Live Better

By Natalie Kurz
In Culture, Guide

101 ways to stay healthy, fit and happy in STL

 

1. Grab a Paddle

Bringing a bit of mahalo to the mainland, the Hawaiian sport of stand-up paddleboarding is making waves in St. Louis. This core-strengthening sport also adds up to big fun and fitness, helping improve balance and flexibility while increasing strength and muscle tone. SUP St. Louis (636.346.7473, supstlouis.com) offers private or group lessons, along with guided trips. Or if you’re a seasoned paddler, snag your own gear at St. Louis Sail & Paddle (Earth City, 314.298.0411) or Alpine Shop (multiple locations, alpineshop.com).

2. Get Your Om On

Leave technology behind and find inner peace through meditation. The practice has been shown to improve sleep and concentration, and enrich relationships. If you’re looking for a regular group to meditate with, try the silent meditation and prayer gathering at the Living Insights Center (Clayton, 314.721.4455) on Sundays at 4:30pm. For a unique spiritual experience, consider guided crystal meditation using a seven-chakra stone set, along with aromatherapy, every other Friday at Mystic Valley (Maplewood, 314.645.3336). Or, have the power of meditation at your fingertips by downloading Headspace, an app that guides you through daily short meditations from your device while offering instruction and support for your meditative journey.

3. Join In

Enjoy one of the numerous benefits of joining The JCC (multiple locations, jccstl.com), from its innovative aquatic fitness sessions (like Aqua Burn & Firm) to Pilates and Zumba classes, all including free childcare while you break a sweat. Sign up for the JCC's 6-Week Transformation (next session starting Aug. 4), where you’ll receive dedicated training from a certified personal trainer, nutrition coaching, weekly tips and online support to stay motivated.

4. Eat Smarter

Wise up with some one-on-one nutritional counseling to make sure you’re feeding your body in a way that’s best for you. At Complete Fitness Results (Brentwood, 314.402.2238), get intensive nutrition coaching to make permanent lifestyle changes. You can even sign up for grocery store tours designed to make shopping for healthy food less intimidating. Or create a personal health plan with a registered dietician at The Lab (Forest Park Southeast, 314.932.7270), where certified experts work with you to reach your goals. They also offer Lean and Green, a personal meal plan—prepared by area chefs using local ingredients—so you can take the guesswork out of your meal planning.

5. Be Well-Adjusted

Increase your body’s efficiency with a little adjustment. Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to health, helping to reduce the spinal stress and nerve tension that inhibit the body’sability to function properly. Get realigned at St. Louis Spine & Health (Creve Coeur, 314.576.1495), where locals have been treated since 1998. Shown to help reduce leg, back and neck pain, as well as alleviate things like carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ syndrome, chiropractors like the ones at InMotion Health Center (Clayton, 314.644.2081) treat the structural imbalance of bones, muscles and joints in the body to achieve relief.

6. Take In the Sights

Take a few hours to explore STL on foot. Stlouiswalkingtours.com offers half-day or full-day walking tours of downtown, Soulard, Lafayette Square, Benton Park and the Central West End. Or take it up a notch with St. Louis’ first and only STL Running Tour (stlrunningtour.com), a 4.5-mile downtown run every Saturday and Sunday through September. If two wheels are more to your liking, explore 10 miles of landmarks north of historic Crown Candy on July 26 with the North of Old North Bicycle Tour (314.436.1324).

7. Become a Yogi

The health benefits of yoga are no secret, but the sheer variety of yoga classes is still a surprise. Urban Breath Yoga (Dogtown, 314.421.9642) offers prenatal and new mom yoga classes, providing relaxation and breathing techniques beneficial in labor. For a different take, try a Yin Yoga class at Jane’s House of Well-Being (St. Charles, 636.255.9642), which targets the ligaments, bones and joints. Or take your downward facing dog outdoors during Dianna Lucas’ Grand Basin Yoga in Forest Park overlooking the spectacular water features (314.495.9960) Saturdays at 9:30am and Sundays at 11:30am.

8. Make Healthy Convenient

Get fresh, organic and local groceries without setting foot in an actual store with Green BEAN Delivery (314.717.1099, greenbeandelivery.com). Choose your bin size (you can also swap items in your bin from about 40 items each week) and add additional grocery items like local dairy, grass-fed beef and artisan foods. Simplifying the effort to eat locally, Neighborgood Foods (314.630.7808, neighborgoodfoods.com) delivers farm-fresh fruits and veggies from growers around Missouri and Illinois, eliminating the need for you to hop around farmers’ markets to find your favorites.

9. Dig In

Grab your gardening tools and head to the gardening classes courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw, 314.577.5100), including instruction on edging, as well as growing roses and small trees. In addition to being a premier supplier for area gardens, Sugar Creek Gardens (Kirkwood, 314.965.3070) also offers classes covering a range of topics from vines to perennials to create the perfect landscape. If you want to make a day of it, grab a bite at the charming Café Osage before heading to the adjacent Bowood Farms (Central West End, 314.454.6868) to stock up on all your gardening supplies.

10. Jump Right In

The best way to keep cool (and get your blood flowing) this summer is swimming. The city is overflowing with fantastic, family-friendly aquatic complexes—a few favorites include North Pointe Family Aquatic Center (Ballwin, 636.227.2981) featuring a “tree swing” and aqua climbing wall, and Carondelet Park Rec Complex YMCA (Carondelet, 314.768.9622), boasting a lazy river and two-and-a-half-story slide. If you just want to get your feet wet, try adult swim classes at The Lodge Des Peres (Des Peres, 314.835.6150) or splash-worthy classes like Aqua Zumba and Wet Sweat at Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa (multiple locations, wellbridge.com).

11. Go the Distance

If you enjoy spending the summer training for one big event at the end of the season, try a long-distance or century ride. Join other cyclists on Sept. 21 for Ride the Rivers Century, a 100-mile tour that covers two states, six counties, five trails, three rivers, two bridges and one Arch. For the adventurous type, join Trailnet on Sept. 30 for its inaugural JAM (Journey Across Missouri, trailnet.org), a six-day cross-state ride from Kansas City to St. Louis.

12. Center Yourself

Find balance and inner peace with ancient Chinese movement arts. The St. Louis Daoist Association (Clayton, 314.740.8807) offers beginner tai chi ($15 per class) on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm; it’s a low-impact way to increase muscle strength and flexibility. Or, cultivate your energy (qi) with qigong, a healing and revitalizing practice that helps alleviate fatigue, at a local practice group. Find one near you at zhinengqigongstl.com.

13. Pamper Your Paws

A unique concept for a nail salon created by a podiatrist and foot surgeon, Clean Spa (Chesterfield, 314.880.0777) puts cleanliness, sterilization and eco-friendly practices front and center to ensure a relaxing, healthy experience for each customer. Services range from aromatherapy pedicures to detox pedicures (featuring healing tea tree and lemon oils and a reflexology session) to MAN-icures for men. Best of all, regulars can choose a money-saving membership program for repeat visits.

14. Team Up

Grab some pals and get into a league to break a sweat (and have a ton of fun) with some classic team sports. The Missouri Sand Volleyball & Social Club (314.303.3185) sponsors games across the region, while the Big Balls Kickball League (314.591.5988) is a fun way to channel your inner third-grader.

15. Get A Coach

Want to take your career, relationships, or life in general, to the next level? Consult with the experts at the Moksha Institute (South City, 314.409.3769), and benefit from the dynamic coaching that focuses on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual experiences that could be holding you back. If your blockers are more personal, talk with Erin Murphy (314.368.3829), a certified Serenity Life Coach, whose practice combines life coaching with Serenity Vibration Healing to help remove energy drains while empowering clients to focus on what they really want.

16. Come Out Swinging

Get fit while putting up your dukes. Sweat (Clayton, 314.725.2714) combines the fundamentals of boxing with other training to give you a total body workout. Classes include everything from Power and Punch, using kettlebells and weights, to a power hour of boxing, legs and core. If you’re more serious about getting punchy, try a private or semi-private ringside session.

17. Hire a Pro 

Enjoy gourmet, restaurant-quality meals without lifting a finger, thanks to MealThymes (888.314.3423, mealthymes.com), a personal chef and private catering service focused on preparing meals appropriate for any occasion. From a single feast to meals for a group or the entire work week, everything from the prep to the cleanup is taken care of, ensuring you enjoy a spectacular meal without the stress. In addition to being a local-focused grocery and café, Local Harvest (314.606.0165, Tower Grove) also offers full-service catering ranging from box lunches to weddings, all crafted with the same local artisan quality and care as the dishes served in the restaurant.

18. Change It Up 

Burn fat and shed calories quickly with Shred415 (Brentwood, shred415.com), a new-to-STL fitness concept (founded in Chicago) that's based on high-intensity interval training. Members alternate between weight training and cardio work on top-notch Woodway treadmills, all while setting their own pace to accommodate varying levels of athletes.

19. Up Your Game 

Want to start exercising at home but can’t afford the equipment? Try going the refurbished route for a fraction of the cost. Ecofit Upcycled (Brentwood, 314.795.7515) takes used commercial fitness equipment (that would otherwise be discarded) and infuses it with new life, transforming it back into working order. What could be better than improving your fitness while padding your wallet, and helping the environment while you’re at it?

 

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29. Be Natural

Free of petrochemicals, parabens and synthetic colors and fragrances, every product in the Blissoma (blissoma.com) skincare line is rich in active naturals and cosmetic-grade ingredients like resveratrol. Based on advanced phytochemistry (most are also certified vegan) to deliver the most naturally effective results, the Blissoma brand also sponsors workshops, private parties and the Natural Beauty Breakfast Club at Local Harvest.

30. Cheat with a Treat

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Indulge without the guilt, thanks to organic ice cream and sorbet from I Scream Cakes (Benton Park, 314.932.5758) in crazy delicious flavors like SuperHappyFunTime Pistachio Caramel, Tastes Like Purple (it does!) and Peanut Butter ‘n’ Chocolate-Banana (vegan). For the chocoholic in you, check out Kakao Chocolate (Maplewood, 314.645.4446), a haven of all-natural artisan truffles and confections boasting real vanilla bean seeds (no extracts) and fresh cream‰ÛÓall free of artificial flavors and hand-dipped with love.

31. Bounce to a Better Body

Have a blast while blasting calories at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (Chesterfield, 636.530.4550), a facility comprised of wall-to-wall trampolines. Burn up to 1,000 calories in a single hour with SkyRobics ($8/class) a low-impact way to torch calories with advanced calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics‰ÛÓall done on a trampoline. Sky Zone also offers Ultimate Dodgeball, a tournament played entirely on trampolines.

32. Slow Down

Explore the slow food movement with help from Slow Food Saint Louis (slowfoodstl.org), a local group that supports the notion of promoting fresh, local and sustainably produced food. The site features a list of restaurants that support the mission, events, farmers’ markets, CCSAs and grocers, along with ample resources for those who want to slow down and savor the flavors of life.

33. Unplug

Take a seven- or 14-day break from the hustle of modern life with a meditation retreat at Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center (Annapolis, MO, about two hours from STL, 573.546.1214). Designed for beginner and advanced meditation practitioners, this Buddhist center provides guidance on meditative practices you can easily carry over into everyday life. If an in-town regimen is more your style, try the Art of Living Course (Clayton, 314.494.5042), a multi-day class that teaches the powerful breathing technique of Sudarshan Kriya, along with skills for managing negative emotions .

34. Be a DIY Do-Gooder

Become a sustainable do-it-yourselfer with inspiration and instruction from Perennial (Carondelet, 314.832.2288), a unique initiative that focuses on building a creative culture of re-use. Upcoming classes include eco-friendly furniture restoration, sewing workshops, revamping old jewelry, mosaic stepping stones, an intro to stained glass and “STL Trash Talk,” a one-hour lesson on the best spots to find discarded furniture and useful information about the city’s bulk trash system.

35. Wrap It Up

“Burn” away cellulite and fat with an hour-long Infrared Body Wrap at The Ultimate Body Wrap (Webster Groves, 636.346.4882). The method uses infrared heat to get underneath fat cells and cellulite, “melting” them and releasing them back into the bloodstream and sweat glands, where they’re flushed from the body. The relaxing procedure, which can be repeated to achieve optimal results, promotes blood circulation and can also be used to help treat joint and muscle pain.

36. Reach For It

Get roped into a new strength-building hobby with rock climbing. Whether you’re an expert or novice at scaling walls, you can check out Upper Limits (multiple locations, upperlimits.com), featuring varied walls and terrains, seven auto belays (no experience required) and a variety of classes from private instruction to family classes. Or, check out a rope skill class or open climb time at the environmentally friendly Climb So iLL (314.621.1700, Lafayette Square), offering two indoor walls built from recycled and reused building materials.

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45. Row With It

Get an introduction to the sport of rowing with the St. Louis Rowing Club (Creve Coeur Lake, 314.434.8299), where students learn all the basics and can eventually advance to the competitive team as they improve. For some kayak action, try the Alpine Shop’s basic kayak course (Valley Park, 888.347.2879), a two-hour introduction to kayaking, including basic strokes and safety skills.

46. Get to the Point

A natural remedy for everything from headaches to asthma to joint pain, acupuncture provides a more holistic approach to health. At WellBody Acupuncture and Chiropractor Clinic (Maplewood, 314.644.5844), husband and wife team Gregory and Christine Kleinschmidt are dedicated to helping you heal through ancient Eastern and modern Western techniques, in addition to being one of the most recommended clinics for fertility acupuncture in the area.

47. Brighten Your Outlook

Rediscover your youthful radiance with a facial treatment focused on revitalizing skin tone. Replenish that rosy glow with DermaOXY O2, a concentrated oxygen and herbal treatment designed to stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal, at BodyBrite (multiple locations, bodybriteusa.com). Fade dark spots and improve skin clarity with the Aveda Enbrightenment Discoloration Treatment at Ginger Bay (multiple locations, gingerbay.com), proven to improve discoloration by 52 percent, thanks to new Asian-inspired massage application techniques.

48. Sweat It Out

Crank up the heat while stretching your limbs, improving circulation and eliminating toxins with some hot yoga. Try 26 asanas (postures) at Bikram Yoga St. Louis (Richmond Heights, 314.644.2226), offering everything from a single class rate to a one-year unlimited pass for die-hard yogis. In addition to 60- or 90-minute hot yoga, Prana Yoga (Des Peres, 314.821.2267) also offers a Power Hour class at noon that incorporates a faster mixed vinyasa style in an 80-degree room for a high-powered sweat during your lunch hour.

49. Treat Your Feet

Give your souls asylum with shoes that are both stylish and comfy. Sole Comfort (Kirkwood, 314.863.3600) specializes in comfortable footwear from brands like Wolky, Soludos and Flexx. For hard-to-fit sizes or custom orthotics, visit Seliga Shoes (Brentwood, 314.961.0110), where you can find a large assortment of Dansko, Deer Tracks, Naot and Merrell. Or if your goal is to run in customized comfort, try Big River Running Company (multiple locations, bigriverrunning.com), where you can get individually fitted for the perfect athletic shoe.

50. Get a Clean Perspective

Baby your skin with locally made natural soaps, created to be good to your skin and the environment. Cleanse and moisturize in one simple step with products from KIND Soap Company (Webster Groves, 314.942.2024) made from natural ingredients like shea butter and olive oil. Many of KIND’s therapeutic products are formulated to alleviate sinus congestion, cracking skin or acne. Handcrafted from fresh goat’s milk from Missouri and Illinois farms, the highly moisturizing soaps from Hanley Fold Farm (314.313.7320) come in more than 30 different scents, including clove, olive oil and spruce.

51. Give Your Hair a Lift

Add some oomph to your tresses with a hair and scalp treatment at V.Vegaz Style (The Loop, 314.725.7900), which treats dry, damaged, oily, thinning or dandruff-ridden hair. The master stylists here can also customize your color from daring to demure with fun rainbow highlights or subtle shimmers.

52. Find Strength in Numbers

It’s more fun to get fit in a crowd. Get peddling at Crush Cycle Studio (Chesterfield, 636.536.6224), where you can experience the city’s only RealRyder bikes, which turn, tilt and lean as you ride. If your aim is to torch some calories, try Burn 1000 (Town & Country, 636.220.1010), where you can blast up to 1,000 calories during a single one-hour class. Get a full-body workout with The Dailey Method (Ladue, 314.563.9073), which combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercise to re-align the body to its optimum state. Or, if you’re looking for variety in your classes, try one of over 65 options at Nutriformance (Frontenac, 314.432.6103), where certified personal trainers take you through resistance training, cardio and conditioning work.

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37. Boost Your Brainpower

Created by a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in adult brain function, Nawgan’s “alertness beverage” is scientifically formulated to help increase focus with choline, cytidine, vitamin E and caffeine. Nawgan comes in six fruity flavors and is available at most major grocery stores and drugstores.

38. Check Your Mate

Whether you’re a newbie or Grandmaster, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (Central West End, 314.361.2437) has something for you. From beginners’ classes to private instruction to open tournaments, the nonprofit organization teaches problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting through the challenging game. The club also offers open play times when you can come in and face off against an opponent or observe others to sharpen your skills.

39. Start Nesting

A truly unique family space, The Nest (Frontenac, 314.942.3521) blends healthy eats with family time in a community space that offers child-parent workshops and classes in the areas of healthy cooking, positive parenting, infant massage, fitness and health. Childcare is always available for classes‰ÛÓor while you eat!‰ÛÓand you can even purchase memberships (starting at $60/month) that entitle you to four free classes per week, unlimited drop-in childcare, 40 percent off workshops and unlimited play in the indoor play forest.

40. Get Up in the Air

Take to the air with an aerial silks class, where you’ll learn to climb and manipulate aerial fabric around the body, in upright and upside down positions, all while building unbelievable strength, flexibility and balance. Upper Limits (multiple locations, upperlimits.com) has several classes, including a five-week intro session ($100) to teach basic techniques, tricks and vocabulary. For more high-flying fun, try trapeze, aerial hoops or silks at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts (Benton Park, 314.898.3259), a full-service aerial arts school that offers private lessons, workshops and classes for all ages.

41. Veg Out

Whether you’re a vegetarian or just have a hankering for some crisp, colorful fare, check out the latest crop of meatless restaurants around the city. Treehouse (314.696.2100, South Grand) offers inventive and delicious plant-based cuisine, including stuffed eggplant and a raw noodle bowl. A mix of raw foods and vegan favorites, Seedz CafÌ© (DeMun, 314.283.6681) features Rawvioli (raw organic beets marinated and filled with vegan macadamia and pine nut pesto), house-made organic kale chips and a wide assortment of fresh juices. And for those with dietary sensitivities, Frida’s (314.727.6500, University City) offers options free from gluten, soy, oil or dairy in addition to a large range of raw and vegan cuisine.

42. Float Your Boat

In landlocked Missouri, we don’t always associate St. Louis with water, but the city is actually surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes and rivers, including Mark Twain Lake (2.5 hours), Table Rock Lake (4 hours), Black River (2.5 hours) and Cuivre River (1 hour). Get certified to set sail at St. Louis Sail & Paddle (Earth City, 314.298.0411), which offers classes in navigation, knot tying and an introduction to sailing. Or head to Creve Coeur Park (Maryland Heights, 314.615.4386) where you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to explore the lake, waterfall and sandy beach.

43. Spice Things Up

Not only do herbs and spices add amazing flavor to healthy food, they can actually positively influence your health as well. Peppermint can help ease intestinal distress and reduce inflammation; sage can boost memory; a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can help lower blood sugar; and the antioxidants in thyme may help alleviate respiratory issues. To get fresh herbs, stop by Penzey’s (Maplewood, 314.781.7177), where you’ll find more than 100 spices, including special low-sodium blends and unique rubs.

44. Cause a Racquet

Want to get off the treadmill and still get a rousing good cardio workout? Get in the game with a tennis clinic (find a list at gateway-tennis.com) or grab a pal and hit the racquetball court. Never tapped your inner Serena? Try the eight-week kickstart program at Frontenac Raquet Club (Frontenac, 314.991.5599)‰ÛÓthey even offer classes for pre-schoolers and 5- and 6-year olds to help keep the little ones busy while you brush up on your backhand.

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45. Row With It

Get an introduction to the sport of rowing with the St. Louis Rowing Club (Creve Coeur Lake, 314.434.8299), where students learn all the basics and can eventually advance to the competitive team as they improve. For some kayak action, try the Alpine Shop’s basic kayak course (Valley Park, 888.347.2879), a two-hour introduction to kayaking, including basic strokes and safety skills.

46. Get to the Point

A natural remedy for everything from headaches to asthma to joint pain, acupuncture provides a more holistic approach to health. At WellBody Acupuncture and Chiropractor Clinic (Maplewood, 314.644.5844), husband and wife team Gregory and Christine Kleinschmidt are dedicated to helping you heal through ancient Eastern and modern Western techniques, in addition to being one of the most recommended clinics for fertility acupuncture in the area.

47. Brighten Your Outlook

Rediscover your youthful radiance with a facial treatment focused on revitalizing skin tone. Replenish that rosy glow with DermaOXY O2, a concentrated oxygen and herbal treatment designed to stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal, at BodyBrite (multiple locations, bodybriteusa.com). Fade dark spots and improve skin clarity with the Aveda Enbrightenment Discoloration Treatment at Ginger Bay (multiple locations, gingerbay.com), proven to improve discoloration by 52 percent, thanks to new Asian-inspired massage application techniques.

48. Sweat It Out

Crank up the heat while stretching your limbs, improving circulation and eliminating toxins with some hot yoga. Try 26 asanas (postures) at Bikram Yoga St. Louis (Richmond Heights, 314.644.2226), offering everything from a single class rate to a one-year unlimited pass for die-hard yogis. In addition to 60- or 90-minute hot yoga, Prana Yoga (Des Peres, 314.821.2267) also offers a Power Hour class at noon that incorporates a faster mixed vinyasa style in an 80-degree room for a high-powered sweat during your lunch hour.

49. Treat Your Feet

Give your souls asylum with shoes that are both stylish and comfy. Sole Comfort (Kirkwood, 314.863.3600) specializes in comfortable footwear from brands like Wolky, Soludos and Flexx. For hard-to-fit sizes or custom orthotics, visit Seliga Shoes (Brentwood, 314.961.0110), where you can find a large assortment of Dansko, Deer Tracks, Naot and Merrell. Or if your goal is to run in customized comfort, try Big River Running Company (multiple locations, bigriverrunning.com), where you can get individually fitted for the perfect athletic shoe.

50. Get a Clean Perspective

Baby your skin with locally made natural soaps, created to be good to your skin and the environment. Cleanse and moisturize in one simple step with products from KIND Soap Company (Webster Groves, 314.942.2024) made from natural ingredients like shea butter and olive oil. Many of KIND’s therapeutic products are formulated to alleviate sinus congestion, cracking skin or acne. Handcrafted from fresh goat’s milk from Missouri and Illinois farms, the highly moisturizing soaps from Hanley Fold Farm (314.313.7320) come in more than 30 different scents, including clove, olive oil and spruce.

51. Give Your Hair a Lift

Add some oomph to your tresses with a hair and scalp treatment at V.Vegaz Style (The Loop, 314.725.7900), which treats dry, damaged, oily, thinning or dandruff-ridden hair. The master stylists here can also customize your color from daring to demure with fun rainbow highlights or subtle shimmers.

52. Find Strength in Numbers

It’s more fun to get fit in a crowd. Get peddling at Crush Cycle Studio (Chesterfield, 636.536.6224), where you can experience the city’s only RealRyder bikes, which turn, tilt and lean as you ride. If your aim is to torch some calories, try Burn 1000 (Town & Country, 636.220.1010), where you can blast up to 1,000 calories during a single one-hour class. Get a full-body workout with The Dailey Method (Ladue, 314.563.9073), which combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercise to re-align the body to its optimum state. Or, if you’re looking for variety in your classes, try one of over 65 options at Nutriformance (Frontenac, 314.432.6103), where certified personal trainers take you through resistance training, cardio and conditioning work.

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53. Get in Touch with Your Emotions

Emotional stress takes a physical toll on our bodies. The holistic therapy known as EPT Works (Emotional Polarity Technique) removes emotional blocks through energy, intuition and forgiveness by helping you change your response tou psetting emotions. At Essential Connections (636.821.1158, myessentialconnections.com), Certified Advanced EPT Works Practitioner Dorothy Tomasic uses this alternative method for alleviating depression, anxiety, trauma, guilt and addiction.

54. Support Local Farmers

Back local purveyors while getting amazing food fresh from the farm with CCSAs (combined community supported agriculture). You can buy a “share” from a multitude of farms for a season, then pick up the bounty once a week from a common drop location. Fair Shares CCSA (fairshares.org) offers produce, along with a variety of meats, dairy, baked goods, canned foods, chocolate and coffee in every share, available for pickup in University City, Kirkwood and Fair Shares’ facility at I-44 and Kingshighway on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Libertine Neighborhood Bag (libertinestl.com) CSA also offers your choice of groceries, with options like omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and paleo in full or half subscriptions. It also includes recipes and prepared items from chef Josh Galliano.

55. Hop on Two Wheels

Get off your keister and retract that kickstand to rev your heart rate and increase your stamina with a little peddling. Spend your Saturdays on a free group training bike ride, courtesy of Big Shark (multiple locations, bigshark.com), or double your fun with a Sunday Brick (rides followed by a run). If you’re really serious, check out the Gateway Cross Cup Cyclocross event this fall (gatewaycrosscup.com). Slow things down a bit by spending a morning socializing with fellow two-wheel enthusiasts at Kaldi’s on DeMun or Mississippi Mud downtown on July 18 for free coffee and treats during Breakfast for Bikers (trailnet.org).

56. Say Cheese

Ditch the coffee stains and less-than-perfect smile with a trip to the right dentist. The experts at Ballwin Dental Care (Ballwin, 636.552.9647) specialize in cosmetic, preventative and restorative dentistry using the latest technology including Invisalign, intra-oral cameras and digital X-ray. The office of Michael F. Grasso, DDS (Chesterfield, 636.777.7700), specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry services, including veneers, whitening and more.

57. Energize Your Soul

Find peace of mind, spirit and body with the ancient practice of Reiki, which uses “life force energy” manipulation as a way to heal from within. To experience the calm and tranquility that can result from a Reiki session, schedule time with Susan Brockmeier at Mystic Valley (Maplewood, 314.645.3336). If you’re interested in becoming the healer, Cynde Meyer (West County, 636.530.7579) offers different levels of Reiki classes in day-long workshops.

58. Take the Challenge

As part of the celebration of being named the “Best Trails State” in America by the nonprofit American Trails, and to promote health and fitness, the governor has challenged Missourians to complete 100 miles of physical activity‰ÛÓbe it walking, running, biking, paddling, skipping or rolling‰ÛÓby the end of the year (100missourimiles). It’s a great way to explore urban trails and deep country terrain, regardless of your age or fitness level, while helping promote the importance of physical activity to boot. Whether walking, biking or running, you can’t beat The Katy Trail (mostateparks.com), 240 miles of trail in the right-of-way of the former Missouri‰ÛÒKansas‰ÛÒTexas Railroad.

59. Bond with Your Best Friend

Looking for something fun to do with Fido? Try the 10th annual dog-and-master boat race, Paddle with Your Pooch, on July 21 at the Boathouse (Forest Park, 314.367.2224). Don’t have a canine of your own? No sweat! You can stay active (and enrich a shelter dog’s life) by helping out with Stray Rescue’s Running Buddies program (Downtown, 314.771.6121). Just stop by the shelter and “check out” a four-legged friend to go for a quick run. Plus, join in the Humane Society’s (hsmo.org) Trails and Tails campaign to promote fitness with your four-legged friend on Missouri’s trails. The organization’s popular Bark in the Park event returns in 2015.

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60. Blend In

Take your sense of smell to new heights by getting certified as an aromatherapist through Cheryl’s Herbs (Maplewood, 314.645.2165). The intro 40-hour course includes 20 essential oils and a course manual (plus a discount on products), followed by a 300-hour advanced course for serious aroma enthusiasts. You can also learn the basics of crafting your own bath salts, body blends and natural skin care products.

61. Establish Roots

With more than 200 community gardens in the area, there are plenty of places to indulge your green thumb while giving back to a worthwhile cause. Gateway Greening (gatewaygreening.org) offers many ways to volunteer‰ÛÓyou can prep beds and harvest at the City Seeds Urban Farm, organize and distribute donated plants to a community garden or work alongside master gardeners in the downtown beautification project.

62. Elevate Your Brain

Helping to bring about change and better actualize your resolutions, Higher Brain Living is a mind-body method of personal growth and transformation that relies on energy to tap into our “higher brains.” Improve your overall health, outlook and awareness with Julie Paull, Ph.D., at AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Center of West County (Ellisville, 636.368.6772).

63. Grow Your Own Veggies

Enjoy your own homegrown organic veggies with a little help from a pro. Brick City Gardens (South City, 314.698.6200) is a full-service garden design and installation company that can help you create a full landscape plan, organize your garden beds and even help with maintenance. They do corporate and restaurant gardens, as well as offer classes and workshops.

64. Stock Up on Spirituality

Renew your spirit while updating your decor with a huge offering of new-age, spiritual and metaphysical gifts for the mind and soul at The Zen Tree (Webster Groves, 314.843.4100). Find everything from crystals and incense to tarot cards and Himalayan salt lamps to encourage enlightenment in your personal space. The store also offers classes, Reiki and chakra readings.

65. Make It Personal

Find that extra dose of motivation with a personal trainer to help take your routine from ho-hum to heavy hitting. Pros like Mike Jaudes (Creve Coeur, 314.993.3343), the owner and president of The Fitness Edge, can help you get fit as a fiddle with a customized workout and nutrition plan tailored to your body and needs. If you need “a little extra,” call Kourtney Thomas (lagniappefitness.com), who was recently named one of Shape magazine’s 50 hottest female trainers in America. She offers running coaching and in-home personal training focused on helping give you that boost you need to be your best self. Or, train under the watchful eye of your personal fitness coach on the high-end MedX equipment at 20 Minutes to Fitness (multiple locations, 20minutestofitness.com). Depending on the studio you train at, your coach might be a physical therapist, registered nurse,exercise physiologist, kinesiologist or certified fitness professional.

66. Grin Without Bearing It

Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts grit their teeth through pain from injury, illness or overuse of muscles. But they really don’t have to. The doctors at Re-generation Orthopedics (Chesterfield, 636.536.7000) can help diagnose and treat both chronic and acute pain using a combination of medication, physical therapy and psychological evaluation to help get you pain-free and back in the game.

67. Take a Swing

Featuring three separate nine-hole golf courses, The Courses at Forest Park (314.367.1337) offer golf enthusiasts a unique experience with different 18-hole combinations. New to swinging? Sign up for private lessons with golf pro Maria Palozola (314.440.9082), who holds three state titles and was named a Top 50 LGPA Teacher in the World for five years running. For a bit of extra practice, hit up Tower Tee (Shrewsbury, 314.481.5818) for some time on the driving range, starting at just $6.

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68. Dream On

Get educated in the ways of the self and consciousness at the School of Metaphysics (Maplewood, 314.645.0036), where students explore the universe beyond the physical world. You can also take an online independent study program to learn the art and science of dream interpretation with the six-course Dreamschool Scholars Program (dreamschool.org). In addition, the staff offers services like dream interpretation, spiritual guidance and more by appointment.

69. Have Tea for Two

Swap your coffee for a cup of tea to enjoy its free radical-fighting, antioxidant benefits. Browse 80-plus varieties of tea, including organic, fair-trade and custom blended varieties, at Traveling Tea (Maplewood, 314.647.8832), where you can find a large assortment of green, black and herbal teas alongside the cutest accessories and teapots. Stop by Smalls Tea & Coffee (Benton Park, 314.669.5698), a tiny tea shop packed with local goodness, including ReTrailer tea blends, sustainable baked sweets and wood-fired baguettes from local bakeries.

70. Change Your Monday Routine

A fun food movement in St. Louis and beyond, Meat-ess Monday encourages people to skip meat one day each week to help reduce the risk for diseases like obesity, heart disease and cancer while also saving valuable resources and energy. Taking the meatless day to the next level, Rasoi (Central West End, 314.361.6911) has gone completely vegetarian on Mondays. At Home Wine Kitchen (Maplewood, 314.802.7676), you can not only go meatless, but menu-less as well‰ÛÓon Mondays they ditch the menu for a custom-made, three-course dinner based off your answers to five culinary questions, in which you can specificy vegetarian, vegan or any other dietary preference.

71. Ramble in the Moonlight

Join fellow cyclists for the “World’s Original Nighttime Bike Ride” on Aug. 9 when the 51st Moonlight Ramble (Downtown, 314.613.7966)‰ÛÓa night-owl event in which thousands of bikers take a leisurely ride through the streets of St. Louis‰ÛÓtakes place starting at 12:01am. Choose from a short (10.5-mile) or long (18.5-mile) ride, then enjoy the after-ride party to celebrate your accomplishment.

72. Head to Better Health

Relieve mental stress, acute pain, migraines, TMJ and chronic pain through cranio-sacral therapy, which involves gently working with the spine, skull and face to ease nerve restrictions, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flow freely. At The Inner Connection (Hazelwood, 314.918.1555) owner Sharon Hepburn also utilizes somato-emotional release that deals with physical manifestations of trauma to help rid the body of the negative effects it can cause.

73. Become a Healer

Think you have healing hands? Learn the art of massage at The Healing Arts Center (Kirkwood, 314.647.8080), and combine a variety of bodywork methods into one unique approach. The center also offers professional and student massage, including Reiki, pranic healing, myofascial release and reflexology.

74. Appreciate the Majestic

You’ll truly say “Oh my!” to these lions and tigers. Stand mere feet away from gorgeous white tigers, leopards and a pride of African lions at the National Tiger Sanctuary (Chestnutridge, MO, near Branson, 417.587.3633), a nonprofit preserve dedicated to protecting big cats and educating the public about the environment, while providing a safe forever home for the animals.

75. Be a Little Vein

Treat your legs to a little TLC with state-of-the-art vein treatments at Vein Specialties (Creve Coeur, 314.993.8233). Offering in-office diagnosis and procedures, these board-certified surgeons can help repair varicose or spider veins with minimal downtime and no hospitalization. Other laser-based treatments, including tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation, are also available.

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76. Stretch It Out

A fantastic way to build strength, flexibility and control, Pilates offers an amazing total-body workout. Try a private or semi-private session, or get started with a group fundamentals class at Pilates of West County (Chesterfield, 636.536.2400). Starting at just $28 per class, Performance Pilates (Chesterfield, 636.536.6555) offers four types of classes‰ÛÓmat exercise, reformers, resistance training and stability chairs‰ÛÓfor optimal results. And if you’re strapped for time, try a 30-minute private session at Pilates & Yoga Center of St. Louis (314.563.9400, Ladue).

77. Wine Away the Afternoon

Take a break and enjoy a glass of wine at one of more than 100 nearby wineries in Defiance, MO, Ste. Genevieve, MO, and other nearby locations. During the summer, they are packed with live music, tasting events, winery tours, barbecue and more. Check out missouriwine.org (sponsored by the Missouri Wine and Grape Board) for information on upcoming events. The interactive “trip planner” makes it super simple to coordinate your next weekend winery hop; it’s also available in a mobile app to make it easy to navigate from one to another.

78. Take a Stroll

Boasting 105 acres of open-air museum space with some of the most impressive sculptures in the city, there’s plenty to explore during a stroll through Laumeier Sculpture Park (Sunset Hills, 314.615.5278). Be sure to check out the current “Mound City” exhibition through Aug. 24, exploring traces of native culture in our contemporary world.

79. Camp Out

Grab some of your gal pals and relive your summer camp days Sept. 19-21 during the Epic Adventure Quest at Camp Manitowa (Benton, IL, about 90 minutes from STL, 314.348.6412). Featuring youthful favorites like ropes courses, water sports, horseback riding and volleyball, plus grown-up activities such as painting wine glasses and a beer tasting, it’s a fantastic way to relax, get some outdoor time and bond like sixth-graders.

80. Improve Your Look

We all have little insecurities about how we look, butthere’s often a simple solution. Skin a bit lumpier than you’d like? Have Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute (Creve Coeur, 314.991.1700) smooth away cellulite with VelaSmooth, a radio frequency treatment that reduces the size of fat cells and uses a kneading motion to break them up for elimination by the lymphatic system. Bothered by excess hair or stubble? Get rid of it for good at Infinity Laser (Clayton, 314.862.1000) with permanent laser hair removal‰ÛÓits superior lasers are shown to permanently remove 85-99 percent of all treated hair for silky smooth results. Splotchy skin getting you down? The PrioriMD Rejuvenating Peel from Padda Institute (Creve Coeur, 314.275.7300) offers significantly more radiant, youthful-looking skin in seven days after only a single treatment.

81. Add Some Salt

A natural remedy for anyone suffering from chronic lung or sinus conditions, salt room therapy employs tiny ionized salt particles that enter the respiratory system to help reduce inflammation and unclog blockages. Used by athletes and singers, salt therapy also takes advantage of the negatively charged ions released from thousands of pounds of healing Dead Sea salt, imparting the same healthful benefits of spending days by the seaside. St. Louis Salt Room (Maplewood, 314.647.2410) is the place to go locally for all your salt therapy needs.

82. Breathe Deep

Everyone knows that taking a deep, cleansing breath can calm nerves and refocus the mind. But what about taking your breathing to the next level, where it can actually clear the subconscious mind and help you connect to a higher form of consciousness? That’s what you’ll learn with Transformational Breathwork at The Center for Mind, Body and Spirit (University City, 314.725.6767), which teaches you to correct restrictive breathing patterns, along with techniques for increasing energy and managing stress.

83. Reconnect with Your Past

Oftentimes, we have to look back before we can move forward. Michelle Rubin at St. Louis Wellness Center (Webster Groves, 314.749.7610) can help you tap into a new level of healing utilizing past-life regression therapy as a unique means of self-exploration.

84. Look the Part

Who says you can’t look good while breaking a sweat? Get comfy and cute with activewear from Dimvaloo Active Living (Ladue, 314.824.8224), a fitness-friendly boutique that is the exclusive carrier of Lorna Jane athleisure wear‰ÛÓdesigned to be shrink- and fade-resistant, 100 percent UV protective, quick drying and breathable for the perfect balance of fitness and fashion.

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85. Eat Local

Furthering the mission of locally sourced cuisine, Lulu’s Local Eatery (South Grand, 314.357.7717) uses all-natural, organic and local ingredients whenever possible throughout the made-from-scratch menu (including delectables like the sweet potato black bean burger and Volcano Fries), at its food truck and brick-and-mortar eatery. For the epitome of farm-to-table, try Nathalie’s (Central West End. 314.533.1580). Owned by Overlook Farm’s Nathalie Pettus, the restaurant features the bounty of her family’s farm complemented by goods from other local purveyors. For simple and fresh local dining, try the $10 blue plate lunch at Farmhaus (South City, 314.647.3800), which offers a delectible dish each day, largely sourced from local and sustainable farms.

86. Moisturize Right

Envelop your skin in the luxury of unrefined organic coconut oil, organic fair-trade shea butter and organic essential oils. Handmade in small batches, the bath and body products from Black Birch (blackbirchstore.com) are exceptionally moisturizing, without being greasy, while imparting an amazingly refreshing scent. Try the Whipped Body Glow body lotion, the nourishing sugar scrub or silky mango butter lip balm.

87. Heal Your Best Friend

Watching a beloved pet fall ill can inflict as much emotional pain as watching a human family member get sick. For a more natural approach to healing your four-legged friend, try Tranquil Companion (618.972.8267, Maryville, IL), which uses energy work to help provide a healing touch for your furry companion, relaxing the body, increasing endorphins and improving circulation, regardless of species or size.

88. Gear Up for Charity

It’s tough to beat the endorphins after a great ride‰ÛÓunless you also know that you’re giving back in the process. Help raise money by biking for worthwhile charities, like Pedal the Cause on Sept. 27-28 (pedalthecause.org), which offers a variety of ways to get involved to raise money for Siteman Cancer Center, from a 15-mile ride to a century to spinning stations‰ÛÓeven virtual riders and volunteers are welcome. Or, on Oct. 11, you can join Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life (cff.org) in a 25-, 50- or 100-mile ride followed by a post-event victory party.

89. Take Your Supplements

Whether you want to boost your weight loss, increase your energy or intensify your workout, Supplement Superstores (multiple locations, supplementsuperstores.com) has the experts and products to help you achieve your goals. Products like BMI Commander help boost energy, reduce cravings and control cortisol levels, helping speed up weight loss. Not sure where to start? The employees there can make personal recommendations based on what you want to achieve.

90. Feel the Beat

Put on your dancing shoes and pop into Club Viva (Central West End, 314.361.0322) from 8-9pm every Thursday and Saturday for free salsa lessons, or schedule a private session with one of the instructors. Jazz it up with swing dancing on select Fridays at the Casa Loma Ballroom (Benton Park, 314.282.2258), where you can also sign up for group or private lessons to learn the tango, fox trot or waltz. For a modern take (and a mere $10/class), try The City Studio (Central West End, 314.533.4142) for hip-hop, contemporary or jazz.

91. Find Your Way

Rooted in the belief that everyone is, at their core, full of goodness, the Shambhala principle can help us radiate that goodness and improve our relationships with those around us. The Shambhala Meditation Group of St. Louis (Webster Groves, stlouis.shambhala.org) offers a wealth of classes and retreats, ranging from in-depth meditation instruction to contemplative writing groups to kyudo, an ancient form of archery using Japanese bows.

92. Race for Thrills

Multiple bike races in four neighborhoods over four days equals four times the fun. Gear up as racers take on one-mile laps around Lafayette Square, Francis Park, The Hill and Benton Park during the 22nd edition of the Gateway Cup (gatewaycup.com) on Aug. 29-Sept. 1. There are five to six races per day, with events for new racers to pros, including the featured men’s Pro-Am race starring 150 of the country’s top racers speeding down St. Louis streets at up to 30 mph.

93. Unstick Your Beauty Routine

Get inspired by the latest colors and trends by strolling through the makeup counters at Saks Fifth Avenue (Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200)‰ÛÓthe Chanel Beaute boutique is absoutely to die for. Or, talk to the beauty experts at the luxury beauty counters of Tom Ford and Cle de Peau Beaute at Neiman Marcus (Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811). Schedule a consultation or mini-makeover to pick up a few tips and tricks.

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94. Strap on Your Boots

For those committed to hard work and serious results, try bootcamp-style training. ROCK Workout (Midtown, 314.531.7625) offers a bootcamp that focuses on timed exercises, so beginners can go at their own pace while incorporating varying exercises‰ÛÓwhich means no monotony from session to session. If you’re craving a high-octane outdoor challenge, try Shark Fitness (sharkfitness.net) bootcamp, a resistance band-based class that combines calisthenics with strength and endurance moves for results with no excuses.

95. Go Primal

If you’re following the popular paleo or primal diets, which eliminate processed foods in favor of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, veggies and fruit, find solace in St. Louis groups focused on helping support your efforts to eat clean. Primal Living STL (a local meet-up group) organizes events and activities with fellow primal followers, while the Facebook group Project Paleo shares recipes and info about sustaining the lifestyle. Grab a bite of paleo cuisine (or other diet-specific food) at Athlete Eats (Benton Park, 314.932.5566 ) or order prepared paleo-friendly eats for delivery or pickup.

96. Shape Up and Feel Sexy

Channel your inner vixen with a sultry class at Van Ella Studios (314.384.2532, Benton Park), where you can learn the basics of burlesque or belly dancing to whittle your middle and boost your confidence‰ÛÓa sexy sweat is guaranteed. Or gain unbelievable strength and flexibility with pole classes at the Michelle Mynx Academy of Pole Dance (South Grand, (618.806.0382), which blends artistry with athleticism to sculpt your upper body into pleasing proportions. Plan your next girls’ night or bachelorette party at FitChix Fitness Studio (Creve Coeur, 314.878.2449), offering fun and flirty classes in pole dancing, strip-tease and more.

97. Stop by Home

Part restaurant, part grocery and general store, Winslow’s Home (University City, 314.725.7559) is a unique place for those who take sustainable eating seriously. The one-stop food haven offers fresh, locally sourced products‰ÛÓmany of which come from its own farm‰ÛÓas well as gifts, toys and home essentials that are produced in an eco-friendly manner. The local gem also offers catering, a cellar space for private events and one of the best brunch menus in the city.

98. Condition Yourself

Show your tresses some love with a deep conditioning treatment at KINK (Clayton, 314.721.5465), where stylists use eco-conscious Kevin Murphy products to reverse the damage of heat styling. Or schedule a session at Dominic Michael Salon (Ladue, 314.721.4230) to pamper your strands with a nourishing deep-conditioning mask that uses heat to help the product penetrate the hair.

99. Commune with Nature

Enjoy the outdoors while taking pleasure in the company of flying, fluttering and roaming creatures, imparting a sense of wonder and peace. Take a drive through Lone Elk Park (Valley Park, 314.615.5000) to view bison, deer and elk wandering free. While there, explore the nearby World Bird Sanctuary (Valley Park, 636.225.4390), where you can get up close and personal with bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and more. Or, take in the tranquility and sit with beautiful butterflies at The Butterfly House (Chesterfield, 636.530.0076), where you can also learn about other unusual bugs and insects.

100. Take a Hike

Lace up your boots and hit one of the nearby trails for scenic inspiration and engaging wildlife. With more than 12 miles of hiking trails at Rockwoods Reservation (Wildwood, 636.458.2236), including a disabled-accessible habitat trail, there’s a route bound to fit your skill level. Visit the wildlife-viewing blind or 3,000-gallon aquarium at Powder Valley Nature Center (Kirkwood, 314.301.1500) before hitting one of the three trails. Or follow the original route of the Pacific Railroad and spy a sunken river barge on the Al Foster Trail, one of Castlewood State Park’s (Ballwin, 636.227.4433) diverse trails, many featuring beautiful river views.

101. Take a Me Day

Because we all need a little “me” time, there are places like the Spa at the Four Seasons (Downtown, 314.881.5800), where you can indulge in everything from a detoxing body wrap to the Chakrassage massage, a treatment using the ancient healing techniques of Chakra balancing to open emotional and mental clarity.

UPDATE: St. Louis Sail & Paddle announced its closure after this issue went to press; therefore references to the organization have been removed from this online article.

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