenged to learn new things. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to hear that Core Fusion co-creators Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito had recently created a new approach to Core Fusion training with the introduction of Core Fusion Boot Camp. I attended a preview class earlier this week and found myself challenged in numerous ways. The new class accelerates and enhances the strength and flexibility benefits of traditional Core classes by adding power moves that incorporate core balls and weights to the workout. With summer right around the corner, I’m looking forward to incorporating the class into my own workout regime and even more excited about the lean abs and sculpted legs that are sure to follow. There is even a dvd that I can watch from home. Core Fusion Boot Camp is slated to launch in Exhale spas nationwide in late April or early May.
For those who are seeking a customized health and wellness experience in the tri-state area need look no further than the Active Center for Health & Wellness in Hackensack, NJ. With a staff composed of medical doctors, registered dietitians, personal trainers, skincare experts, acupuncturists, massage therapists and wellness coaches at readily available, guests find the right program for them to achieve optimum wellness by combining the latest advances in traditional western medicine with complementary health modalities. The center also offers a variety of seminars on numerous health and wellness topics. Here, we share with you the top five tips recently presented by Carrie Kelley, R.D., during a presentation on how to attain proper nutrition:
- You must eat a breakfast that consists of a carbohydrate, protein, and good fat.
- Don’t drink your calories, because your body doesn’t recognize liquids as satiating nutrition..
- Snack throughout the day, and be sure not to go more than three hours without eating a snack containing about 150 calories.
- Have good fat in your diet, such as fish, almonds, and soybeans.
- Eat at least 30 grams of fiber per day to help keep you regular.
Here in New York City, I belong to Equinox, a fabulous collection workout facilities that are paired with spas. I love the gyms, the classes, the instructors, and the spas—needless to say, I’m obsessed. Now, even more people may be joining in my Equinox obsession, thanks to a brand-new marketing campaign. Shot by famed fashion photographer Terry Richardson and curated in-house for the first time under the new leadership of Chief Marketing Officer Cie Nicholson, the By Equinox campaign blurs the lines between fashion, fitness, and lifestyle by capturing intimate moments that reveal the benefits of fitness without overtly focusing on the act itself. “His signature approach of gritty flash photography makes the viewer feel as if he or she has just witnessed a private moment—or was let in on a little secret,” says Bianca Kosoy, Equinox creative director says about the Richardson-shot series of ads.
The advertisements can now be seen across a variety of print and digital platform platforms. Phone kiosks and other outdoor signage will go up in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Miami, Washington, and San Francisco, cities that are home to one or more of the brand’s 51 full-service facilities. With bathing suit season just a few short months away, I’m certainly inspired.
If your 2011 resolution is to make wellness a priority in your life, then consider implementing some of the time-tested lessons from members of the Destination Spa Group (DSG). “You can’t escape it; stress is a fact of life we all need to learn to manage,” says DSG executive director Debra Koerner. “The professionals at Destination Spas are amazing resources to teach you how to control stress in order to live a well-balanced life.” Here they share some tips for living a more balanced life.
- From Lake Austin Spa Resort’s fitness director Sharon Rekieta: When caught in a crazy, busy day, try the Breath Series of Four – inhale to a slow count of four; hold the breath for a slow count of four, exhale completely to a slow count of four. Repeat four times
- Golden Door behavioral therapist Cindi Peterson wants you to just say ‘no.’ “Learn to set your limits and stick to them,” she says. “You don’t have to attend every party you are invited to, or volunteer at every function.”
- Deborah Marshall-Warren, hypnotherapist at Six Senses Sanctuary Phuket urges you to celebrate your health and talk about wellness and being well, rather than being ill, and diseased. “The subconscious listens and hears every word and every thought, so sing a song of wellness and happiness, and then your subconscious will chorus your success,” she says.
- Try a group approach says Mountain Trek fitness director Cathy Grierson. “Look for like-minded individuals that will help motivate you through those ‘rainy’ days,” she says. “It could be informal such as suggesting to friends to walk your dogs together, joining a fitness club, or taking a class at your local recreation center.”
- John Yohman, certified trainer at Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge has this formula for exercise success: Maximize your benefits by doing cardio sprints after performing two strength exercises. Pick six strength exercises or machines that work major muscle groups. Pair the strength exercises performing 20 – 30 reps of each exercise, followed by a one-two minute sprint of any cardio activity. Rest for 45 seconds and continue to the next grouping
- Fitness director Nancy Byrd Radding at The Oaks at Ojai suggests, “Get moving! Do at least 30 minutes a day of something. Hire a trainer for a month if you need motivation. Join a class, buy a DVD, get to the gym, or pull the machine out of the garage. Calendar in your workouts like a dental or medical appointment.”
With the new year fast approaching, now is the time to make those healthy resolutions. For those who want to get fit (and who doesn’t want that?), Canyon Ranch is launching the new Canyon Ranch Everyday Fitness application for iPad. It provides workout tips and easy-to-follow exercise demonstration videos to help inspire users to get up and get fit. The app is the first in a series of three from the popular destination spa. In early 2011, the spa will debut Healthy Eats, which will feature more than 50 Canyon Ranch signature healthy gourmet recipes as well as cooking tips and 360 Wellbeing, a collection of health-related videos and tips from the spa’s various experts. “The Canyon Ranch mission is to inspire people to make a commitment to healthy living, and we are thrilled to be able to share our healthful philosophy and expert knowledge with a wider audience,” says chief marketing officer Michael Doneff. “These apps encourage individuals to set attainable goals and incorporate movement and overall wellness into their everyday lives.” The Everyday Fitness app is now available to download from the Healthcare and Fitness category of the Apple iTunes store for $3.99.
The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago) is helping guests keep their health and wellness goals in mind this holiday season by offering specials designed to calm, balance, and revitalize the body. Every Friday evening from Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, guests can partake in Yo-Flow ($30 a person per class for non-members), a fitness class consisting of strength-building exercises that combine techniques of Hatha yoga and tai chi. The class encourages steady balance, breathing, and seamless movement. Guests will leave feeling rested and invigorated. It’s the perfect way to de-stress after a day of holiday shopping!
• Losing It and Keeping Fit! This 60-minute DVD features Valerie Bertinelli and celebrity trainer Christopher Ross Lane. It offers a beginner’s routine, a bikini-ready workout, and a bonus abs sculpting segment.
• Tara Stiles Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions From tunnels in Central Park to the famous Flatiron Building, Stiles goes on location in The Big Apple while teaching viewers yoga basics, as well as more advanced moves in this 60-minute DVD set to rock music.
• The Pursuit of Happy Hips Featuring routines varying in length from 25 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, this DVD from Canadian yoga instructor Eoin Finn features a series of alignment-based yoga moves for hip and shoulder opening, core strengthening, and breathing and centering practices.
• Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs and Glutes Five 10-minute workouts demonstrated on this DVD by Core Fusion creators Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp focus on lifting your buns, toning your legs, and trimming your waist.
• Black Belt Golf: White Belt Lesson Martial artist, golfer, and certified fitness instructor Ryan White teaches viewers some guided meditations using martial arts to help improve their golf game by helping them warm up, stretch, and increase stamina.
Be sure to check out other fitness tips and trends in our September issue, which you can view digitally here.
Yoga is anything but standard, thanks to Standard Yoga classes offered at The Standard hotels in South Beach, FL, and New York City. The program got its start in Florida and has now debuted at the Manhattan outpost of Andre Balazs’s hip brand. There, $20 classes are being held throughout the hotel, including the High Line room, the 18th floor Relax Pool room, and outdoors on the High Line Terrace and Roof Top Terrace, which offers inspiring views of the Hudson River and the trendy Meatpacking District. Classes will also soon be available on the west coast at The Standard, Hollywood and The Standard, Downtown LA. For more cool yoga classes being offered worldwide, be sure to check out An Exercise in Fitness, a supplement to our September issue that offers tips for whipping your spa into shape and provides a look at the latest fitness trends, clothing, equipment, and more.