Each new year brings with it a sense of renewed inspiration and motivation to get healthy. While taking beneficial steps on your own, such as, well, taking actual steps daily or shifting your eating in a healthier direction are admirable, sometimes outside influence is needed to learn or instill beneficial new habits.
Whether your goal is to slim down, muscle up, be mindful, try something new or simply focus on overall well-being, there are many resources available locally to help you achieve your goal.
Here are 12 ways to help make getting healthy a priority in your life in 2018.
Roundabout Grilloffers two meal programs to help make balanced, healthy eating easy. Each features pre-packaged meals available for pickup at several locations citywide twice each week. Gym Rat meals are based on specific calorie counts with carbohydrate, protein and fat proportions plus ingredients clearly listed. The Caveman program is similar, but caters to Paleo eaters. Items like broiled shrimp and caramelized shallots with mashed cauliflower, asparagus and parsley garnish make a four-week commitment and weekly starting price of $355 more palatable.
BeFit Foods, relaunched after its original incarnation as the brick-and-mortar BFF Café, offers meals prepared with taste and nutrition in mind from the comfort of home. Each fully-cooked dish that BeFit offers is diabetic-friendly and gluten-free, with vegan, vegetarian and paleo options also available. They’re even pre-packaged in environmentally friendly fashion. Grab-and-go options are also available daily at Liberty Food and Wine Exchange. Home (or office) deliveries are made twice weekly and are free with a minimum order of $100, but must be ordered online by certain days and times. A menu of items like grilled tri-tip plates and cauliflower bread is available, giving healthy eaters options to whet their palates with items of their choosing, each nutritionally proportioned for optimal health.
Learn to be your own healthy chef with classes like the Techniques series at Nothing To It Culinary Center. Learning the basics of cooking helps anyone prepare healthier meals.
With a bevy of gym basics at your disposal, including equipment, a running track, steam rooms, classes and a swimming pool, St. Mary’s Fitness Center also offers members Health Coaching for up to three months. This helps assess goals, explore risk factors and personal challenges that may affect your fitness goals, identify strengths and create an overall plan to get you where you want to be, health-wise.
Pumping iron or 30 minutes on the elliptical not your thing? Head to Pure Barre in either north or south Reno for low-impact, hourlong workouts focusing on strengthening and stretching your entire body to create leaner, longer muscle tone. Isometric moves using a ballet barre and floor exercises leave you sore but satisfied.
Providing a multi-faceted fitness experience, Reno’s Mesa Rim is primarily a climbing gym, but also offers yoga and fitness classes plus personal training. No matter your skill level, climbers can head up the walls on their own, or get instruction from the pros in small groups or privately. Monthly memberships commitments aren’t required here to access all the facilities, but are offered for $70 a month, along with available drop-in day rates of $19. Discounts are also provided to students, active military, first responders and professional climbing guides.
Direct doses of vitamin B12 that can be combined with a host of amino acids, minerals and other available supplements are easily injected into those seeking a quick nutritional fix at the Shot Spot. Claiming to boost everything from your metabolism to your energy level and immune system, Owner Lanette Simone uses her nutritional expertise to help determine what you may need after a consultation session.
The team at BeXtreme helps people seeking to lose weight and get healthier with a multi-layered plan and personal guidance. After learning more about you and your goals, they help guide you on a paleo diet plan while also using injected supplements, weekly consultations and even appetite suppressing medication, if desired, to help you reach your goals.
Yoga relaxes the mind while working the body through a series of poses, some centuries old, from India. Focus and energy flow are encouraged by the movements, ranging from simple to highly difficult, depending on the class and teacher. Each yoga practice can be tailored to your individual abilities and needs, but breathing flow is key to each, resulting in a calming sensation if done properly. Meditation is a facet within each practice, closing sessions with an introspective centering of the mind and body. Check out The Studio in Reno.
Something a little outside of the box, while simultaneously inside a box, is found at Healing One. Sensory deprivation chambers filled with 2,000 pounds of Epsom salts and body-temperature water remove all external stimuli to induce full mental and physical decompression and a deep meditative state while you float. Gentle music lulls you into meditation before stopping for the rest of your experience, then cues you when time’s about up.
Take a healthy trek from San Francisco to the Wine Country -- on foot. Or perhaps another, shorter journey offered by Wine Country Trekking. Armed with a comprehensive guide to the miles of trails you’ll be journeying on, the self-guided pedestrian getaway is replete with lodging, some meals and bonus experiences like kayaking and even wine tastings. Inspired by treks widely found across Europe, their team transports your luggage between the inns where you’ll sleep each night, feed you breakfast, pack you a lunch, then send you on your way for about five to seven hours of on-foot exploration each day.
In need of some mental and physical rejuvenation? Head to Expanding Light Retreat in nearby Nevada City. Choose your preferred lodging type, ranging from tents to well-appointed private rooms, and the length of time you’d like to escape from the day-to-day grind, whether just a weekend or a multi-day sojourn. First-timers receive thorough instruction on meditation, yoga, and tips to give you a more balanced life. Strictly vegetarian meals are provided three times each day, and you’ll get a chance to see how yogis live.