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 to sign up today!

 Read more about the CrossFit workout here


All in a Day-Summer’s Best Finds

All in a Day:  Summer’s Best Finds

Chicago during the summer is something to behold.  The city has defrosted from the winter’s deep freeze which, as any native Chicagoan knows, lasts until approximately mid-June.  Ok, I may be exaggerating slightly, but the long winters we have here really mean that we milk everything we can from the summer months- am I right?

The only problem is that sometimes the activities that we’re bombarded with during the summer aren’t exactly the…healthiest.  Beer gardens, anyone?  10¢ buffalo wings?  Don’t mind if I do!  Chicago is a town that can, at times, revolve around drink specials and greasy pub fare for cheap.  For those of us on a budget (don’t lie to me, friends- I see you out there looking at me from across the interweb, nodding sheepishly) these deals are easy and tempting.  And they’re great to take advantage of- once and a while.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with the fact that during the past few years these temptations have become all too commonplace in my routine.  So I’ve set out to find things around town that are either cheap or free and won’t bust my waistline and- dare I say- make me feel good instead of hungover?

This Saturday, with the sun shining and my sneaks strapped on my feet I did just that.  First up was the Lincoln Park Farmers Market.

Lucky for me, the market is only about a mile from where I live.  So, I ran there!  Walking in the summer is definitely the way to go.  It’s free and you don’t have to worry about parking (which is scarce around the farmers market, let me tell you).  The farmers market is fun (there are bands) and you can always find something new and exciting to try!  I found these cool peaches:

And bought this bread:

That turned into pretty rockin’ French toast:

Later, I took advantage of the street festivals that are abundant around this time of the year.  I hit up Summer on Southport for some concerts and revelry.

Now,  street festivals can very quickly turn into indulgent ventures thanks to the plethora of beer tents and fried food, BUT- there are good options, too!  Here are my tips:

1.  Don’t go with the intention of eating and drinking. Think of street fests as a way to hear fun music and enjoy a nice day!

2. If there are games or free samples, take advantage. At Summer on Southport, there were tons of tents set up giving away free stuff- and most of it was health conscious!  There was a Kashi tent, an Ocean Spray tent:

And my favorite: a Clif Z bar booth!  These kid-sized versions of Clif bars in flavors like Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie are totally organic and I love them.  I’m aware that I’m an adult and these are meant for kids, but they’re so good!  I beelined for the booth and the sweet girl working at it threw a ton of free samples in my bag!

She was officially my favorite person of the day.   After eating one of my samples, we listened to some bands play and enjoyed the great atmosphere and warm weather.

The grand total for the day:  $12! And it wasn’t difficult!

I had a great day, took advantage of the city, walked a lot (and even ran a little!) and my head hit the pillow that night knowing that I had made the most of my day without blowing a ton of cash.

Megan is a 20-something professional who lives in Chicago and blogs about her daily adventures in healthy living on her Blog Braise The Roof.  After graduating college in 2006, she moved back to the city and has been navigating the choppy waters of balancing having fun with friends, enjoying a beer (or two) and staying active ever since!  She hopes that through her blog other young people will see that it is possible to live well on a budget and still have fun.

YumUniverse-You are invited!

Healthy In Chicago readers-Join us at the Chicago Urban Art Society (2229 S. Halsted) Thursday, August 12 from 7-10pm for an evening filled with tasty raw and vegan treats, organic cocktails, sustainable wines, whiskeys, sake, free massage, DJ, giveaways, raffle and much more to celebrate the official launch of! Wahoo!

Join us August 12, 2010 from 7-10pm at the Chicago Urban Art Society
in Chicago’s hip Pilsen neighborhood for an evening of:

* Organic cocktails thanks to Momokawa Organic Junmai Ginjo and
* FAIR Fair Trade Certified Quinoa Vodka

* Vegan and raw treats from YumUniverse

* An organic/sustainable wine tasting thanks to Hahn Family Wines

* An organic whiskey tasting thanks to “Chicago’s First Boutique Distillery”

* Acai Spirit tasting and Acai Mojito’s thanks to VEEV Acai Spirit

* Sparkling natural fruit beverages thanks to IZZE!

* Incredible raffle prizes like a 6-course meal prepared by Top Chef contestant
* (and YU Contributor) Valerie Bolon and personal chef Rachel Winpar and a free
* gym membership to LA Boxing

* Free massages thanks to the good folks at The Rub Hub

* DJ Samone Roberts (yup, she’s a vegan)

* Giveaways and more!

There will be plenty of free parking behind our venue in addition to street parking. Cabs will be plentiful and we will even make sure that rickshaws are out front to take you on a pre-or post-party tour of Pilsen. Stop by neighborhood favorite’s like Skylark, Nightwood or Simone’s for a cocktail after the party.

So stay tuned for developments—we have a lot of exciting additions in the works—but in the meantime, mark your calendar’s and RSVP for one of the sweetest parties of the summer!

Where: Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted Street in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood
Thursday, August 12, 2010 from 7-10pm

GIVEAWAY-Bloom & Tone CRAVEparty Swag Bag

Hurray for spring! Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the CRAVE Chicago Bloom & Tone CRAVEparty at Architectural Artifacts. This wellness and beauty event could not have come at a better time to rejuvenate and motivated me for spring.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend 30 minute workouts hosted by The Daily Method, S Factor, Harmony Mind Body Fitness and Infuse Yoga Spa. Unfortunately, I only had time to try out The Daily Method and S Factor, but both were great workouts – I was sore the next day! For those who wanted an exercise break, Blakely F.I.T. and Lifestyle Physical Fitness and Balance Center provided interactive health and wellness discussions.

And to make sure we all left even prettier than we came, there were facials, make up consults, an awesome Beauty on Call raffle, nutrition consults with Sandy Sfikas, style coaching, Lululemon Athletic pop up shop, all the new Vitamin Water ZERO calorie drinks we want and samples of StarFruit! An amazing way to spend a Sunday-pampering and working ourselves out!

CRAVE Chicago generously donated a Lululemon Athletic swag bag to one lucky Healthy In Chicago reader!

What’s inside? Just to name a few; free starfruit smoothie, $5 classes or 10 classes for $60 from Indigo Studio, New client specials from The Daily Method, 50% an intro class at S Factor, buy one get one free Pilates mat class from Harmony Mind Body Fitness, 1 FREE class at Bar Method, $25 gift certificate from Blakely F.I.T., free samples of MDskincare, & PureVia and a CRAVE Chicago guidebook which offers savings and discounts for over 125 in the Chicagoland area!

In order to be considered for this giveaway, you must:

1. Subscribe to this blog (in the right hand column) and

2. Leave a comment below (Please leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win!)

You can enter again if you:

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(Doing each of these two actions means you get another entry. BUT that entry comes in the form of you leaving a comment of what you did – Otherwise I won’t know!)