Seven Ways to Kick Off Your Detox in Philly
Whether your idea of a solid healthy plan involves a juice cleanse, sweat-inducing moves, or prepping good and early for next year's Naked Philly Bike Ride, the city of Philadelphia has you covered when it comes to options. Here are seven ways to cleanse your mind, body, and soul, and ring in 2016 with an enviable glow.
1. Qi-Qong at Open City Healing Arts
The early birds among you have probably witnessed an elderly practitioner or two of this ancient Chinese exercise in the wee hours of the morning on the streets of Chinatown or in Washington Square Park. The holistic practice integrates meditation, movement, and breathing techniques into a practice that is as detoxing to the spirit as it is for your party-weary liver. Open City Healing Arts offers Chinese herbal remedies, acupuncture, and Qi-Qong classes at its center at 1315 Walnut Street.
2. The Lithe Method
Here's a total-body fitness program that has got your 2016 goals covered—pretty much every single one. Patented cardio exercises created by founder and celebrity trainer Lauren Boggi make use of cheerleading moves to get you up and jumping, and burning away last year's excess. Classes are held in Rittenhouse, Old City, and the Main Line locations, and the company's "fit, hip, and healthy" lifestyle offerings include juice cleanses, detox programs, and high fashion fitness attire.
3. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia
If the holiday season has left you feeling frazzled, head to 2030 Sansom Street, where Shambhala promises peace of mind through meditation. The center offers free meditation instruction and sitting practice, available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings, and also classes and retreats throughout the year. Visit their monthly calendar for information on class times and topics.
4. Ryan Crown's Juice Club
Conveniently located at 1425 Arch Street, Ryan Crown's Juice Club has quite the Philadelphia cult following, and for good reason—the guy knows his stuff. Pull up a chair, tell Crown and his team what ails you, and watch as they create a delicious elixir that's just plain good for you, yet tastes even better. Give the Juice Club a call and let them create a cleanse that is customized to your individual preferences, delivered right to your door.
If you simply must have your fast food, head to this Rittenhouse institution for cheap and easy eats you can feel good about. Alongside its famous Groothie (more than 121,937 sold), HipCityVeg offers a host of delectable vegetarian and vegan items, like their Crispy Hipcity Ranch sandwich and sweet potato fries that will trick your taste buds into thinking you're cheating, even though you're not.
6. Sweat it Out
There are two kinds of people: those that do yoga and those who do not. The yogis and yoginis among you can choose to sweat out those toxins in a heated yoga class, where average temperatures can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There are quite a few studios offering sizzling classes in and around the city, such as Hot Box Yoga and Bikram Yoga Philadelphia. But no judgment if you'd rather sit back and let your pores do all the work. The infrared sauna at the Rescue Spa in Center City, owned by world renowned aesthetician Danuta Mieloch, is available for guests of the spa for some ah-inducing pre- or post- treatment bliss. You can feel good about what goes into your body at the spa, too—they use Biologique Recherche skincare products in their treatments, an exclusive brand you would be hard pressed to find outside of Paris.
7. Join the Club
There's no better way to make sure you stick to your 2016 fitness goals than joining a community of like-minded optimists. Philly's got a host of sports clubs to help you start the new year with a healthier-than-thou glow. Strap on a pair of sneaks and hit the pavement with one of the city's multitude of running clubs, or check out the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia. They'll be sure to have that bod in tip-top shape just in time for the Philly Naked Bike Ride. When Old Man Winter finally decides to show his frosty face this season, head indoors and join your fellow Gumbies at Go Vertical, the largest rock climbing gym of its kind on the east coast.