Fit for Life: Do You Have to Be Wealthy to Be Healthy?
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Most of the people that complain the loudest are the ones shopping at big box stores and looking for deals on food. When I occasionally visit this type of store, I observe what is in shoppers’ baskets and carriages and I always see cases of juice and junk food purchased in bulk. This is the type of wasteful spending that is going to impact the cost of shopping in a negative way. Some good news here is that these stores are jumping on the organic and health food bandwagon so you can still get some better prices on food than the smaller stores, but you will probably end up buying a bunch of stuff you don't need. I use these big discount stores for non-perishable goods such as paper goods. I recommend shopping for your food on a weekly basis and purchasing fresh stuff.
Don’t (always) listen to your mother
My mother is notorious for buying larger quantities of meat and freezing what she doesn't immediately need. I find fault with this for 2 reasons, first - frozen food doesn't taste as good, and second, I watch as she regularly throws stuff away. You forget it's there and it gets freezer burn or gets old. Imagine a stocked freezer and losing power in your house – there goes hundreds of dollars down the drain. When you pay a little more for food you buy only what you need and never waste, so it all averages out anyway. Buying in bulk is not necessary, you do not need to store food, we are in no danger of a shortage!! Buy fresh and shop frequently.
Like money in the bank!
When you look at the big picture, shopping healthy actually pays off – in big ways. First you spend less when you shop rather than buying cases, you only buy what you need. Now look at the long term savings: most OTC drugs won't be needed because when you eat correctly you breathe better, so allergy meds are needed far less, if at all – your joints ache less, so you probably won't need the anti inflammatory stuff - your sex drive is still there so you don't need to buy ED drugs! Your headaches, and other symptoms that eating wholesome, good food prevents will become non-existent, you will be more productive, ambitious, and that pays off into your ability to work better and make more money. So, the next time you are in the check out line at the organic quality market remember you are not overpaying for food, you are making an investment - in yourself. And that’s as good as money in the bank.
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The Core Connection
The Core Connection in Northborough offers so much more than a traditional yoga studio. They’ve got yoga, which creates a union between mind, body and soul; Pilates for a strong core; and cardio/fusion to help you burn calories and kick fat to the curb. This studio is also perfect for teen girls; they have a special class just for teens that promotes self confidence, posture, flexibility and strength.
290 West Main Street, Northborough, MA. (508) 393-8086.
Bikram Yoga Auburn
For a twist on traditional yoga, visit Bikram Yoga Auburn. Bikram Yoga is a type of yoga that includes 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. It is practiced in a heated room, and is one of the most challenging—and effective—exercise programs in the world. Bikram Yoga Auburn is the perfect place to get in on the action. Check out their Early Bird Special: 6 at 6! Enjoy their Monday-Friday 6 am class for only $6.
567 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA. (508) 832-YOGA.
Metrowest Yoga offers two convenient locations so that you can have close access to the practice of yoga wherever you are. To make things better, Metrowest literally has a class perfect for anyone. Choose from kids classes for mini yogis, open meditation sessions, power hours for fat burning and strength building, and classes for total beginners.
69 Milk Street, Westborough, MA. (508) 366-5025.
32 Millbrook Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-1533.
C. Mass Yoga & Wellness
West Boylston’s Central Mass Yoga & Wellness offers a unique program to anyone who wants to help combat post traumatic stress disorder and combat stress: Yoga Warriors International. The mission of this program is to use the calming properties of the practice of yoga to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and COSR. Other programs include hot yoga to soothe the muscles, healing yoga designed for those who have experienced loss, and more.
45 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA. (508) 835-1176.
On Saturday, January 11, take a trip to Earthsong Yoga in Marlborough for the Earthsong Yoga Open House! Enjoy free yoga and a massage from 9 am-1 pm and see what Earthsong is all about. Learn about their special pre-natal yoga classes for expecting moms, family classes including stories or guided meditation, children’s classes, and Evening Flow classes to prepare you for bed.
186 Main Street, Marlborough, MA. (508) 251-9620.
Wellness Works Yoga & Healing Arts is the perfect place to start yoga later in life. Wellness Works is dedicated to sharing the practice and art of yoga with Worcester’s seniors, although people of all ages are invited and encouraged to join. Try yoga classes ranging from Rise and Shine morning classes to meditation sessions and more. Also, enjoy healing massage techniques like Reiki, reflexology, and polarity.
128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 330-4258.
Auburn Yoga & Pilates
Find inner-peace and fight fat at Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center. Try out the Community Pilates class for only $5 on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. complete with spinning classes, family classes, pre-natal classes, and more. Even better: Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center offers special pricing for college students!
889 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA. (508) 832-8177.
At Flowforms Yoga, you can try before you buy. Your first class—any class—is free! If you find that you want more, Flowforms also has a new student special: 5 classes for only $50. Explore Body Mechanics classes that will aid in body awareness, traditional Indian Yoga, Yoga for Birth (designed for couples), and several other great workshops and classes offered at the studio.
195 Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-4700.
State of Grace
If you are looking for a one-stop shop to renew your body and your mind, look no further than State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center in Uxbridge. Stop by to take part in level-specific or mixed level yoga and meditation classes. New students can take advantage of their 40 for 30 offer: $40 for 30 days of completely unlimited yoga.
104 E. Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge, MA. (508) 278-2818.
Every Body Balance
If you are like the many people searching for balance in their life, why not give Every Body Balance in Southborough a try? This unique studio uses the serenity of a yoga mindset and the body benefits of Pilates to craft great classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Strength and Flexibility Yoga for Every Body and Candle Light Yoga are favorites.
155 Boston Road, Southborough, MA. (508) 485-8585.
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