New Year, new you. Right?
You might already be feeling tired, pasty, dry, wrinkled, sluggish … all the headlining symptoms of winter. If this sounds familiar, then this month’s FINDS are dedicated to you, your health and wellness.
Elements Massage has a wellness program membership that includes regular monthly massages at discounted ($20 off) rates. Pay in advance for each massage, and if you don’t use them, they roll over to the next month. This is a great way to ensure you are getting a regular massage to work out all the kinks. Prices start at $69 a month.
Should a coffeemaker be considered part of the wellness category? If you have to ask, you’re obviously not a coffee drinker. The Chemex coffeemaker is so simple and makes incredible coffee. (We’re told that those who try the Chemex never go back to the Keurig.) A manual, pour-over style, glass-container coffeemaker, which was invented in 1941, the Chemex is sold in 3-, 6-, 8- and 10-cup containers at Williams-Sonoma, with prices starting at $34.95.
Top vitamins for women
According to Camille and Shane Moseley, owners of FitLou Adventure Boot Camp for Women, the most important vitamins for ladies are (and they were nice enough to tell us their favorite brands):
- Folic acid: Not just for the pregnant gals, folic acid plays a vital role in heart health for all women — pregnant or not — because it aids in the formation of red blood cells. Recommended brands: Futurebiotics and Vitamin Code
- Fish 0il: Our bodies cannot produce this integral supplement, which benefits the brain and heart, and aids a laundry list of chronic conditions and even depression. Recommended brands: Nordic Naturals – Omega-3 Purified Fish Oil and Stronger. Faster. Healthier.
- Calcium: This crucial supplement is the foundation for building and maintaining strong bones, which is a must as we age. Recommended brands: Caltrate and Kind Organics
- Iron: Iron is needed to transport oxygen in the body’s red blood cells, but many women are iron-deficient. The headlining symptom? Fatigue. Get your energy back by incorporating more iron into your diet or supplement regimen. Recommended brands: Mason Vitamins and New Chapter
- Vitamin D: Our bodies store and produce Vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. In the winter months, it is important to take a supplement to maintain and build strong bones. Recommended brands: Nordic Naturals and Now
- Magnesium: Magnesium is important for energy production, oxygen uptake, central nervous system function, electrolyte balance, glucose metabolism and muscle activity — including the heart. Recommended brands: Mason Vitamins and Natural Calm
As a connoisseur of dry shampoos, this is a favorite because it works and it doesn’t smell. With other shampoos, the smell is so strong, it practically advertises that you did not wash your hair. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo can be found at any grocery or drugstore for around $6.
Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream is the most recommended product at the Circe Beauty Bar by manager Sloan Winters. Why? It reduces lines, puffiness and overall “tiredness,” and the effects are long lasting. Sold locally at Circe’s Beauty Bar for $18.
Not just lotion, dermae’s Pink Grapefruit Hand & Body Moisture Therapy is literally moisture therapy. With the consistency of milk, it quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves no greasy residue. Buy it at the Smoothie King on Lime Kiln Lane in their natural products section for $11.95.
This alcohol-free toner made by Fresh smells wonderful, plumps your skin and leaves you glowing. Let’s face it (pun intended!), our skin needs all the love it can get right now. Sold at Sephora for $38
Gel nail polish without the UV light
Sally Hansen makes Miracle Gel nail polish that requires no UV light to dry it. Simply put on two coats of color, then follow with the top coat. Nails dry in minimal time and the manicure lasts for a solid week (maybe more if you are not hard on your hands). Sold for about $8 a bottle at any grocery or drugstore
Still look tired? Fake it ’til you make it with Jouer’s Eye-Brightening Stick, sold at Circe’s Beauty Bar for $32. This is another recommendation from manager Sloan Winters.
Scrub off that reptilian winter skin with this Glo Minerals Sugar Body Polish. Sold at Clique Waxing Boutique for $21
Explore New Fitness Options
Here are three fitness options (two of them are relatively new to town: Orange Theory Fitness and Iron Tribe Fitness) to try in the new year:
Orange Theory Fitness
Need to find a way to get a productive workout in a short amount of time? Orange Theory Fitness, voted the best one-hour workout in the country, is a personal training program that measures your heart rate in intervals with cardiovascular and strength training. A little hesitant to commit? Orange Theory offers a free session prior to signing up.
Iron Tribe Fitness
This total body workout and diet plan will get you in gear. After a 30-day program that teaches you basic movements and nutrition secrets, you’ll be ready for the Iron Tribe Fitness program, which tracks your personal fitness and diet with daily, 45-minute workouts. Iron Tribe Fitness is brand new to Louisville with their first branch on the corner of Brownsboro Road and Chamberlain Lane. Call (502) 881-1236 or visit their website to learn more.
Yoga Integrated Science (Yoga I.S.)
Yoga I.S. is not your average yoga class. The classes focus on strength building, rather than just flexibility, with a wide variety of classes including YogaBarre, YogaPilates and T’ai Chi. Love doing yoga and think you would be a good instructor? Start the new year with the goal to teach at Yoga I.S., which also has a training program for those interested in becoming yoga instructors. Packages start at $15, with their best deal being an unlimited monthly package for $99. Register online or call (502) 891-0072.
Modern mix tape
The app named 8Track is the closest thing to a mix tape that you can get on your smartphone. Make one for workouts and one for relaxing, just like the old days, but without the double tape deck boombox. You can also choose from preproduced playlists. It’s a free app; download it here.
This write-on wall calendar from Celebrations is “A Breath of Fresh Air,” with a new, beautiful illustration for each month. Sold for $26.75
Cleanup time! Need a place to store your pillows, throws and any other items that need a “home?” Try this wire basket from Home Inspired, on sale for $82.
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Happy January! Keep reading SB each day to learn about new fitness options, good local food or some great treasures at local businesses. Here’s to 2015!
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