Fun Santa Monica Activities To Help Live Healthier In 2014

Friday, 3 Jan 2014, 8:50:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Start the New Year exercising and eating healthy to get the most out of 2014.
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Start the New Year exercising and eating healthy to get the most out of 2014.

Home to the Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica has been attracting fitness gurus for decades.

Today, Santa Monica is still widely known for its active lifestyle and is at the forefront of many health trends.

Whether you are inspired by food, fitness or fashion, here are a few

healthy tips from the Santa Monica wellness community for the New Year.

Discover Santa Monica On Bike

Regularly increasing your heart rate with exercise has been linked to

lowering cholesterol, improving cardiovascular health, weight loss,

reduced levels of stress, and improved sleep habits. Feel the spike by

renting a bike at one of Perry’s on the Beach’s four Santa Monica

locations and exploring beautiful Santa Monica on two wheels. Learn

about Perry’s bike services, tours, and beach rentals and services at www.perryscafe.com.

Spend More Time Upside Down

Studies have show that performing inversions lead to increased

energy, spine lengthening, increased strength and flexibility, and

better digestion. Gain all of this and more with Jill Franklin’s Aerial

Physique, offered at M7 Fitness on Montana Avenue. Aerial Physique uses

an apparatus called “aerial silk” to give you the strength of a Cirque

du Soleil performer, the beautiful lines of a ballet dancer, and the

ease of movement like a Pilates pro. Visit www.aerialphysique.com.

Plan Your Workout

People who work out daily are healthier, happier, and more productive

than their less active counterparts. The students at Revolution Fitness

who pre-plan their exercise for the week by signing up for a variety of

classes are 85 percent more likely to stay committed to an exercise

program and their fitness goals. Whether you want to try spinning, core

barre, strength, yoga, Pilates, TRX, or Indo-Row classes, Revolution

Fitness offers it all. Visit www.RevolutionFitness.net.

Sweat Out The Toxins

Doing yoga in the heat increases metabolism, flushes toxins,

increases flexibility, and strengthens the immune system. Enjoy all of

these benefits while breaking a sweat at Hot 8 Yoga, and then grab a

fresh pressed juice on your way out after class. Read more about the

benefits at www.hot8yoga.com.

Get Healthy Skin

Keep skin healthy by getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of

water to keep skin hydrated. For a truly radiant complexion, swing by

Skin Laundry’s new Montana Avenue location for an innovative laser

treatment that will vaporize bacteria, minimize pore size, reduce

pigmentation and encourage collagen stimulation. Visit www.skinlaundry.com for more information.

Easy Hair Care

Sechoir+ believes in the promotion a healthy lifestyle through

positive thinking. Meditating the mind, body and heart and purifying the

mind with good thoughts will positively impact the body, both

physically and mentally. To look as good you feel, visit Sechoir+,

Montana Avenue’s new eco-friendly Aveda salon, to experience its full

blow dry bar with an extensive menu selection including: modern

braiding, elaborate blow dries, updos, cut, color, extensions and hair

and scalp treatments. For a full list of services, visit www.sechoirplus.com.

Fitness Fashion

Need some extra fitness motivation? Let a new workout wardrobe

inspire you! Lorna Jane at Santa Monica Place lets you make a sporty

statement in bright hues and vibrant prints made from intelligent

performance fabrics that are perfect to go from the juice bar to the gym

in ultimate style. Receive 20 percent off your purchase during Eat Well

Week (Jan. 5-12) with proof of receipt from a participating restaurant.

Visit www.lornajane.com.

Get A Healthy Glow

No sun, but still want the glow? Get a healthy and natural faux glow

at Santa Monica’s Chocolate Sun, which offers organic and

antioxidant-infused airbrush tanning. As the pioneer and creator of the

first organic sunless tanning solution chocked full of anti aging

antioxidants, Chocolate Sun was recognized by Allure Magazine in their

2013 “Best of Beauty Awards.” Visit chocolatesun.com.

Start With Healthy Ingredients

A clean healthy diet begins with fresh simple ingredients. Start 2013

off right by visiting one of the acclaimed Santa Monica Farmers

Markets. Choose from four weekly markets, each with their own unique

personality and experience, to discover the seasonal ingredients that

will inspire your new lifestyle. Visit smgov.net/farmersmarket for location details and recipes.

Enhance Your Cooking Skills

Learn how to make your own delicious meals from locally sourced Santa

Monica Farmers Market produce at the Gourmandise School of Sweets &

Savories in The Market at Santa Monica Place. One great option for

beginners is the Follow That Chef series, where students have the

opportunity to meet a chef or book author, tour the Santa Monica Farmers

Market and head back to the school for a cooking demonstration. Learn

more and sign up for classes at www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com/thegourmandiseschool.

Get Outside

Turning fitness into fun is a key component for long-term weight

loss. Whether you prefer surfing, volleyball or beach yoga, O’Neill’s

flagship store in Santa Monica has everything you need for a fun and

active day at the beach including: towels, wax, surfboards, board

shorts, bikinis and wetsuits and O’Neill 365, a new fitness line rooted

in the same technology and innovation that first invented the wetsuit in

1952. Visit www.oneill.com.

Buy Local

You make an investment in the local economy, save time, and reduce

your carbon footprint with each purchase made close to home or work.

Support Santa Monica businesses by buying locally! Learn more at buylocalsantamonica.com.

Reshape. Recharge. Renew.

Get inspired to reshape, recharge and renew in the new year with a

radically different fitness and body-shaping experience that European

and South American women have been benefiting from for decades.

Iobella’s cutting edge technology will help you achieve your body’s

ideal shape and leave you feeling radiant and renewed. Call 310-579-2078

or visit www.iobella.com to arrange a complimentary consultation and body measurement analysis.

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