Kelly Smith

More Than a New Year’s Resolution

Skip the resolutions this year and, instead, try incorporating something into your routine that is guaranteed to grant you physical, mental and emotional benefits: meditation.

Start Your Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Trot

Lace up those running shoes before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, the Grand Rapids Turkey Trot takes off at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Seize the Day with Early Morning Fitness Group

There is a devoted group of fitness lovers that meet every Wednesday at 6:14 a.m. to workout around Grand Rapids.
Goat Stands Among Women Stretching At Outdoor Goat Yoga Class

Soak, meditate and crash your way to better health

Alternative therapies are helping to relieve stress and live in the moment.

A sprouting fad?

Healthier alternatives to plant-based burgers.
Iyengar Yoga Studio Photo by Matthew Provoast Photography

Get in the Right Mindset For Fall with Iyengar Yoga

On the corner of Division and Goodrich sits a ground-level studio wrapped within a panel of windows through which sunlight penetrates, creating a hazy glow amongst the wooden floors and white walls of the interior.

Cannabis retailer launches product to mark Clean Slate legislation

To commemorate Michigan's Clean Slate legislation, Fluresh of Grand Rapids will be donating $1 for every pack sold of its new Creamberry 1/8 Jars and 5ct Pre-Rolls to support statewide expungement efforts.
Higher Ground rock climbing & bouldering gym.

8 Local Gyms with Exciting Ways to Break a Sweat

With the temperature dropping and seasons changing, most people are looking to move their workouts indoors. Luckily, there’s a wide selection of gyms in the area offering fun and different ways to get your sweat on this winter.

Opening the Mind with Psychedelics

Transformative experiences with unconventional medicine led Paul Austin, a Grandville native and Hope College graduate, on an unconventional career path.
Alkalign Studios opened in Ada earlier this year.

A Workout for Every Body

Yoga blocks, pilates balls, low weights, yoga straps, resistance bands, closed-loop bands, a ballet barre and even the mirrors lining the studio walls are used to help with engagement and alignment at Alkalign.

YMCA Wellness Director Shares Tips for Keeping Fitness Resolutions

While it’s just halfway through January, you may already be struggling to keep your resolutions for 2018. Teri Burgess-Brown, senior health and wellness director for the Mary Free Bed YMCA, said only 8 percent of people stick with their fitness resolutions. But don’t be discouraged. There are some things you can do to increase your odds of creating a lasting lifestyle change in 2018.

Training for the big run

These tips will have you lacing up your sneakers.

Take a hike with Nubian goats

Dreamgoats offers several opportunities to enjoy the companionship of goats.
drawing of man in bed

Beat the winter blues

Use light therapy to treat seasonal affective disorder.

Study: Michiganders would pay hefty price for COVID-19 vaccine

The average Michigander would pay $493 to jump the queue for the new COVID-19 vaccine, according to a recent study.
Ignite Retreat

Yoga Retreats: A Wholistic Approach to Energy and Self-Discovery

How did you ring in the New Year? At a quiet cottage outside of the Grand Rapids, a group of people began the year with a nourished mind, body and heart. At the Ignite Retreat, attendees spent four days and three nights pursuing replenished energy and positive energy for the year ahead.
234 Market apartments Grand Rapids exterior

Health club opening downtown

A new “judgment-free” fitness center is coming to downtown Grand Rapids.

Sleep safely

Untreated sleep apnea can have serious health consequences.
indoor cycling spinning class female riders

Indoor cycling studio plans opening

A new indoor cycling studio is coming to Grand Rapids.
Yoga Fever owner Shannon Austin

Creative Sequencing Sets Yoga Fever Apart

The fever. Have you caught it yet? Ever since practicing at Yoga Fever, at 1154 Wealthy St SE, a year ago as part of its new student deal, I hadn't had a chance to return but found myself craving its unique combination of intense hot vinyasa with thoughtful alignment cues and more classical postures.

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