September Stroll Challenge

We’re strolling right into September, so get your walking shoes ready! That’s right, this month’s challenge is super simple: walk every day. September is the perfect time to stroll – it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the turn of the season is something to be seen. In fact, this challenge is just as good for mental health as it is for physical health. Just like we rarely regret a workout, you surely will not regret taking a nice walk outside, even if just five minutes to break up the day. You may notice that the calendar is pretty bare – that’s where you come in. Some may only be able to break away for 5-10 minutes, while others may have an hour to spare (or stroll.) Just print and hang the calendar somewhere visible and track your own walking each and every day.

Sept Stroll Challenge

One Healthy Breakdown: you know what they say, “a stroll a day keeps the doctor away.”

Hamptons Strolls are The Bee’s Knees

Since my twin girls were born in June, I’ve learned the benefits of long walks outdoors. We have a gigantic double stroller that I take everywhere. We especially enjoy strolling down to the local marinas in Springs to enjoy the fresh air and beauty.

IMG_3342The walking has kept mama happy and fit. I used to be a long-distance runner, but six marathons put a lot of wear-and-tear on my body. I needed an exercise that was not only easier on my joints, but one that the twins might enjoy as well. Long afternoon strolls have been the perfect solution.

As a city transplant, walking has been a great way for me to explore my new neighborhood and meet new neighbors. I’ve gotten to know places like Harbor Marina on Gann Road, Pussy’s Pond on School Street, and of course, Springs General Store on Old Stone Highway. I often chat with people I meet along the way; the most common question I get is “are those twins?” People are always intrigued, My one complaint: There aren’t enough sidewalks!

Much like running always did, walking has kept me grounded. As a new mom of multiples, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed…that’s a bit of an understatement! Getting outside, stretching my legs, and breathing fresh air definitely helps to clear my head. And the girls are always happy, as they enjoy the movement and the views.

We definitely plan to stroll during the holiday season, when the days are short and dark. The girls already have snowsuits in the event that we get some colder weather. We’ll continue to take walks down to the marinas to see how many boats remain. The harbor is always an oasis of calm, and a reminder of why we live here.

One Healthy Breakdown: sometimes the simpler the better. Stroll on!

*Colleen DeBaise is a journalist and founder of the Hampton Bee, a digital publication that covers the East End business community. She’s also a retired marathon runner who secretly plans to make a big comeback to running, maybe at next year’s Hamptons Half-Marathon! For now, strolls are doing the job just fine!

Turkey Burn Baby Burn

The holidays are a time to indulge, absolutely! A little of this and a little of that, sure, but did you know that the average Thanksgiving meal totals about 4,500 calories and over two hundred grams of fat?! Shockingly, it’s true! Don’t you dare skip out on the fun – you can still enjoy your tasty turkey, beloved potatoes, and precious pie, in fact you should! In true Thanksgiving fashion, I give you these tips to burn it off, move it out, bounce back to balance, and regain your sanity!

Turkey-Trot-Logo-071. Sign up for a local Turkey Trot, a popular pre-feast 5k in various towns across the country. If you’re in the Hamptons, Montauk it is! If you don’t have a local trot, pick a playlist that fills you with energy and gratitude and head out for a run around your neighborhood. Even a couple of miles will rev your metabolism, get your endorphins going, and burn off a piece of pie. That “runner’s high” just may empower you to make better food choices all day long!

2. If you’re not going to trot, find a class. Luckily, you’re not the only one seeking a turkey day workout, so dedicate an hour to sweating before the cooking. Here are some of the many options:

  • Join Rachel at Exhale Bridgehampton at 8:10, 9:25, or 10:35am
  • Take 90 Minute Spin at Sag Harbor Gym 8am with Kerrie, John, and Cindy
  • Jim’s at Truth Training in East Hampton at 9:30am
  • LTB with Patti at Pure Barre Southampton at 9:30am
  • Jessy’s teaching open yoga 8:15 Friday at KamaDeva
  • Surf it off with Emma Friday 8am at Well Within
  • You can find Rachelle teaching at Flywheel at 8:30am
  • Turkey TRX with Linda at 8:45 Thurs and Fri. Gain some peace of mind at Silich Core + Strength in EH for Indo Board Yoga with Evelyn at 9:45 Fri.) ‘Tis the season for giving and Silich is offering unlimited classes for $200 thru Dec. 31, free yoga when you purchase 1 TRX class, and sales on personal training, gift bundles, gift cards, & youth packages!

Image-1(7)3. Walk it off. Instead of settling on the couch after your big meal, why not take a family walk? Leash the dog, rally the crew, bundle up, and take a spin around the neighborhood. Walking is the best non-workout workout because you can literally do it wherever you are (no excuses!) Your stroll will aid digestion, produce endorphins, and give you an opportunity to enjoy nature with loved ones.

4. Hit the yoga mat for a morning flow. As much fun as family holidays can be, sometimes they can get a little chaotic and stressful too. Anyone have that kinda family? Thought so. Yoga practice will get your body moving and your mind centered for the days events.

sunsalsOne Healthy Breakdown: wherever, whenever, however, just MOVE and give thanks for what our bodies can do for us!