Chicago’s Best NEW Workouts

Chicago Magazine unveiled the best new workouts in the city.  Guess what?  Healthy in Chicago agrees!

Here are the workouts that made the cut.

GoCycle-amazing cycle studio in Old Town. Check out their new Go Pump class which combines spinning with strength training.  Or Emmy’s spin and abs or spin and yoga combo class!  Your first class is FREE sign up now!

Barre Bee Fit- Read Healthy in Chicago’s review on the studio HEREFREE classes every Saturday in February at lululemon athletica Rush.

iFit Fitness-River North’s newest gym and boy did this neighborhood need a gym!

Tactix-for those who enjoy martial arts!

Crossfit-A Healthy in Chicago favorite.  Read more HERE and get one month free!

Now’s the time to try them out-what do you have to lose?

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CrossFit Chicago Women’s Classes-1 FREE Month!

Are you a person that likes to leave everything on the floor at the gym?  No, not literally, but physically…You push yourself to your max and had one of those workouts were your muscles shake, but you feel so accomplished and proud.

CrossFit Chicago can make this all happen and more!  And they now have Women’s Classes that are held every Monday-Thursday.   These classes are lower impact using mainly body-weight movements focusing on agility and cardio.  Think toned, tight, well conditioned body-but not beefed up.

Need another reason to CrossFit?  CrossFit provides a sense of community, and the support you receive from those around you is second to none.  From those just starting a workout regimen to ex-college athletes, you challenge yourself, and yourself only with the help of trained coaches. 

So why wouldn’t you want to give it a try, especially if it is free for a month?  CrossFit Chicago is generously offering Healthy in Chicago readers 1 MONTH free of CrossFit classes.  Start the new year off right and do one thing a day that scares you-challenge yourself and look good while doing it!

Email info@crossfitchicago.com to sign up today!

 Read more about the CrossFit workout here

Work Out for Free!

Thanks to the Chicago Park District, you can start your 2011 off right.  Work out for FREE January 2nd-9th at all Chicago Park District Fitness Centers.

The Chicago Park District has over 70 fitness center located across the city that feature state-of-the art equipment and a variety of fitness classes!  To find a location in your neighborhood click here.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Do you workout at a Chicago Park District Fitness Center? Share your experience and comment below.

Own Your Happy

 When I started the Healthy in Chicago blog, I told myself I wasn’t going to be a person who talks about how many calories I burned each day, took pictures of what I ate, or talked a lot about my personal life.  Not saying there is anything wrong with those blogs, but as we all know, there are many out there.  With that being said, I knew for the past few months that I would have to break that rule with this post and talk more about myself than before.

 Over the past 6 months or so, everything that I knew has changed; I left my job, started a business, started other work in a new place, made new friends, got a puppy, ended a relationship; and lost a best friend and roommate, and sadly witnessed someone losing their life.  This isn’t a post about how much things suck, or anything of that sort.   It is more a reflection of my life lessons from this year and how I am working to own my happy to ultimately move closer to the life I want.

Don’t apologize for who you are and what you want.

I know I am no longer cut out for corporate America.  I’m not sure I ever was, but after leaving, I know for sure I am happier and healthier being in another environment.  I won’t apologize for measuring success by happiness vs. zeros on my pay check.  I won’t apologize for a full passport but an empty (low) bank account.  I am who I am and instead of trying to be someone else for my parents, friends, significant other, society, I will just be me!

Don’t lose yourself, ever.

Don’t forget your goals, and your dreams.  People will come in and out of our lives that may cause us to alter our course, but if something is important to you…make it happen, no matter what.  Don’t compromise too much that you lose touch of what you want and who you are.

My Puppy Love

 Be open to possibilities.

Yes, so much change has occurred in the past months, however many of it was good!  I am continuing to work toward possibilities.  What does that mean?  See every situation, occurrence and moment as a positive opportunity instead of automatically going into your head with all the reasons why not.  I have said yes to new social events which have been some of the best nights out, side work and even a new teaching opportunity because I didn’t over think, I just acted if it felt right.

New friends

 Things happen for a reason.

A cliché saying, but is so true.  I have learned more about myself in the last few months than ever in life.  The road I was going on did a major detour, but even now, I am able to look back and say…thank goodness!  So when your life is crappy, just remember you are being tested for a reason.

Family Support

 Own your happy.

I read this phrase in the past and loved it, but now it is a life motto.  What does it mean to me?  That I have control over my own happiness by making things happen!  I had been fortunate in the past to have many things given to me; an internship that turned into a job offer, promotions from there.  Why look elsewhere when things just keep moving forward?  Because I wasn’t happy!  So what can we all do?  Take the bull by the horns and create a life you love.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult

 Move forward.

Every day is a new day.  Being stressed, angry, sad, or anxious, doesn’t get you anywhere tomorrow.  Think about it, how can you move forward if you are holding on to your past? 

 2011 is a year of new beginnings for me and Healthy in Chicago!  I put the site on pause when it became easy to not keep up which was a disservice for you my readers. I appreciate all of you who stuck with the site and came back to check it out.   But good things are ahead, get ready!  Healthy in Chicago is going to be bigger and better!  And as I move forward owning the happiness in my life, I will share (every once in a while) in hopes it may inspire maybe one of you, to do the same in yours if you aren’t already there.

 Happy New Year Chicago!

Revamp Your Resolutions

 Revamp Your Resolutions

By Sandy Sfikas, RD, LDN

Doesn’t it feel like less and less of us are making New Year’s resolutions these days? It could be because at times they’re nothing more than obligatory and far-fetched vows like these: “I won’t eat late at night anymore!” Or, “I’ll exercise every morning at 6am, no matter what.” They sound like empty promises, right? Even if your intentions are positive, if you have no plan as to how to achieve your resolutions, they’re likely to flop. Think about what’s really important to you and design a plan to go and get it. Here are some suggestions for realistic and achievable resolutions, along with ways to succeed:

 

  1. I will not stuff myself at every meal.

Plan: I will eat every 3-4 hours so I don’t get over hungry. I’ll carry around healthy snacks and remind myself that I’m keeping my energy and metabolism steady throughout the day.

  1. I will eat breakfast every morning.
    Plan: I’ll create 3 different simple morning meals so that I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat.
  2. I won’t raid the kitchen at bedtime. Plan: I will try other tactics to escape my cravings like brushing my teeth, taking a bath, or enjoying a cup of hot tea.
  3.  I will exercise 3-4 days per week, every week.  Plan: I will carry my exercise clothes with me in the car at all times. In addition, I’ll plan to do something different like a pilates or yoga class once a week.
  4. I will eat more fruit (this is my resolution!).
    Plan: I’ll keep fresh and frozen fruit in the house at all times. I’ll research what fruits are in season during the year and try one new fruit each month. (I even have an app on my phone that tells me what’s in season every month and how to enjoy it!)

 Once you’re following a plan, find ways to reward yourself for your hard work (not with food!). Buy a new exercise shirt or get a massage. In addition, forgive yourself for any mishaps. Resolutions are just goals to help you live a healthier and happier life. Focus on the positive, and the rest will fall into place. Happy New Year!

Sandy Sfikas is a registered dietitian, who in addition to seeing clients, is the editor of a international diabetes magazine. She has both a nutrition and journalism degree, and has worked in clinical settings as well as health clubs. She feels fortunate to have a career and clients that motivate her to continue to advance her knowledge of nutrition and wellness.