Here she is, the last monthly challenge of the summer! Mermaids are only appropriate. This move strengthens abs, obliques, and legs all at the same time! Save, pin, or print the calendar and complete throughout the month. Here’s how to mermaid: lay on your side, head on one arm. Lift legs slightly off floor and cross ankles. Lift and lower legs, keeping straight and together (using abdominal muscles) for time allotted. Stay strong, tight, and focus on the abs. Bring it on, August.
1. A day without smiling and a good tail wag is a wasted day.
3. Every one (and every thing) wants to be your friend, they just don’t know it yet.
4. Be creative. Anything can be a chew toy if you use your imagination.
6. Car rides are magical mysterious adventures.
8. A good cuddle cures everything.
10. When you gotta go, you gotta go.
11. If you’re unsure about a situation, always sniff it out.
12. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes.
13. Life’s a beach. At the beach.
15. When in doubt, mark your territory.
16. Don’t let summer pass you by without a good sprinkler party.
18. Always lick the bowl clean. No one likes waste.
19. Never underestimate the power of a good belly rub.
20. Being man’s best friend is no small task.
One Healthy Breakdown: Wise words from one cute pup.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. ~ Nelson Mandela
- BePositive (daily quotes)
- MapMyRun (tracks route, activity, distance, calories, etc.)
- Affirmations (daily positive affirmations)
- Farmstand (search locations for nearby farmer’s markets and farm stands)
- A Beautiful Mess (customize photos into works of art)
- Health Tips (daily health tips and facts)
- Countdown (counts the time until your next big event)
- Fitness Buddy (hundreds of exercises for every body part)
- Stop, Breathe & Think (guided meditations)
- Human (ensures 30 minutes of exercise every day)
- Instagram (no explanation needed, one of my faves, follow me @hamptonskiley!)
One Healthy Breakdown: there’s an app for that!
Blueberries are always good, but now is their time to shine! July is National Blueberry Month and blueberries are more available, affordable, fresh, and tasty than ever…go get some for yourself!
Read ALL about blueberries, their health benefits, and recipe suggestions too. One of my favorite ways to eat blueberries is in a nice cold, healthy smoothie like this one:
Blue Delicious Smoothie:
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 handful spinach or romaine
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 20 almonds or walnuts
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup ice cubes
- 1/3 cup water
One Healthy Breakdown: the perfect way to enjoy those berries on a summer morning!
The beauty of Hamptons Wellness Week is that there are no rules, little direction, and endless possibilities. When we first created Hamptons Wellness Week, the concept immediately grew beyond just free fitness classes. It’s about connecting, growing, and thriving. It’s about creating a balance between old and new, challenging and rejuvenating, and balancing goodness for the mind, body, and soul.
I spent Sunday at the Southampton Farmer’s Market meeting and greeting (and eating fresh local goods!) and was lucky enough to catch a Pure Barre class right across the street. I walked in feeling great and walked out feeling extraordinary, flexible, and fit. Is the goal of Wellness Week to diet and detox all week? Heck, no! But a week full of wellness sure does make us more in-tune with how we fuel our bodies. The more energy-packed foods we eat, the more energy we have to move. Kicking the week off right set me up for better balance all around.
Monday morning came along and I was so excited to step out of my comfort zone and onto the beach for Jimmy Mindardi’s Beach Workout. After hearing about Jimmy for years, I couldn’t wait to get started…and then I couldn’t wait to get finished…! Holy heart-rate, Batman! It was a morning to remember, that’s for sure. If you’re looking for a full body challenge, cardio BLAST, raw outdoor workout, (and have some $ to spend) Jimmy’s your guy. Tell him “Killer” sent you.
Just a beach, some cones, some flags, and about 10 of the most in-shape women I’ve ever met in my entire life. Needless to say that Tuesday I woke up sore as ever. But I had things to do and people to see, so I headed to Hampton Bays to MARVILfit and I’m glad I did. I pedaled through the pain with Marisella and her gang. If you’re going to try something new and you have a feeling you’ll be meeting some inspiring people, it’s worth the drive and the sore muscles, trust me. Get back on the bike…always get back on the bike!
And so I did. When I walked onto the treadmill at Barry’s Bootcamp on Wednesday morning, I wondered if my legs may just fall right off. They did not, thankfully…and as soon as class wrapped up, that post-Barry’s high was well worth every minute, incline, and lift..and later came some stretching, lots and lots of stretching.
By Thursday, my body had just about had it, it was time I “take care of what I’ve got.” I decided to balance out the physical exhaustion with some much-needed spiritual goodness. The day started with yoga, ended with yoga, and included nothing but R&R in between. Thank goodness for Time to Breathe Zen in Southampton! I enjoyed a private yoga session with Kristina, who is not only one delightful yogi, but also incredibly skilled, graceful, welcoming, and clearly intuitive as this is how we wrapped up:
Pure bliss. After our yoga session, I moved right along to some reflexology and meditation. I sunk into the cozy chair and into my own little world. Utilizing the wide variety of guided meditations on the personal tablet during my reflexology treatment, I was definitely breathing nothing but zen. What’s better than personalized yoga, reflexology, and meditation? How about following it all up with a manicure and pedicure for 50% off?! Yes, please!
Thanks to Flying Point Nail Spa for putting the icing on cake of my afternoon of pampering! Just thinking about it makes me excited for the next Wellness Week! After all, where and when can you get utterly pampered and super fit all in the same week, at HUGE discounts?! Oh I love me some Hamptons Wellness Week!
Sporting newly primped nails and full of zen, I headed to Wolffer for some Sunset Salutations.
So we stayed. If that doesn’t say “job satisfaction,” I don’t know what does! Just an hour of Yoga in the Vines can turn anyone into a yogi, it’s really just that good. Talk about a day of R&R!
Friday morning started with a green smoothie and some Dance Cardio at Elements Fitness Studio. The weekend couldn’t have kicked off any better! This class is the perfect combination of cardio, core, strength, sculpt, and choreographed fun, head to toe! It just may be impossible to get bored of this fast-moving class and I can’t wait to head back for more!
Last but definitely not least, it was time to ditch the yoga pants and celebrate an amazing week at the Old Stove Pub for our “Wellness Wing-Ding” (smiling here with Kim of Hamptons Health Concierge and Emily of AKT in Motion, two fabulous HWW providers.) With the sun shining, drinks flowing, live music playing, healthy apps passing, plates breaking, (opa!) and Hamptons Wellness Week rockstars all in one place, a good time was had by all. Greeks know how to throw a party that’s for sure!
The perfect way to wrap up a perfect week! Ok, enough of me, what about YOU?! Regardless of how you chose to spend your Wellness Week, if you put yourself first, tried something new, went outside of your comfort zone, spoiled yourself, and felt better, healthier, more balanced, GO YOU! You succeeded at Hamptons Wellness Week! Where and how did you spend your week? What did you try? Who did you meet? How did you challenge yourself? Where did you pamper yourself? What was your favorite part? Least favorite? We want to know! Email email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, highlights, questions, and suggestions! We can’t wait to plan the next Wellness Week this JANUARY (mark your calendar!) and your input means a LOT to us as we embark on our second year!
Most of all, we can’t thank YOU enough, participants, providers, trainers, instructors, sponsors, and supporters! It’s YOU who makes this event so amazing, so keep up the good work! Be sure to follow Hamptons Wellness Week on Facebook and Twitter for exciting updates and stay well!
One Healthy Hamptons: Happy Hamptons Wellness Week to all and to all, a great SUMMER!
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. ~ Richard Bach
- Who: Hamptons Wellness Week participants, providers, sponsors, and guests.
- What: A cocktail party! Free prosecco, margaritas, appetizers, and gift bags for the first 100 guests!
- Where: The Old Stove Pub, 3516 Montauk Highway, (Route 27) Sagaponack, NY.
- When: Friday, July 18th 5-7pm
- Cost: Free for HWW ticket holders and participating businesses. $20 for guests.
- Why: Why not?! A percentage of HWW’s proceeds benefit the Wing it Project to fund children’s education around the world!
One Healthy Breakdown: Let’s get ready to Wing-Ding!
Everyone who has taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference. ~ Nolan Buhnell
Whether it’s a morning or afternoon pick-me-up you’re looking for, coffee is a low-cal bev when done right. This lite latte can be served warm or iced for a refreshing boost that cures a sweet tooth without indulging in a high-calorie Frappucino…sorry Starbucks! Our healthy latte is homemade and only about 15 calories total!
Just add almond milk and stevia to your hot or iced cup of plain coffee. If you have a frother at home, froth away my friend! If you have espresso handy, get super fancy and add an espresso shot for extra caffeine. Top with cinnamon for added flavor and nutritional benefits too! Enjoy!
One Healthy Breakdown: amazing what a simple cup of joe can do for you!