For healthy mind and body, turn to these local gems.
We get it, you're busy. You've got a job to do, relationships to uphold, errands to run—the to-do list is endless. But you know that taking care of yourself is the surest way to stay healthy, strong, and active in your daily life. With that in mind, here are some of the best options in San Francisco to help you support your self-improvement goals: including everything from unique fitness classes and escape destinations to clean eating choices that support overall energy and wellness.
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Gone are the days of sitting on a gym machine. There are now endless ways to keep your body moving with new workouts appearing all the time. Why not break out of your routine and give something new a try? From rock climbing to aerial silk acrobatics,
Studio Mix (1000 Van Ness Ave. at O'Farrell) offers an array of classes that will challenge and surprise you. Their goal is to keep you engaged by mixing up your typical gym routine, which will certainly happen when you're channeling your inner Cirque Du Soleil acrobat or monkeying it up while hanging from a 20-foot rock face. For a real change, you could always head outside the city to Bay Area Movement (2016 Senter Rd., San Jose) to try your hands (and feet) at parkour or breakdancing. You can attend private, women's only, or general classes.
For those looking for extra adventure, why not work on your flexibility, sensuality, and confidence with a little pole dancing? Studios are popping up all over the place and there's a good reason why. Whether you are at a beginner or advanced level—or even just curious—check out San Francisco Pole and Dance (1160 Mission St.). Their manifesto values include community, truth, progression, play, and individualism—all things we're down with. Plus, your first class is 50 percent off.
We love that clean eating has been steadily picking up in the area over the past several years, because it means that there are finally plenty of options to make reaching your peak health more convenient and attainable. Check out
Greens (2 Marina Blvd.) restaurant for some fresh and tasty seasonal produce, courtesy of local and organic farmers. In the spirit of the fall season, dishes include fire roasted poblano chili and warm cauliflower salad with crisp capers, pine nuts, mint, tarragon, mustard vinaigrette, and shaved pecorino cheese. For clean eating and a clean footprint, head over to Judahlicious (3906 Judah St. at 44th Ave.) to taste juices, smoothies, and artfully prepared raw and vegan food that is good for your body and soul. On Wednesdays they serve their goji jungle noodle bowl, which is a mix of zucchini and carrot noodles filled to the brim with veggies, ginger, garlic, and goji cream sauce.
It can be hard to get all the essential vitamins that you need throughout the day, so consider taking some supplements to bring your health and vitality to the next level. We love Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil, which helps promote heart and brain well-being and is made from 100 percent natural Arctic cod without any synthetic additives.* It comes in unflavored, strawberry and orange flavors to suit your palate! The Ultimate Omega is their most popular concentrate and another great option to aid in maintaining glucose and lipid levels, bronchial health, and the body's ability to respond to stress in a safe manner.* Omega-3s also support eye, brain, and nervous system function and development.* Consider adding an Omega-3 Concentrate to your morning routine with an easy soft gel (even comes in mini sizes or straight on the teaspoon), or add it into your salad dressing or morning smoothie to ensure that you are meeting your daily recommended serving of this essential fatty acid.
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You deserve a break, so take one! We are blessed with an array of blissful escapes in the Bay Area, so cash in those vacation days and book yourself a spa getaway. At
Serenity Wellness Spa (2087 Union St.), you'll find a host of specialists dedicated to helping improve your quality of life including massage therapists, estheticians, coaches, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, and nutritionists. Book a detox body wrap and massage treatment to release toxins and stress; and feel ultimate zen after. Nestled in the Scarlet Huntington is the Nob Hill Spa (1075 California St.), another fantastic escape destination. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating body and face ritual, where you will be scrubbed with chia seeds and toned and hydrated with matcha tea and a mixture of thyme, lilac, chamomile, verbena, and lavender.
A busy schedule doesn't have to mean an unhealthy lifestyle. Try incorporating a new class, supplement, or moment of peace into your routine. You'll be surprised just how inspired and energized you can feel by making a simple change.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.