It’s that time of year again when we take stock of our habits and strive to make healthier choices for ourselves. You know the drill: eat healthily, exercise regularly, shop frugally. These old standbys are good New Year’s resolutions, sure, but they don’t mean anything if you can’t find the resources that will inspire your success.
To help you shake things up while you get in shape in 2018, we’ve compiled a list of resources and local Phoenix places to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
Shop at Phoenix Farmer’s Markets
Grocery shopping isn’t on anyone’s list of fun things to do, especially when you’ve got your kids in tow. Farmer’s markets are the perfect antidote.
Some of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s best farmer’s markets are open year-round, including Roadrunner Park Farmer’s Market. Shop for local and seasonal meats and produce, handcrafted skin care products, and set aside some family time to enjoy the popular Roadrunner Park’s playground and fishing pond on Saturdays.
Many farmer’s markets in Phoenix, including this one, accept debit cards as well as SNAP/EBT and participate in the Arizona Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, which encourages low-income individuals and families to take advantage of fresh, healthy, locally sourced food grown and raised for maximum flavor and nutrition.
Here’s a tip: Tempted to try some new ingredient but have no idea how to prepare it? Farmers often bring along handouts of favorite recipes to make it easier for customers to enjoy their produce. So, be sure and ask vendors for ideas!
Healthy Grab & Go Food
Searching for a quick lunch in downtown Phoenix? Tasty Box will fix you up with a healthy bento-style lunch for $10 in under 10 minutes. So, if you’re short on time during a busy workday, you know where to go.
Each day, Tasty Box’s chefs prepare three box lunch options: One to cater to vegans, another for vegetarians, and a third for those carnivores who value sustainably sourced meat. Each lunch box is 600 calories or fewer, but every bite packs a delicious punch.
It’s always less expensive and healthier to pack your own lunch, and bento-style meals have been the traditional choice in Japan for just that reason. Tasty Box offers a healthy compromise between homemade quality and affordability, and may even inspire you to come up with your own meals.
Join a Gym in Phoenix
Are you looking for the best value in a local health club? Glendale’s XL Health Club is a consistent favorite among reviewers who want a full line of classes, amenities, customer service and reasonable membership fees. Individual memberships start at $20 a month, and their clean facilities, friendly staff, and upbeat atmosphere encourage fitness newcomers to invest in their wellness. If you’re promoting healthy living among your employees, XL Health Club offers corporate packages, too.
Go for a Swim
Did you know that there are 29 public pools in the Phoenix area? While Phoenix Parks and Recreation only opens the public pools for the summer, you can sign your kids up for swim classes or team sports in advance. Season passes are available for adults, families, and seniors, and the Kool Kids program offers free swimming activities for kids 17 and younger.
Find a Free Yoga Class
Want to try out Yoga before investing in classes? Phoenix New Times published a list of free Yoga classes in the area. You’ll be surprised how great you’ll feel after a good Yoga session, regardless of your experience level or physical condition. And with so many Yoga studios in the Phoenix area, you’re bound to find a location in your neighborhood that offers weekly Yoga classes.
Your mental health is key to overall wellness, so why not explore a guided meditation class where you’ll learn mindfulness skills that will help you stay calm, happy, and focused even during rush hour. Learn how to make every moment count through mindful meditation skills, enhance your creativity and connectedness, and rewire negative thoughts to kick off 2018 with a more positive frame of mind.
Current Meditation is a wildly popular Phoenix resource if your New Year’s resolutions include stress reduction and mental wellness. They offer free introductory classes, special pricing on packages, and gift cards if you want to treat a friend to a stocking stuffer.
Schedule a Wellness Check for your Honda
Not every New Year’s resolution should be about your physical wellbeing—sometimes you need to give some TLC to your car! If you live in the Phoenix area, including Tempe or Scottsdale, head to one of our Valley Honda Dealers locations to get a tune-up, oil change, or tire rotation. Our auto service shops work on all Honda models and most other vehicles, so you can trust us to keep your car up to snuff once the new year begins.
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