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Jan 3

Fitness and Nutrition Awards | Best Fitness and Food Products – Runner’s World

One lesson weve learned over the past year: You can get a solid workout done without leaving home. And theres plenty of gear out there to add some spice to your sweat sessions and help take your fitness to new levels. Plus, lots of food options to fuel your every mile.

So we tested the products designed to give you an edge in your fitness, helping you get stronger, more powerful, and faster on your feet. Here, weve selected the best tools to support you through your training and across the finish line with a shiny new personal record.

Getting a cardio workout indoors has its perks. Of course it protects you from the elements, but it can also offer a safer way to exercise when winter hits and the streets get slick. Many machines also provide pre-programmed workouts and enthusiastic instructors to keep motivation high, and by mixing up your cardio method with equipment beyond the treadmill, you also reduce your risk of injurythe beauty of cross-training.

[Cross-training] is good for working the same large muscle groups you use when running, but in different ways, to create variety and better balance and to change the repetitive stress of running, says Brooke Carmen, DPT, CSCS, a physical therapist at Whole Body Health Physical Therapy in Portland, OR. Many runners get injured from imbalances or overuse, and cross-training can help you mitigate those causes, Carmen says.

Dan Giordano, DPT, CSCS, chief medical officer for Bespoke Treatments in New York City, agrees, adding that activities such as rowing, stair climbing, biking, and using the elliptical all improve your cardio while taking impact off your muscles, bones, and tendons. Doing these other forms of exercise can also help you train different energy systems of the body, he says. You have to work on anaerobic fitnessor quick bursts of energyto improve aerobic. Translation: Speed intervals on the rower or bike could help you check off more miles on the road.

Snag all these benefits by buying your own cardio machine. These three stand out for their value and versatility, particularly for runners.

Courtesy Technogym

Technogym MyRun

$3,450.00

Dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands have been go-to gear for home gyms for good reason: You can find them relatively easily (quality is similar across many brands) and at a reasonable price (especially resistance bands). Plus, you have tons of options for how to use them to build strength and power for better running. But if you want to add new challenges to your at-home routine (think: enhanced stability tests, more intense intervals, and next-level weight training), these three tools should have a place on your mat, stat.

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FitFighter Steelhose [Weight : 5 lbs.]

$37.49

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SMARTBAR & WEIGHT SET

$429.00

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Crossrope Get Lean - Weighted Jump Rope Set

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Take these workouts with you no matter where you travel. Each app offers a particular specialty thatll keep you moving and getting stronger.

Best For Run Workouts

Nike Run Club

Let coaches and athletes lead you through intervals and tempo runs, and motivate you to work. (Free; iOS and Google Play)

Best for Strength Training

Peloton

Challenging moves, inspiring trainers, tons of varietyyou get it all. ($13/month; iOS and Google Play)

Best for Persoanl Training

FlexIt

Virtual personal training, right at your fingertips. ($40/30-minute session; iOS and Google Play)

Best for HIIT

WOD Generator

Endless options for bodyweight HIIT workouts, like AMRAPs and Tabatas. (Free; iOS and Google Play)

Best for Pilates and Yoga

Alo Moves

A mix of low-impact workouts in scenic locations with well-known instructors. ($20/month; iOS and Google Play)

Best for Meditation

Calm

Choose sleep stories, soundscapes, full programs, and more to relieve stress and rest right. ($70/year; iOS and Google Play)

Best for a Mix of Everything

Apple Fitness+

Meditation, yoga, strength, cardio, and beyond from a stellar class of trainers. ($10/month; iOS)

Turn your home gym into a full-blown fitness studio with equipment that provides both the gear and the instructor-led workout. These machines not only help you build strength and endurance through weight training and HIIT, but also offer up plenty of cross-training options, from yoga to Pilates. Find the one that fits your fitness level, your favorite workout style, and your budget.

When youre first starting out with weight training or looking to hit some PRs, its tough to know what weights to use. But Tonal makes it easyand more fun. Once you get the machine installed at home, youll go through a weight test that includes four exercises: seated lat pull down, seated overhead press, bench press, and neutral grip deadlift. This scores your upper-body strength, core, and lower-body strength based on how fast you move through the exercises, your range of motion and power output, and where you struggle. This test also determines the starting weight for moves across the platform.

Besides helping you get started with weight training, Tonal can also take your current training to the next level, thanks to smart features like eccentric mode, which adds more weight to the lengthening phase of a move. The device also has sports-based weeks-long programs, designed to help athletes like runners train for better performance. You can also choose one-off workouts aimed at improving your strength, endurance, power, or mobility on the run.

In addition to programs and on-demand workouts, Tonal also has live classes scheduled a few times throughout the day. Pick the type that motivates you most, or switch it up depending on how you feel that day. If you already started a program but want something new, the system also suggests workouts that complement what youre doing. ($2,995 plus an additional $495 for the smart accessories, including the handles, bar, rope, bench, roller, and mat; $49/month for Tonal membership)

Mirror incorporates personalization into its platform by offering up a weekly program based on your individual goals and preferences. In addition to live and on-demand classes, you also have the option to book a virtual personal training session ($40/session), which allows for two-way audio and video with a trainer who can then offer feedback on form and also feed you words of motivation to push you through your workout.

If competition drives you, Mirror also has a feature in which you earn points for hitting certain target heart rate zones. Aim to beat other Mirror members numbers or simply try to beat your own. This past fall, Mirror also introduced Mirror Weightsincluding dumbbells and ankle weightswhich pair with the device to count reps, offer up form corrections, and recommend the amount of weight to lift for each exercise. ($1,495 for the device, $50+ for the weights; $39/month for digital Mirror membership)

With the Vault, which links up with the iFIT-connected fitness platform, you get access to hundreds of instructor-led classes in disciplines like strength training, stretching, yoga, Pilates, and boxing.

If you prefer more structure to your weekly workout schedule rather than picking a different workout each day, the Vault and iFIT offer programs to follow day-by-day and week-by-week. From Strength Training 101 and Yoga for Beginners to Next-Level Strength Training and the Advanced HIIT Training Series, you get a full schedule tailored to your fitness level. That means you can also see your progress throughout the program and how far youve come by the time you complete that last workout.

While you dont get direct feedback on form like you will with Tempo or Mirror, you still see the instructor demonstrating moves on theVault, so you have a guide to mimic. ($1,999 for the device without gear; $2,999 for the device plus dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and a mat; $39/month for iFIT membership)

You can still buy the Tempo Studio device, which includes a video screen, stand, and dumbbells ($2,495), but the Move is a much more wallet-friendly option. Opt for this digital home gym if youre searching for the smart training guidance that this type of gear provides, but without the high price tag.

With the Tempo Move, you get dumbbells (with a much smaller, portable stand to store them) and a plug for your iPhone XS/XR (or higher)all for under $500. Instead of using the Tempo Studio camera, the Move system utilizes the camera from your phone and then connects to your TV for a bigger display. Together with the smart weights, the Tempo Move offers feedback on form, counts your reps, and gives advice on whether you should go up or down in weight, depending on your pace through each lift. By pairing with the app, you also have access to tons of workouts to follow, so youre never lost on how to continue progressing your workouts. ($495 for device; $39/month for Tempo membership)

If youve already got the original Hypervolt at home, this newer model might not warrant splurging for an upgrade just yet. Still, this update brings subtle yet important tweaks. Hyperice reshaped the handleits no longer cylindricaland added a series of ridges along the neck. Combined with the lighter weight, we found that this makes for a more comfortable grip during extended sessions on tricky spots like your hamstrings.

Youll be able to squeeze about 60 more minutes of juice from the battery and also get a deeper massage from the longer stroke length. (The top speed now maxes out at a lower rpm, but the overall experience is punchier, since the head extends farther out from the device with each oscillation.)

The very best parts of the Hypervolt havent changed. The second version still has three speeds powered by a whisper-quiet 60-watt motor, plus five interchangeable head attachments, and it pairs fast with a smartphone. For in-depth guided recovery sessions designed by experts, pair the device with Hyperices app and follow along to personalized routinesitll even automatically adjust the speed as you go. ($299)

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Nano X1 Pursuit Men's Training Shoes

The lightest version of the Nano, the Pursuit makes for a stable service underfoot while youre strength training, and it has plenty of room in the toe box so you can plant your feet or push off when you need to. The shoe also has enough flexibility for moves like box jumps or adding in sprint intervals. Keep in mind the shoe is sized for unisex, listed under mens on the site. ($150)

Best Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Charge 5

$169.89

The Charge blurs the line between running watch and fitness trackerand thats a good thing for those ofus who are just as interested in our weekly running mileage as our daily step count. Our favorite features in the fifth version include the built-in GPS (a must-have for most runners), a VO2 max estimator (though Fitbit calls it your Cardio Fitness Level), and an all-new Readiness Score to assess workout recovery. Plus, its still jam-packed with the goodies youve come to expect from Fitbit, like in-depth sleep tracking and contactless pay, plus a few extras usually reserved for higher-end smartwatches, like an ECG scanner. The battery life wont compete with the Garmins and Suuntos of the world, but the Charge delivers a truly impressive mix of powerful smartwatch, running watch, and fitness tracker features all rolled into one stylish slim band.

Best Smartwatch

Apple Watch Series 7

Certain Apple updates just hit differently when youre a runnertake iOS 10s addition of the new lady jogger emoji, for example. Runner-friendly changes we dig in the Series 7: the bigger, brighter screen, which makes it easier to check pace and mile splits, and a full QWERTY keyboardyes, all emojis includedto text your crew the deets on the group run meetup. The screens front crystal is twice as thick as that of the Series 6, so itll better withstand bumps and scrapes in the gym. Youll still need to plug it in for a charge on a daily basis, but the battery now goes from zero to 100 percent in just 75 minutes.

Best GPS Watch

COROS PACE 2

The Pace isnt Coross newest offering, but its one of the best values weve seen to date in a running watch. Its currently the only timepiece on the planet with a 30-hour battery and built-in power meter that costs under $200 and weighs just over one ounce. A favorite feature is the digital dial that lets you scroll through the menus easily with gloved hands or sweaty fingers. If it looks familiar, you might have seenit on Eliud Kipchoges wrist when hewon marathon gold at the 2020 TokyoOlympics.

Best for Tracking Recovery

Whoop Strap 4.0

Two main ingredients are necessary for becoming a better runner: putting in hard, meaningful training efforts, followed by real recuperation. Thats why we like Whoop. This membership platform distills the complexities of training into two simple, easy-to-understand scoresone for daily strain and one for recovery. Whoops new 4.0 sensor adds an extra three LEDs and three photodiodes to boost accuracy and capture skin temperature and blood oxygen levels. The sensor itself is smaller than the 3.0s, making it easier to slide inside compatible Whoop garments like boxers and sports bras. While the subscription wont appeal to everyone, it can serve as a reminder each month to stay committed to progressand prevent you from ditching the device.

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Best Simple Sleep Tracker

Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

$59.99

As runners, we can get caught up in numbers like pace, splits, and mileage. If adding more digits to your life with a sleep score or daily recovery percentage makes you wary of fitness trackers, check out the Google Nest Hub. Its helped us set healthier wake-up and bedtime routines, without feeling too plugged in. Unlike many trackers, the Hub sits on a bedside table so theres nothing to physically wear on your wrist. Ask Google to read you the weather forecast as you decide your layering strategy for a morning run, and pump in the sounds of chirping crickets or a rainstorm to help you wind down at night. Once you drift off, itll track your sleep by sensing noise and movement. But rather than curating an in-depth analysis of your hours spent in REM vs. deep sleep, the Hub just tracks your total snooze time and how restfully you slept. Take note that its designed to track one person at a time, so it may accidentally catch a pup snoring on your pillow, or your partner stealing the blankets.

Sydney Cummings YouTube Channel

NASM-certified trainer Sydney Cummings has tons of workouts that build strength in your upper body, lower body, and coreor everything at one time. Shell encourage you to pick up the heavy weights to get it done, but also give modifications for those who need em.

Each workout varies in length and intensity, often following circuit-style training, but Cummings always serves up what we want: upbeat motivation, creative exercises, tons of variety, and smart programming. And thats why we love her.

She often has programs that stretch through the month, but you can easily mix and match workouts on her channel, choosing whatever fits your schedule and helps you meet your goals. Challenge yourself to a cardio interval class or follow her through weight trainingeither way, youll finish sweaty and proud. (Free)

Yoga With Adrienne YouTube Channel

Adriene Mishlers voice brings instant calm when you press play on any of her sessions. And by the time youre done with her full flow, your body will feel like it finally got the self-care it needs.

In addition to offering yoga sessions that just feel good, Mishler offers tons of options, with classes ranging from under 10 minutes to over 40 minutes. You can opt for a 30-day yoga challenge (she has several of those to help you create a consistent practice), or go for single sessions with a focus on mental improvements like stress relief, forgiveness, or grounding. The best part: She also has plenty of sequences curated specifically for runners, whether you want to stretch it out before you hit the road or after. (Free)

Prehab Guys YouTube Channel

Every clinician curating workouts for the Prehab Guys has a doctorate in physical therapy and a certification in strength and conditioning. In other words, they know how the human body works and what exercises you need to be a stronger, faster runner while sidestepping injury along the way. Runners will definitely enjoy videos like the best warmup for athletes (and runners, specifically), the best exercises for runners to boost performance, how to deal with toe pain, plantar fasciitis pain relief, and exercises for piriformis syndrome (a.k.a. that literal pain in the butt). Press play to avoid aches when you feel them coming on, or when you just want some fitness knowledge. (Free)

Think of carbs as the first fuel choice, says Megan Robinson, RD, a sports dietitian and RRCA-certified run coach who suggests easily digestible options. This helps prevent your muscles from fatigue, as they run on glycogen, she says. Robinson also recommends cutting back on fiber the day before a long run or big race and eating about two to three hours before you start running. If you have more time to digest, go for a meal with a little fat and protein, too. But if youre running against the clock, focus on a smaller meal made of mostly carbs, or even just an electrolyte drink. You can also opt for something with a hit of caffeine. Granola bars will do, but here are a few upgraded grab-and-go options we love:

VERB ENERGY BAR for a quick hit of caffeine (it has as much as an espresso) and calories to perk you up right before a run (From $20 for 12 bars)

MUSH READY-TO-EAT OATS, made with whole ingredients and plenty of flavor options, and stored in a convenient package (From $39 for 6 servings)

CLEAN ENERGY SMOOTHIE, blended with a mix of fruits, veggies, and flaxseeds to give you important vitamins, minerals, and calories ($24 for 8 pouches)

MAURTEN DRINK MIX 320 for an easy-to-digest dose of carbs with a side of extra hydration and nutrients ($48 for 14 servings)

When youre running for more than 90 minutes, you need nutrition, so start fueling around the 30- or 45-minute mark, says Lindsey Elizabeth Cortes, RD, a sports dietitian and the owner of Rise Up Nutrition. Aim for about 30 to 60 grams of carbs per hour, she recommends, and try to take it in slowly. The products that will work for you midrun depend on your flavor preferences and what your body can handle while youre running, so its smart to test out a few options. If you feel like you cant eat on a run, try something and be patient with your GI system as you train it, Cortes says.

Some tried-and-true options many runners turn to include Clif Bloks, Nuun Sport electrolyte tablets, Honey Stinger chews or waffles, GU Energy Gels, and SkratchLabs drink mixes. But if you have a sensitive stomachor youre going the distance in an ultrayoull want to look for some other options. Our favorites:

SPRING ENERGY GEL for those who want real, easy-on-the-gut ingredients or those going for more than four hours and also need a hit of protein and fat ($8 for 2 packets)

UCAN EDGE FUEL TO GO for slower-acting carbs that are easier to digest and keep blood sugar stable ($33 for 12 packets)

UNTAPPED ATHLETIC FUEL made of pure maple syrup, with the option for extra sodium, plus raspberry or cocoa flavors ($10 for 5 packets)

Aim to get in both carbs and protein to refuel your muscles and help build them back up after a run. Robinson suggests grabbing a snack with a 3:1 carb-to-protein ratio (or as close to that as you can get) and having it within about 30 minutes of your finish. A glass of chocolate milk will do, but so will these delicious bars, all made of wholesome ingredients:

KATES REAL FOOD BAR for simple, tasty, organic ingredients ($30 for 12 bars)

PICKY BAR, featuring a mix of flavors and lots of nutrients ($28 for 10 bars)

KIND ENERGY BAR, which hits that ideal 3:1 carb-to-protein ratio ($14 for 12 bars)

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Jan 3

New Year’s Resolutions: How to Make a Better Fitness Resolution – GQ

Training and eating for aesthetics have also been the route to success for professional wrestler and fitness coach EC3, who has the kind of Herculean physique rarely seen outside of comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. His Project Narrative workout app advocates for total personal ownership over your day-to-day habits, using nutrition and exercise as an extension of creating your ideal life. Its led to some of the most impressive body transformations for people in his industry.

You always have time to do the work, its just how you choose to use that time. Maybe thats waking up an hour earlier or going to bed an hour later. Maybe its putting off certain types of foods for other foods. But youre going to get what you put into it for the time you put into it, he said.

Im a psycho loner to get the results I have. It takes a lot. But the people Ive seen get the best results have used time management and accountability to get there, without neglecting whats most important to them. Whether its family or work. That is what impresses me the most.

I have tried and failed rapid transformation programs on at least a dozen occasions. It can feel sort of embarrassing. As a wellness writer, I have more information and resources than the average person. I set my own hours and live alone. Objectively, I am in a better position to achieve my fitness goals than almost anyone else out there. But despite having a heavy deadlift and respectable bench, abs have remained my white whale.

In the past, December meant planning something extreme to kickstart another attempt at a washboard stomach, worrying that any results less than a six-pack and plummeting scale number somehow marked a weakness in character. This year Ive been trying to reshape that mentality while I create my next programs.

With proper planning and realistic expectations, suffering is completely unnecessary to achieving fitness goals. In fact, for most people, suffering is actually going to stop you from getting the results you want at all. Geoff Girvitz, a personal trainer and host of The Dad Strength podcast, advocates for choosing a program that is sustainable and appropriate for your experience. Even still, exercise is only one component of the whole process.

"If someone hasnt jogged around the block before we wouldnt ask them to run a marathon on their first try. Many celebrity fitness programs or fitness challenges arent designed for a persons capabilities or experience. When they dont find success with those programs they think its a moral failing. But they werent setting themselves up for success in the first place, said Girvitz. When starting out, ask what are the easy wins you can accomplish inside and outside the gym. Master those first before putting things on hard mode.

So keep it simple. Any program which puts you at a caloric deficit and ups your movement is going to work for weight loss, at least in the short term, but there's still so much we don't understand about losing weight. But you know what we do know? A moderate amounts of exercise is linked overwhelmingly to better overall health. It will improve your moods. It literally makes you live longer. If you could put it in a pill and prescribe it, we'd all be taking it.

All it takes is consistently follow an exercise and nutrition plan youll actually do. (Even better if its something youll enjoy doing.) So follow whatever seems fun and exciting: maybe that's Couch to 5k or Starting Strength. Maybe there's a run club near you, or a weekly class at your gym. Casey Johnston's new Liftoff plan looks great. Whatever it is, find a way to make it sustainable: In the big picture, consistency is so much more important than any crash diet or heroic three-month stretch.

Pushing people on the idea of consistent training and diet, forever, is a harder sell than promising a six-pack in sixty days, but its a better plan than betting it all on some kind of quick fix. There is no reason to let ideas of perfection stop you from doing something good. This probably won't be the year you get abs. But it could be the year you get in the best shape of your life.

Walking is good for you, obviously. But can it whip you into shape?

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Jan 3

Start 2022 off right with great workout deals from Echelon Fitness – BGR

Most people make the New Years resolution to try and get into better shape. Most people stick with that for a few weeks and then give up. But there are ways to work hard in order to succeed with this. Making achievable goals rather than just saying, I want to lose 30 pounds is a good start. Planning out your health goals and committing to moving more and doing more cardio makes a lot of sense. Echelon Fitness has plenty of equipment that can help you reach the gains you want.

Echelon Fitness has workout equipment for all kinds of people looking to exercise. With reasonable pricing and plenty of availability, you can find an option thats right for you. As 2022 approaches, there are great deals and products offered by Echelon Fitness that you need to know about. Here are some of the best, starting with the latest exercise bike.

Starting in 2022, the Echelon EX-8S will be available to customers and it is sure to impress. This is a stationary bike but also so much more. It is a first-of-its-kind connected bike with an immersive curved 24 touchscreen display. The flywheels illuminate, so it gives you the ability to turn your home into a spin studio.

Created by Eric Villency, the same designer who designed the original Peloton and SoulCycle bikes, this gives you an easier way to change the resistance. This is the first bike with resistance buttons in the handlebars (patent-pending), so you dont have to reach down to the knob while youre in standing up and pedaling. This features a solid platform that moves minimally, so the bike wont shake as youre cycling.

Youll be able to enjoy live and on-demand classes with a wide variety of difficulties and music choices. There are 32 levels of motorized magnetic resistance, a USB charging port, mounted dumbbell and water bottle holders, and pedals. The screen can be rotated 180 for extended workouts off the bike. This is available to pre-order right now on sale for $1,999, which includes shipping and white glove delivery. That deal is only good through Jan. 15, 2022. You will need a membership that costs $34.99 per month to use this.

While the EX-8S is the newest option when it comes to exercise bikes, there are plenty of other options Echelon has to offer for more workout equipment. The Stride-5S is also currently on sale, allowing you to set up a treadmill in your home. This is a premium connected treadmill with an impact-absorbing running deck and steel frame. It is made to withstand high-impact use and it accommodates a variety of running styles.

The 24 HD touchscreen is simple to utilize and you can set your speed and incline settings from it or the handlebar. One of the best parts about this treadmill is that its easy to fold up and store. You can follow your performance stats in real-time and track your health metrics with integrated heart rate sensors. This is 22% off right now. Get it for just $1,950.21.

More cardio and strengthening exercises are available with the Echelon Row-S Connected Rowing Machine. This offers a low-impact, total body workout that targets 85% of your muscles. There are engaging rowing classes that you can take, as well as scenic waterway workouts with destinations around the world. You can adjust the resistance from the handlebars, letting you customize your workout more easily. The 22 touchscreen flips 180 for more workouts. With 32 levels of resistance and a wide range of licensed music, this is a great rowing machine for you. Its also 22% off, selling for only $1,247.01.

You can also choose the Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror. This is an update on the original Reflect mirror, as the touchscreen display is now 50. Get access to over 2,000 studio-quality fitness classes on the mirrored surface that allows members to view their form while following the instructor. HIIT, Core, Yoga, Pilates, and other class types are available. You can install this on your wall or with a stand thats sold separately. Get it for only $1,170 while its on sale.

Echelon Fitness is growing its global presence with studios in the US, France, Germany, South America, and the UK. The ability to get Echelon products is simple, as they are sold at Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, Dicks, and more. There is exclusive content from partners like Pitbull, Old Dominion, Disney, and Warner Brothers, allowing you to vary up your workouts.

There is a wide range of products available in different price ranges, so you can find options that fit your budget. Also, with a monthly membership ($34.99/month), anyone can enjoy the exciting classes and content to use with your equipment. There are new fitness Programs and Challenges to target specific member goals. The multimedia experience with music videos, musical performances, artist spotlights, and more makes you feel like youre in a club or studio while youre in the comfort of your home.

Choosing between exercise classes, guided meditations, prenatal classes, outdoor run sessions, boxing, circuit training, cardio dance, Zumba party rides, and more are just some of what Echelon Fitness is offering in 2022. Now is a great time to focus on your fitness. Echelon Fitness can aid you in that.

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Jan 3

County Commission considering beer and wine tours, other zoning changes – The Missourian

In a series of public hearings, Franklin County commissioners discussed including brewery and winery tours in the county zoning code.

They also looked at rules for temporary storage in the unincorporated county.

Commissioners were acting on recommendations from the countys planning and zoning commission. Final decisions are expected in several weeks.

No one from the public spoke on any of the countys proposals at the hearings.

Educational use for profit

The county is considering adding an educational use for profit land use classification. County Planning Director Scottie Eagan said this involves the use of buildings or land for group programs such as exercise classes, wine education and arts instruction.

Businesses designated educational use for profit would fall under multiple zoning designations, including W, which covers churches, convenience stores and parks and B, which includes larger mixed-use facilities like subdivisions, hospitals and hotels.

The changes would add tours at wineries, breweries and distilleries as an accessory use, Eagan said. Were getting more and more calls from these smaller microbreweries and wineries that we have in the county that want to give tours, and we never had a classification for it, she said. So we added that.

Animal training

While the countys planning commission unanimously recommended the measure, they questioned why the educational use for profit change does not specify animal training classes, Eagan said.

Second District Commissioner Dave Hinson asked if there is a specific classification for Purina Farms, which does pet training near Gray Summit.

Eagan said Purina Farms was classified under sales of service, which is only allowed in more commercial districts.

Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said he didnt see a need to change the new policy. Because, typically, if you have animal education, be it obedience or training, that lends itself to boarding/kennel type things, he said. If someones going to educate/keep the dog or cat or whatever animal, people are going to bring those animals to train and leave the animal.

Temporary mobile storage

The planning and zoning department, which works with the planning and zoning commission, also is proposing changes on temporary mobile storage. The changes would allow for temporary mobile storage up to a year in rail cars, cargo containers and semi-trailers if someone has a valid building permit.

The county currently lacks a policy on temporary storage, Eagan said.

The proposal would allow one container per lot of land.

Hinson said he knows of at least six farms in the county that store hay and straw in semi-trailers.

You like to store it off the ground, he said. Theyve probably been sitting there 20-plus years. What do you do about that?

Eagan said those trailers are technically already in violation, but, because code enforcement is complaint-driven, officials wont know about a potential problem until its reported.

The countys current plan calls for all existing temporary storage structures to be given a year before they would be in violation again, Eagan said.

Brinker suggested creating an exception for agriculture uses.

Eagan said most mobile storage complaints the county receives are on smaller lots in dense areas, while Hinson said the farms have 100 acres or more.

Somehow, weve got to be able to work that out, he said.

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Jan 3

‘Tony Dancer’ rings in 2022 with Bath’s historic Paul Revere bell – pressherald.com

Antionio Garreton, known locally as Tony Dancer, rang in the new year in Bath by ringing the citys centuries-old Paul Revere bell at noon on New Years Eve.

Standing atop city hall looking down on downtown Bath, Garreton said he never thought hed be recognized as Baths 2021 Citizen of the Year when he moved to Maine, but Bath has proved to be one of the most welcoming places he has ever lived.

After living in New York and Washington DC, moving to Bath was a very radical and strong change, said Garreton. Looking around and not seeing another person of my race or culture was shocking in my mind. Eighteen years ago, I thought I would be unable to live here being Afro-Latino and gay, but it was not like that.

Garreton spoke to his family in Peru over the citys livestream on Facebook Live before pulling the rope that made the centuries-old bell toll. Garreton said he counted in Spanish as he made the bell chime 12 times to mark the hour, because its the language of my heart.

With every toll of the bell, Garreton said he made a wish that his community will continue getting along and building our community stronger, not to regret 2021, and instead to be grateful for surviving it, and learn if we had any bad experience, to make 2022 better.

Garreton was born and raised in Peru and moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. Garreton made a name for himself in Bath when he opened Tony Dance Fiesta, a dance studio on Centre Street in Bath, where he offers dance and Zumba exercise classes. He used his classes as a way to share his culture and inspire his students to love themselves as they are, but Garreton began volunteering and organizing fundraisers after a student took their own life in 2015.

In the new year, Garreton said he wants to continue working with the Midcoast Youth Center in Bath, which provides a host of resources, free of charge, such as after-school programs, adult mentors, homework clubs, snacks and hot meals, and clothing and school supplies if needed. The nonprofit also connects students in need with any resources outside the center, such as healthcare, mental health support or substance use treatment.

Previously, Garreton gathering school supplies for the Midcoast Youth Centers Set for Success event by holding dance classes and asking participants to bring school supplies to donate to the event in lieu of payment.

Garreton also organized a grocery drive and cooked meals to bring to elderly Bath resident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though residents were discouraged from gathering below city hall or carol when the bell tolled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, Bath Marketing Communications Specialist Lindsey Goudreau said the city was still determined to continue the tradition of ringing the citys Paul Revere bell at noon on New Years Eve to add a sense of normalcy in the community.

This is an event that not only celebrates this historical piece of Bath, but it also celebrates this tradition of selecting a citizen of the year and the good they do for the community and giving them an opportunity to do something special, said Goudreau.

Baths Paul Revere bell was cast over 200 years ago and is one of four Paul Revere bells in the state. Though Reveres family-run metalworking business cast nearly 400 bells, Baths was created during Reveres lifetime.

Baths bell was ordered by the old North Meetinghouse congregation, according to Jack Martin, a reference librarian in the Patten Free Librarys Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room. The bell was hung in the spire of North Church, the citys meeting house on the corner of High and Centre streets in 1803.

Over time, the bell bounced around various churches in Bath, but the city finally bought it in 1928 and it was moved to the belfry of city hall where it sits today, according to Martin. Now, the bell is only rung on New Years Eve by the Bath Citizen of the Year.

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Jan 3

Get ahead of winter inactivity with an inspired home workout space – Jersey’s Best

A year and a half after transitioning to a remote or hybrid workplace, many of us have mastered the stay-at-home lifestyle. As far as compensating for the physical activity that gets lost in acommutelesslandscape goes, the work-from-homeforce tends to fall into two camps: P90Xing off the walls or rolling from bed to desk every day.

If you fall into the latter camp and still havent managed to make peace with going to the gym in a pandemic, the good news is making your own at-home space is simple.(Finding the willpower to use it, however, is sold separately.) Creating a gym space in your home can be manageable and tailored to your unique needs if you incorporate elements to inspire activity, not just house it.

Figure Out Your Needs and Goals

Theres no blanket solution to making your lifestyle more active. Age, weight, medical conditions and schedules all complicate the best laid plans. If the first thing you do isnt setting an intention to adopt something you can do roughly 150 minutes a week, you may just become one of those people with a lot of weights collecting dust under the bed.

For able-bodied people who sit in front of a computer for hours a day, a routine ofhigh-intensity interval training (HIIT)for 15-45 minutes at least three times a week might be enough. Someone who needs accommodations due to injury or disability might benefit more frompilates, yoga and vigorous walking. More activity-driven at-home exercisers might find they need dance fitness or virtual group classes.

Whatever your speed, figure out whats best for your life and body,and incorporate it into your schedule with a goal of gradually reaching the World Health Organization-recommended 2.5 hours a week.

Fitness artist Walter Kemp advisedcreating a strong support system before working toward your fitness goals.

The most important thing before starting any wellness journey is being mentally prepared, he said. Have people who support your goals. If youre home and you have kids, get the kids involved. Get your spouse involved. Make it fun, it should not be miserable, and if that means including family, thats what you should do.

Universal Must-Haves

Regardless of what you calculate in terms of needs and ability, there are a few pieces of equipment that everyone should keep handy: a fitness mat, dumbbells and resistance bands.

We recommendanadjustable dumbbell set for anyone short on space but long on motivation.A good mat is arguably the most important piece of equipment because no matter what youre doing, youll almost always use one. Top it off with resistance bands, or any bands you prefer, and youre on your way to health at home.

Optional: Kemp saidthat looking good is feeling good and encourages finding workout clothes that you look forward to wearing.

Maximizing Your Space

Theres no getting around the fact that,for many people, at-home exercise is an activity relegated to basements or wedged into the corners of small apartments. That doesnt have to mean you cant turn your designated workout space into one that invites you in rather than demands your time.

Kemps top tip to getting your space set up is declutter, declutter, declutter. That might mean incorporating itemsfromyour home into your routine, like coffee tables, chairs and gallon jugs. Kemp co-created a method called Casa that takes this exact approach and encourages his clients to get creative.

Its fun when you use the things you have around your house to create a workout, like, lets see what I can do with this chair. Ive used a coffee table to do incline pushups, decline pushups, Kemp said.

If your workout space is a living room, bedroom or office most of the time, consideratiered rolling cart that can store all your essentials. You can also make your space appear larger while checking out your form witha homegymmirrorwe recommendatile workout mirror for spaces used mostly for exercise.

Get With the Program

The biggest hurdle youll face in starting a new fitness program is sticking to it, so you may want to invest in virtual classes or pre-recorded videos to keep you on track.

If you dont have a TV in your workout space, device stands can prop up your phone or tablet.When picking programs,ObFitness, where you can take classes with Kemp and other instructors in a plethora of strength and cardio classes, dominates the market. Its $199 for the annual plan, $19 per month or $65 every quarter, and youll have options ranging from dance HIIT to miniaturetrampoline class to yoga andpilates.

There are also tons of free options on YouTube, like POPSUGAR Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, Tracy Anderson and 305 Fitness. Whatever you choose, just make sure its something you enjoy.

M.E. Lewis is a Jersey tomato currently growing on a Brooklyn vine. She has covered South Jersey, Union County and Newark and spent a copious amount of time uncovering all things weird and cool about her home state.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Jerseys Best. Subscribeherefor in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

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Jan 3

WW failed to cash in on the diet craze in 2021 – New York Post

As Oprah Winfrey mulls her New Years resolutions for 2022, WW International might have one to suggest: Sell more diet plans.

The company formerly known as Weight Watchers saw its sales and membership shrink in 2021 despite a forecast for growth from chief executive Mindy Grossman last spring. While WW blamed the flop on consumer habits during the pandemic, industry experts noted that Winfrey was remarkably quiet during the slide.

Now, as WW enters its peak selling season, the Big Apple-based company is pinning its hopes on a revamped diet program and a boost from Winfrey, its lead pitchwoman, who is also an investor and board member at the company.

The 58 year-old firm, which offers a subscription- and point-based program and sells packaged foods, shed customers last year despite the fact that people packed on extra pounds during the pandemic and CEO Grossman was quick to deflect blame.

People wanted to focus more on their enjoyment than immediately going into a weight-loss program, particularly in the summer months, Grossman insisted on an August earnings call when it was clear that WWs hot streak was over.

Another explanation for the summer doldrums: Winfrey had stopped her seasonal shilling for WW last May. Its a far cry from her early days with Weight Watchers in 2015, when she took a 10 percent stake, scooping up 6.4 million shares at $6.79 apiece and sending them soaring each time she dished about her weight loss online.

Its not the first time that Winfrey has gone silent while the company flailed. The media mogul has a marketing contract with the company until 2023 and has agreed to serve as an adviser through May 2025. Her stake in WW, however, has lately shrunk to just 2 percent, according to securities filings.

She has the capability to help the business, Michael Stone, chairman of the Beanstalk Group, told The Post.

But Winfrey likely took a step back from publicly shilling for WW beyond the companys peak recruitment period, Stone said, over concerns about the credibility of her own brand.

She has to be careful not to commercialize herself too much, according to Stone.

Reps for Winfrey didnt respond to requests for comment.

Celebrity endorsements have long been key for WW. In recent years, it variously has tapped DJ Khaled, Robbie Williams, Kate Hudson and Sarah Ferguson to pitch its diet programs. Late Show host James Corden, who became a brand ambassador in 2021, has said he lost 35 pounds after six months with WW.

But three months into his contract, Corden in April admitted on Instagram he was confused by WWs SmartPoints system for keeping track of food intake and exercise.

All the time Im thinking about points, how many points is that, scanning points. Im under points, over points. Ive got my free points and Ive realized that I dont know what a point is, Corden said in an Instagram video.

2021 was the first time in many years that WW is expected to have ended a year with fewer members, DA Davidson analyst Linda Bolton Weiser told The Post. Subscribers were down 4.3%, to 4.5 million, in the quarter ended Oct. 2. Revenues were down 8.5%, to $293.5 million, although profits rose on cost cutting.

Meanwhile, WWs competitors have expanded rapidly. Baltimore-based Medifast, which sells pre-packaged powders and bars combined with personal coaching advice, reported a 52% spike in sales in the third quarter to $413 million. Nutrisystem, a privately held company that sells pre-packaged meals and snacks, is also growing healthily according to Bolton Weiser.

Other privately held diet companies, including Atkins Nutritionals and SlimFast are having a banner year Goldman Sachs analyst, Jason English, said on a WW earnings call this summer, even as he questioned WWs explanation for its slowing growth.

English, for his part, said in August that WWs bigger challenge is not getting consumers focused on losing weight. Its getting them focused on paying for a subscription-based service to lose weight.

Winfrey will reemerge in ads this month on TV and online, when WW ramps up a new marketing push that assigns new point values to foods and activities like dog walking which counts as exercise now and eating non-starchy veggies which allows dieters to raise their point caps.

Oprah and James will be amplifying the new program, highlighting what makes WW different, Grossman said in a November statement, and motivating others to join WW and commit to their health and well-being to weight loss.

But WW is also among the few diet companies with the exception of Jenny Craig that has grappled with money-losing real estate. The company has slashed its chain of WW Studios in-person meeting venues that became an albatross during the pandemic to 450 locations from 800, saying it will rely instead on renting out churches and community centers.

WW has had to more swiftly pivot to a digital model where clients meet up online in groups, but those subscriptions generate half the sales as the in-person memberships, according to analysts.

After its growth came to a screeching halt just two weeks into the second quarter, WW dialed back its marketing investment sometime in the third quarter, the company said on earnings calls, to ensure that it had enough powder in December to push its new program.

The dramatic miscalculation cost 64-year-old Grossman her job of nearly five years and tanked the companys stock, which is down 30 percent over the past 12 months.

Given the poor recent financial and stock performance, Grossmans exit was not totally unexpected, Bolton Weiser said in a research note.

Grossman, a respected retail veteran who hailed from the Home Shopping Network, said in October that she will step down in early 2022 and help the company find a successor.

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Jan 3

The Benefits of Using Technology for Senior Care What You Should Know – The Future of Things

As the population grows, so does the number of seniors in need of assistance. The simple act of getting out of bed or walking across the room can be difficult for those recovering from surgery or dealing with dementia.

While in previous years, looking for longterm care eligibility for your loved ones was the only viable option. These days, technology has made it easier for seniors to maintain their independence and stay active in their homes. This blog will discuss how technology can help seniors live independently during their golden years.

Technology has changed the way we live by making our lives easier. From the newest iPhone to a smart home, technology is changing how seniors can maintain independence and stay active at home. There are currently many options for senior care, but what will make your seniors life more accessible than any other option?

A perfect senior care package would enable them to maintain their independence throughout the day. A basic example of this would be an automated door lock or a robot that can help with daily tasks like washing dishes or vacuuming. However, if you need a more customized solution for your senior, plenty of other options are available for you.

You could install a smart home system with voice control, so they dont have to get up from bed to operate lights and appliances. You could also add safety features like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that allow them to relax without worrying about their health. Finally, make sure your senior has access to high-speed Wi-Fi so they can keep up with family and friends easily through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Technology is a lifeline for seniors. It has provided them with the opportunity to continue living independently in their homes, even after being diagnosed with dementia or surgery. Technology has also given seniors the ability to stay in touch and be active with friends and family, which is especially important during those difficult moments when they need support.

We are living longer and becoming more reliant on technology to stay connected. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of people 65 years old or older is projected to increase by 24 percent by 2030. This means the demand for technology will only increase.

One of the many ways technology has helped seniors is by making it easier to maintain independence. Technology allows seniors to stay active in their homes without worrying about physical limitations. An easy-to-use automated walker can help a senior safely cross their room, while a smartphone can be used as an alarm system and even as a watch if needed.

The possibilities are endless with this age group, which is why its so important to adopt technology into your home.

Technology makes it easier for seniors to live independently and maintain their independence. Many seniors find it challenging to keep up with the speed of life these days as they age. Technology has played a massive role in staying active in a fast-paced society.

Communication is one fundamental way technology can assist seniors during their golden years.

People need to have a safe and reliable means of communication when theyre out and about during their day-to-day lives: For example, if someone needs assistance walking across the street or at home, you want them to be able to reach you easily and quickly. Technology can help seniors stay connected with family and friends by creating apps like FaceTime or Skype that are easy to use and simple to use consistently.

As the population ages, the number of seniors needing assistance is expected to grow. While many people believe that elderly people are frail and immobile, this isnt so. Seniors physical activity levels are on par with their younger counterparts.

Being active can decrease with age due to several factors, such as injuries or medications. Technology has helped seniors maintain their independence and stay active in their homes by providing a range of exercise options and rehabilitation programs.

Seniors need to keep up with regular exercise routines to stay physically fit. Its also essential for them to target specific muscle groups when exercising. That way, they can work out those muscles without overstimulating other parts of the body.

Technology has also made it possible for patients recovering from surgery or dealing with dementia to take part in rehabilitation programs on their own time framewithout having to leave home. This technology allows patients to use features like automated voice prompts to complete specific exercises at home without any additional help from others.

Staying active during a seniors golden years is important for living independently and staying healthy. Technology makes it easier for seniors to maintain their independence and remain active in their homes. One method that can help seniors live independently is by using a virtual coach.

A virtual coach can help seniors stay motivated because they can see their progress through the video feed on their tablet or smartphone screen. They can also communicate with their coach through text messages, audio recordings, or even video chat.

These tools allow the seniors to exercise on their own terms. If they have enough energy and motivation, they can work out at home throughout the day. If they need assistance, they can ask for it with minimal impact on daily life. The benefits of this type of technology are endless from increased motivation to improved health outcomes but the decision for how much technology you want your elderly loved one to use is yours alone.

One of the most significant ways technology can help seniors is through virtual trainers. These programs offer a way for seniors to stay active and not have to rely on others for assistance.

Seniors can do activities with a virtual trainer, including walking, running, tennis, and golf. These activities provide an opportunity for seniors to get out of their homes or apartment without having to worry about traffic or crowds.

Virtual trainers are also suitable for those who want a more intense workout than what they can do on their own. Some programs even allow participants to compete against each other as they track their progress in real-time. This is an excellent way for seniors to work on specific skills and improve their scores.

Physical activity has always been important to seniors, but the ability to maintain physical independence while staying active is more important than ever. Technology can help seniors remain physically active in their homes. One of the ways technology allows seniors is through virtual reality fitness.

Virtual reality uses head-mounted displays, such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR, to immerse users into a digital world thats interactive like real life. In a recent study, 88 percent of participants reported increased motivation and interest in exercising after using the technology for two weeks.

Virtual reality also provides a sense of presence that makes it difficult for users to distinguish between real and virtual. This allows for more immersive experiences with exercise routinesbecause when youre immersed in an experience, your brain starts producing more dopamine, which leads to improved moods and motivation levels.

Technology has been an excellent tool for seniors in their golden years. Some apps allow seniors to monitor their home security; there are smart doorbells for alerts when visitors come, and smart lighting systems help seniors stay safe and independent.

Technology can also be helpful for those who need assistance with daily activities like cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more. Assistive technologies like voice-activated assistants can be beneficial for seniors who want help with day-to-day tasks but cant read or write as well.

The problem is that not all assistive technologies are created equally. If youre looking for a way to keep your loved one safe and secure during their nighttime routine, you need an app thats specifically designed to do just that (like Home Security).

Technology has evolved to the point where its possible for seniors to stay active in their homes while theyre recovering from surgery or living with dementia. Technology allows seniors to stay connected, even when they are limited in mobility.

Technology can also help seniors develop life skills and engage them through memory games, trivia contests, and even interactive movies.

Technology has become a lifeline for seniors as it provides them with a way to stay connected with the world. As technology advances at a rapid rate, it is important to keep up with the newest trends and advancements to help seniors stay active and present in the world. Make sure to check out the benefits of different types of technological aids to ensure you get the best support possible for your needs.

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Jan 3

How to Turn Back the Clock on Aging, Say Experts Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

Turning back the biological clock is just the stuff of science fiction, right? Not quite. Recent studies have found that you can literally make yourself younger and increase your lifespan by making certain simple lifestyle choices. You can start doing some right now, right where you are. Read on to find out moreand to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

A study recently published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may reverse the aging of cells and muscles in older people. "Based on everything we know, there's no substitute for these exercise programs when it comes to delaying the aging process," says Sreekumaran Nair, MD, the study's lead author. "These things we are seeing cannot be done by any medicine."

He added: "We encourage everyone to exercise regularly, but the take-home message for aging adults that supervised high-intensity training is probably best, because, both metabolically and at the molecular level, it confers the most benefits."

Danish researchers recently found that regularly playing certain sports could extend your life expectancy by yearsin one case, by nearly a decade. The top contributors to longevity: tennis (9.7 years), badminton (6.2 years), and soccer (4.7 years). The 25-year study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, noted that all three sports are highly socialpotentially reinforcing previous research that's found social isolation and loneliness are associated with chronic illness and a shorter lifespan.

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This summer, researchers at Columbia University published a study that found gray hair really is caused by stressand aging might be paused or even turned back. The scientists observed stressed-out people with graying hair; they found that hair regained its color when the source of stress was removed. "Our data add to a growing body of evidence demonstrating that human aging is not a linear, fixed biological process but may, at least in part, be halted or even temporarily reversed," said Martin Picard, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral medicine.

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And on that note: "People who are in happier, more satisfying relationships live longer," Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, told CNN recently. The study, which has been ongoing for nearly a century, tracks the effect of various life changes on longevity. One major finding: "The most important predictor of who was going to be a healthy, happy octogenarian was how satisfied they were in their relationships," said Waldinger. Experts say you should consider social interaction to be as important to your health as diet and exercise.

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Might be time to reschedule that dentist's appointment you've been avoiding for two years. According to a study published in the journal BMJ Open, people with high levels of dental plaque are 80 percent more likely to die prematurely of cancer than those who have a small amount of plaqueeven after adjusting for other major risk factors. The potential culprit: Bodywide inflammation, which can start in gums irritated by plaque. Cancer isn't the only potential dangerinflammation is so linked with the aging process that it's spurred the nickname "inflammaging." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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Here’s how Northeast Louisiana kids can get active, healthy in 2022 – The News Star

AP photographers reflect on major 2021 stories

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Resolving to get moreactive and engage in healthy exercise in the new year isn't exclusive to adults.

As January rolls around and adults begin their annual gym memberships and diets, children also have an opportunity to take action about their health. In Louisiana, the child obesity rate is one of the highest in the country, according tothe 2016-17 National Survey of Childrens Health. In the state,19.1%of Louisiana children ages 10 to 17 are clinicallyobese. The national childhood obesity average is 15.8%.

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For kids and families looking for opportunities to get active in Northeast Louisiana in 2022, here are a few ideas worth looking into that don't involve just going to the park:

The Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana offers an afterschool program starting up again Jan. 10. Participants in the program get a hot meal Monday through Friday and are able to partake in various activities, including physical recreation, arts and crafts and homework help, according toChief Programming Officer Sabrina Love.

The program takes place from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 500 Evergreen St. in West Monroe. Folks interested in the program can visitbgcofnl.orgto learn more.

Love said spots will still be limited to 100 kids due to the pandemic.

More: More families are enrolling their kids in local sports programs in Monroe, around the U.S.

The Northeast Louisiana Soccer Association begins its spring season around the second week of February, giving families enough time in January to sign up.

The youth recreational league ranges from under age 4 to under age 14. Costs for the league vary between age groups. For Under-4, the cost is $50. All other age groups cost $99 to join.

The season lasts about eight weeks, and teams play six games. Practices last roughly an hour and occur about twice each week. Learn more atbit.ly/3yDlatH.

In West Monroe, The Rec sports center offers several activities fit for the entire family.

The Rec, which costs $2 for each person to enter, has open courts for people to play on and classes to try out. Twice a weekthere's a Zumba class that costs $5.

There are also recreational team sports offered for kids and adults. There is an adult softball league that opens registration in early May, andvolleyball tournamentsbegin in the summer. Later in the year when November rolls around, kids can tryout for basketball. Learn more about monthly deals and other programming atbit.ly/30AzAhA.

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