If you’ve been reading your Facebook or Twitter feed recently, you’ve surely been watching on as the the world prepares for their coveted summer vacations. And if you’re one of those lucky ducks who’s getting ready to set off for some carefree time in the sun, be sure to include the Eat Well Guide when you’re packing for your trip.
The Eat Well Guide is a free, online dictionary that contains more than 250,000 healthy eating options including fresh, locally grown, and even sustainably-produced food in the United States and Canada. Instead of succumbing to a drive-thru while you’re out of town, you can search the best cafes, stores, and even farmers markets near you to find healthy eats where you may be. This little tool will help you avoid making your vacation from work and school a vacation from your healthy eating habits as well.
Beyond the fantastic database of eateries, the Eat Well Guide also offers the Eat Well Everywhere Travel Map, which is available in app-form. This versatile function allows travelers to find healthy options near their driving route wherever they may land. (more…)
Nestled in a stunning box canyon at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, Telluride, Colorado boasts gorgeous mountain scenery, miles of all season exploration, fabulous shopping, and world-class cuisine. What was once a thriving, turn of the century mining town is now home to skiing enthusiasts, nature lovers, retired dignitaries and celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld, just to name a few.
It is no wonder people from all backgrounds flock to Telluride. With a schedule full of informative, fun and educational festivals, from the world renowned Telluride Film Festival to the fungus fan’s Mushroom Festival, Telluride provides a take-your-breath-away backdrop that no other place can offer.
This summer, hundreds of yogis will make the pilgrimage to Telluride to take part in the 5th annual Telluride Yoga Festival, happening from July 12-15. With an impressive line up of presenters including Duncan Wong, Alanna Kaivalya and Karl Straub, this festival is sure to be a very memorable experience.
Imagine beginning your day with a cup of hot steaming coffee from one of the local meeting places in town. As residents and visitors gather to shoot the breeze over a chai mocha latte, you can almost hear the walls of Telluride’s historic old buildings whispering their own tales of life in the late 1800’s.
We’re excited to share that Jill Lawson, our resident yoga expert, is leading a yoga and surfing retreat. Hosted by Via Yoga, the six-day retreat is over Thanksgiving weekend in Sayulita, Mexico, a picturesque beach town 35 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Jill will be teaching two 90-minute yoga classes per day, and there will be four surf lessons throughout the week.
Jill explains that yoga and surfing go hand in hand, because they both have a meditative quality to them. “Surfing and yoga also share a lot of the same physical components,” she says. “Both surfing and yoga require balance, flexibility and upper body strength. Chaturanga and/or plank pose uses similar muscles as the surfing ‘pop up’ which is a move used to get from lying on the board up to standing. Once we’ve made it on the board, our sense of balance must take over.”
By Jenilee Matz
Nowadays, many parents worry their children aren’t getting enough exercise. Too many electronic distractions, video games, social media, and too much screentime. With all the talk about the childhood obesity epidemic, it’s no wonder parents are concerned.
The good news is that you can help your children get moving. Active family day trips are great for everyone. Kids and parents alike will burn calories and enjoy each other’s company. Try one of these activities this weekend. You’ll all have so much fun that you won’t know you’re exercising!
Get in touch with nature. You don’t have to be an Eagle Scout to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. Visit a national park or local nature path. Traipse the trails with your family and stop to take breaks and enjoy the sights. See who can spot certain animals, insects, and plants.
by Descygna Webb
As Spring Break and summer vacation approach, both parents and kids wonder what their next vacation adventure will bring. Planning a family vacation can be a lot of work. This is especially true when you’re trying to find a place that both the kids and adults will enjoy without breaking the bank.
Something that might be helpful when looking for a good spot for the family to spend their vacation is looking for a place that allows you to get in plenty of activity. Finding healthy vacation spots that are family-friendly can be an undertaking but it’s perfectly doable. The places listed below are great for families wanting to enjoy a variety of activities while on vacation. Being away from home allows you time to explore things you don’t regularly get to do and create great memories.
by Descygna Webb
Going on vacation for many people means relaxing and leaving behind the routine of everyday life. For those that want to stay in shape and be active during their vacation, there are some destinations that might be better than others. Spring Break is quickly approaching and the high traffic summer months follow quickly after that. Finding the perfect vacation spot can be difficult to do on your own. We’ve compiled a list of the best vacation spots for those that want to stay active during their time away from home. These places offer a chance to have fun and play while doing activities you may not have access to in your home town. Whether you’re staying stateside or vacationing abroad, these destinations have a lot to offer.
While it may be difficult for some of us to imagine, warmer days are ahead of us. That means vacation season will be upon us before you know it. While most vacations are centered around sipping cocktails on the beach and lazing around, you can also take a fitness vacation.
Don’t look at this as work, but as a way to get away from the stresses of life and treat yourself to a scenic vacation that just happens to also be good for your health.
Now, oftentimes fitness vacations can be pretty pricey. Guided tours, pampering afterward at a spa… this can all add up very quickly. If you’re on a tight budget, there’s no reason you can’t find a trip that fits your frugal needs. Here are a few fitness vacation options that can get you there:
Breakfast at a diner, lunch at the airport, snack at the gas station, dinner at (gasp!) McDonald’s. You finally reach your hotel, drift into a jet-lag induced coma and sleep in well past your normal workout time. It seems so inevitable: Spring Break is around the corner and we all know the health challenges that come with traveling. I’m not judging, I’ve been there! Anything goes when you’re on vacation, but the trick is to stay in control. You don’t want to find yourself coming home with the “Spring break is over, man, I blew my diet, now I’m home exhausted and bloated” blues.
Cammy Chapel is a writer/solopreneur living in Memphis, TN. Her blog, The Tippy Toe Diet, chronicles her successful and wonderfully imperfect path to losing 100 pounds and how she maintains the loss over two years later. She has been featured in Woman’s Day and AOL’s That’s Fit.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hectic and stressful requirements of daily living that the care and maintenance of our relationships with others, especially our significant others, takes a back seat. If you and your sweetheart are in need of some quality time together, it might be time to plan a restorative, romantic getaway. No kids, parents, friends, bosses, or other life distractions allowed!
Getting away from your daily routine doesn’t mean you have to abandon health and fitness. Not completely, anyway. Here are some tips for planning a romantic AND healthy getaway:
Relaxation is probably the number one reason why we go on a vacation- and stress reduction is one of the most popular reasons why people turn to yoga. So what happens when you combine the calming effects of yoga with the tranquility of a beach resort? A very memorable, peaceful and healthy vacation.
Thanks to the rise of yoga, a complete yoga-inspired culture has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. So it should come as no surprise that where we choose to go for some rest and repose also has some space for sticky mats, incense and vegetarian fare.
For those who want to stay in the country or for those who want to venture abroad, when it comes to taking a yoga vacation, you have a tremendous number of options available to you.
Here are some of the hottest destinations for a yoga vacation. (more…)