Trek in a new direction with these lesser-known Valley hikes.
There's no shortage of hiking trails in Arizona. Perhaps the most comprehensive guide to hiking in our state, arizonahiking.blogspot.com – authored by none other than PHOENIX magazine's resident hiking expert, Mare Czinar – covers more than 500 trails, and Czinar says many others exist. Though local hikers tend to gravitate to well-known and well-trodden urban trails like Piestewa Peak, Papago Park and Camelback Mountain, the Valley has plenty of less-traveled options for folks who want to enjoy a good quad burn while communing with nature. Here are a few hiking-guru-approved alternatives to our typical tracks.
Get in advanced shape with paleo-fitness exercises at these Valley sweat spots.
This isn’t Sparta. While our ancestors had to hunt big game for food and fight with swords to protect their land, we have the luxury of drive-thrus and property deeds. We also have Nautilus machines and boutique gym technology to stay in shape – but who needs ‘em? Finding your inner Spartan with paleo-fitness exercises like tire throwing, rope climbing, and kettle bell lifting can be fun and effective.
Give your fitness routine a bounce with dodgeball and other team sports.
Think you mastered dodgeball in elementary school? Take the venerable playground sport to the next level with team leagues, currently enjoying a post-Dodgeball: The Movie renaissance at a variety of Valley sports and fitness venues.
Martial arts-based fitness routines deliver a KO punch to gym boredom
Multitaskers love the idea of staying in shape while learning a new way to express themselves. Though one could conceivably achieve this by finger painting while sitting on a body ball, Axé Capoeira Arizona has a much more dynamic and fun proposition. Specializing in the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira, which combines dance, martial arts and music, the Scottsdale studio will keep you entertained and sweating in a way your nightly spin class never could.
Small, boutique gyms’ personalized fitness programs offer a haute alternative to same-same training routines.
Going to a crowded gym and doing the same basic workout every time can get bone-crushingly dull. So Jenny Cushing decided to try something else, namely a Systeme Dynamique workout class in Los Angeles designed by celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree. She fell in love with the program and ultimately joined forces with pal Rachel Forman to bring Lagree’s workout to the Valley at their own gym, The Body Lab.
What happens when diet-minded doctors and celebrity chefs team up to fight inflammation and Alzheimer’s?
All kale breaks loose. Deliciously.
It’s a typical lunchtime at True Food Kitchen, and diners cram the entryway like vegetables jammed into a juicer. Fresh-faced waitresses in scallion-green shorts squeeze between patrons, carrying plates of tofu-shiitake lettuce wraps and kale salad topped with omega-3-rich wild-caught salmon. No one thought a health food eatery would become this popular, least of all founders Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, the oil and vinegar partnership that’s shaking up the nation. A restaurant based on the tenets of the anti-inflammatory diet? How do you make that sexy?
A PHOENIX magazine editor scours the Valley for answers to his heart disease, consulting cardiovascular comrades like Suns player Channing Frye and local doctors.
Well, this is it,” the surgeon says, with an encouraging smile. “As you can see, it’s pretty compact. Nothing so terrible.”
Admittedly, the smooth, teardrop-shaped device in his hand – slightly larger than a Zippo lighter, and the same silvery color – is hardly terrifying. And it is relatively small. By smartphone standards, for example, it would be record-breakingly compact.