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You walk into a dusky room lit only by sprays of afternoon light filtering in through a few windows. A dozen silk yoga hammocks are suspended from wooden beams slightly lower than the ceiling in the Agave Center at Miraval, a health and wellness resort in Tucson
Pedal through Valley Bike Month with local cycling clubs.
Park the car in the garage for the day and grab your helmet and bike instead. April is Valley Bike Month, and Valley Metro is sponsoring events all month, from family-friendly rides to a two-day bike festival. There’s beauty to discover while biking in this city, but it's hard to see from behind your car windshield as you zoom down Scottsdale Road at 50 mph. Novice or avid cycler, let this month inspire you to pedal your way around town with these year-round bike clubs.
Make friends and burn calories with a classic racquet sport.
“People think of badminton as a backyard, picnic sport. They don’t realize how many calories you can burn in an hour or two,” says Phoenician Douglas Towne, who has played the sport for 20 years.
Hike City, USA
Where does Phoenix rank in the pantheon of great American hiking metros? “You want my biased opinion?” asks PHOENIX magazine hiking guru Mare Czinar. “It’s the best.” Consider: The Valley has not one, not two, but three world-class hiking mountains in its city core, plus dozens of lesser-known trails on the metro fringe, plus hundreds of wilderness hikes within a three-hour drive.
Some people run for fun. Some run for glory. Why not combine the two, and raise money and awareness for a good cause in the process? There’s no shortage of charity runs in the Valley, and this winter, people will flock to the finish lines and enjoy an array of unusual race day amenities, from donkey rides and DJs to chocolate fondue and rock bands, while benefitting causes from feeding the hungry to leukemia treatment and research.
Think beauty pageants are all about being skinny and strutting across the stage in a bikini? Think again. Scott Keppel, of Scott’s Training Systems in Chandler, wants the pageant contestants he trains to be beautiful and healthy. “I not only want the girls to feel confident in the bikini portion of the pageant, but all of it. I want them to feel good in their evening gowns and whatever else they are wearing, too,” he says.