Written on June 25, 2014 at 11:21 am , by Bethany Cianciolo
Living in NYC, it’s pretty safe to say that most people (at least the ones that work at FITNESS) would prefer to take a breezy bike ride to work any day over a crowded, sweaty subway commute. And because we know you love jumping at every opportunity to get your heart pumping and sweat glands going, we figured you’d get just as excited as we are about this cool program.
Element Hotels is launching its third annual Pledge to Pedal initiative, which encourages participants to ride his or her bike one day each week instead of driving a car. The bonus? Element will give away a custom-made Mott Street Cycles bicycle (hello, dream bike!) every week for 10 weeks. Yes, you read that right—a new bike will be given out EVERY WEEK.
How do you enter to win? Simply head to Element Hotels’ Facebook page, sign up on the “Pledge to Pedal” tab by August 27th, and get pedaling. That’s it!
What we love most about this initiative—you don’t have to be a guest at any Element Hotel, or live in a certain city, to join in. To us, that’s a rad testament to the company and their dedication to helping people stay healthy all summer. But if you do happen to be traveling—and stay at an Element Hotel—you’ll find an array of Mott Street bikes in the lobby ready for you to use. Fit vacations? We’re in.
Photo courtesy of Element Hotel
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Written on December 9, 2013 at 9:32 am , by Colleen Travers
Winter is my favorite time to get out of New York City. I can handle the scorching heat in the summer when every trip down into the subway feels like you might melt right there on the platform, but once the Starbucks Christmas cups come out (which oddly gets earlier and earlier every year) that’s my cue to book a vacation somewhere bright and sunny. If you feel similar, I’ve got just the place– The BodyHoliday LeSport in St. Lucia. Here’s why:
It takes all-inclusive to a different level. I’ve been to my fair share of all-inclusive resorts, but The BodyHoliday LeSport really ups the ante. Staying at the resort gives you access not only to the gorgeous beach, restaurants and fruity cocktails galore, but you’ll also have free reign over exercise classes, water sports, guided hikes, bike tours, group runs and tons more on any given day. Upon check-in, you are actually given an activities booklet that lists everything going on day and night during your visit. Oh, and also included in the all-inclusive is a spa treatment of your choice. Every. Single. Day.
You can pick your own adventure.The BodyHoliday LeSport has an island motto. “Give us your body for a week, we’ll give you your mind.” Seems simple enough, right? This is the type of place where you can have a healthy getaway – from 6 a.m. yoga classes to afternoon paddleboarding – or not. You can snooze on the beach from sunrise to sunset and no intimidating boot camp instructor is going to come rip your towel up from under you to make you get to class. You can even tailor your vacation based on one of the resort’s specialty programs. I visited in October, during Octoba Yoga – so the activity roster was beefed up with different yoga and stretching classes. If yoga’s not your thing, though, check out the resort’s other monthly offerings, like a month focused on dancing and even a singles month – where single travelers are invited to stay for a lower rate to meet, mingle and melt!
It’s OK to travel solo any time you want. While the resort does have a special promotional month for single travelers, you don’t have to wait until then to hop on a flight. As a single traveler myself, I found all of the activities totally fine for one person to do alone (without getting weird, sad stares) and at night a communal dining table was provided to eat with the fitness instructors (appropriately called Bodyguards) and resort staff so you wouldn’t have to dine solo. Plus, when you are surrounded by sun, sand and blue sparkly water, everyone always seems to be in a good mood.
There’s so much more the resort and the island has to offer (not surprisingly, it also made our list of Honeymoon Destinations for a Fit Vacation), so to start your own mind and body getaway check out www.thebodyholiday.com.
Written on September 16, 2013 at 11:14 am , by Samantha Shelton
Is it just me, or does it feel like now that summer is over, it’s time for another tropical vacation? If you’re in the market for a getaway, I have a great suggestion: Aruba. While I love lounging on the beach as much as the next girl, there comes a point in my trip when I feel the urge to get up and go. So, if you’re like me and need a healthy mix of active adventure sprinkled with total relaxation, then the One Happy Island is perfect for you to explore. Allow me to explain:
Beaches. Aruba’s got ‘em and they’re beautiful. The crystal-clear water is extremely inviting, and the temperature is perfect for swimming, snorkeling or a good ole’ splash fight with friends. The sand is pure white, and with more than 10 locations, there’s plenty to choose from if one spot is a bit too crowded for your liking. One warning, though: It’s windy in Aruba (making the high temps super comfortable). So if you’re a girl who prefers sun-bathing to water-splashing, I’d recommend lounging by the pool.
Water sports. This is the place to try it all and really test your limits. If you’re a beginner, try snorkeling or stand up paddleboarding. If you want to feel the wind in your hair, give wind- or kite-surfing a whirl. I hopped on a catamaran tour with friends, where we explored three different locations, including a ship wreck! And you have to be sure to try a unique water activity I had never heard of before: Snuba. A cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, this is for those who don’t have their scuba certification but still want to explore the depths of the ocean. The difference: instead of strapping a tank to your back, it stays above water so you can swim freely. Perfect compromise, right?
Guy-friendly adventures. If you’re bringing a special man along, most of the time they do a good job of relaxing on the beach beside you while sipping ice-cold beverages (I recommend tasting an Aruba Ariba, the island’s famous tropical cocktail). But if they’re being honest, most would rather explore in a more, er, rugged way. Enter ATV riding. The landscape in Aruba has turquoise waters colliding against desert-like terrain, giving you those Instagram-worthy views (#nofilterneeded) and him an adrenaline rush as you cruise over sand dunes, past cacti and through the rocky cliffs of Arikok National Park. And if that’s not quite your speed, you can hike or hop on a horse – you’ll still slowly walk along the beach for more of a romantic vibe, but there are plenty of trails that take you through the same rugged terrain as an ATV. Join a tour of more experienced riders and you won’t soon forget the feeling of moving along at a full gallop with ocean views to your left and rocky mountains to your right.
Written on June 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Andie Surget, editorial intern
As host of the Yahoo! Sports Minute, co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and an anchor for the Tennis Channel, Angela Sun has one full plate. Her fearless and adventurous attitude toward life motivates her to explore and travel all around the globe in exotic locations such as China, the Philippines, Australia and Guatemala, just to name a few. In fact, when we caught up with her, she had just returned from Fiji! Angela loves fitness and it’s clear that it’s about more than working out – it’s a way of life.
Keep reading for Sun’s essential workout gear picks and the fitness moves that keep her in shape for her on-the-go lifestyle!
When did your love for sports and fitness begin? How did you get involved in the entertainment industry?
Growing up I had always loved sports and fitness. It was a way of life. I always went to the beach and to the park. I loved playing volleyball, basketball and softball as a kid, and skateboarding and surfing in high school. I was surrounded by sports all my life.
I knew I always wanted to do something in the media. As an Asian American female, I did not have many female role models to look up to. So I decided that I wanted to see somebody who looked like me succeed in this industry. I’ve known what I wanted to do since I was 12. I always loved being in front of the camera. I love home videos on family vacation!
You’re currently producing a documentary. Can you tell us about it?
My documentary is a seven-year journey. The documentary is called “Plastic Paradise.” Through my love of the oceans (I surf, scuba dive, and snorkel), it is very important to me to keep the waters clean, and that’s what this is about. The plastic that we throw away, I had to know more about it so I can prevent it and inform people about the harmful effects it has on our environment. It will be released this year. To learn more, you can visit plasticparadisemovie.com