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(614)’s FIT WEEK: Errday You’re Musclin’

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Columbus, it’s time of the year to start prepping your soft autumn pumpkin of a body for the Holiday onslaught — yes, it’s time to get back in shape. Well, lucky for you, (614) is here to help you start your journey back into the land of health and happiness, whether you get there or not is kind of on you.

October 17-22 you’re invited to join (614) Magazine as we experience all the FITness trends, gyms & more our city has to offer from 30 local businesses during the 2nd annual FIT Week! By invited, we mean you’ll have to purchase a FIT pass (here), but it’s the thought that counts.

With the purchase of your $10 FIT pass, you will get free access to hundreds of free FITness classes during the week at various studios and gyms, discounts on healthy eats, fashion, beauty & more. Not only is this a perfect way to get together with your friends, and throw medicine balls at each other (we think that’s what working out is) it also is a damn good gift for that special fitfreak in your life.

As an added bonus your pass gets you access to the Grand Finale workout on October 22nd, 11a-1p at Vue Columbus. Featuring a taste of killer workouts from participating FIT Week studios. That way you can be as healthy as possible as you enter into November, also known as fatty-fatty-boom-boom month.

So you purchased your FIT Pass. Now what?
As it gets closer to the event, be on the lookout for an email from (614) with your own official FIT Week pass as well as more information about discount codes and class schedules. (In other words, this will give you everything you need for the Best. Week. EVER.) Plus, keep watching this site for new discounts to be added!

Tell me more about this grande finale workout on Saturday, October 22nd!
Put on your fitness gear that you scored during the week and meet us at VUE Columbus at 11a! We’ll have rotating classes that last 15-20 minutes each to give you a taste (and a full workout) of at least 4 different ways to work up a sweat in Columbus.

Available to you with your FIT Week Pass, FREE Classes from:

Arena District
SPINNING, YOGA, HIIT & More
ALL Classes Available
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Grove City & Powell
BIG BOUNCE, ADULT JUMP, MOMMY n ME & MORE
11 Class Options
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Grandview
MODO, HOT FLOW, 3X3 & MORE
27 Class Options
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New Albany, Polaris, UA
BOXING
121 Class Options
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Grandview, Dublin, New Albany
SCULPT, TONE, LIFT, FLATTEN
23 Class Options
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Dublin
RESISTANCE, CARDIO, STRENGTH TRAINING & MORE
2 Weeks of Free Classes!
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Downtown
YOGA, POWER PILATES, HOT FLOW YOGA, BARRE7, BOOTCAMP & MORE
All Classes Available
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Italian Village
CROSSFIT
15 Class Options
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Downtown
BOOTCAMP, CYCLING, YOGA, ZUMBA & MORE
17 Class Options
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Clark Hall – Gahanna
YOGA, INSANITY, PILATES, BARRE, BODYPUMP, BOOT CAMP & MORE
All Classes Available
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Westerville
YOGA/POWER YOGA, POWER BARRE, POWER RESIST STRENGTH, BOOTCAMP, SLOW BURN & MORE
24 Class Options
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New Albany
CYCLE, PILOXING, CARDIO DANCE, BODY PUMP & MORE 
All Classes Available
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Easton
SPINNING (CLASSIC, MASHUP, TBT, CONCERT RIDE, ETC)
All Classes Available
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Grove City
DANCE MIXX, EXPRESS, FLIP FUSION & MORE
All Classes Available
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Plus, discounts from:

Dublin
10% OFF
Fresh & nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go.
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Polaris Parkway, Ohio Statehouse
10% OFF
Create healthy, handcrafted meals
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Short North
15%OFF
All diet & nutrition products storewide + free Good Greens bar with $35+ purchase
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Downtown
Free protein + superfood w/a smoothie purchase
Health-focused smoothie & juice bar also offering sandwiches, salads, acai bowls & coffee drinks.
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Short North
$1 OFF JUICE
Cold pressed juice company
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North Market
Buy 3 veggie scoops, get the 4th free
Best in seasonal vegetable-based cuisine
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North Market
20% off anything in the store
Buy the season’s best produce, support local farmers
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Grove City
15%OFF
Paintball
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Online + UA
10%OFF
Fit fashion apparel including tanks, leggings, socks, tees & more
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Online
15% OFF SITE-WIDE
Comfy, artsy, yet fashionable Ohio apparel. With each order placed, we will give a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need.
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Worthington
Up to $25 off services
Nails, Swedish Massage, Hair Services
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782 Bethel Rd, near Rt 315
10% off everything
Sports supplements & protein
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Downtown – Event
BOGO Entry + FIT Bag (while supplies last)
20-minute teaser fitness classes January 15th
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Dublin – Event
$5 OFF Registration (& a bottle of wine at the finish!)
Thanksgiving Day 4 miler run/walk and Gobbler Chase for the kids
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Arena District
$5 off entry + free visor
A race for the biggest chocolate aficionados
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FIT Week Grand Finale Workout
Downtown – Event
October 22nd at VUE!
FREE ENTRY
Sample workouts from 4-5 fitness studios & a sampling of Truly: Spiked Sparkling water. (Must be 21 years or older)
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The Great Outdoors (Are Always Open): An easy scavenger hunt to ease you into nature

Linda Lee Baird

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Quarantine. Isolation. Social distancing. The words defining our historic (and historically difficult) moment are all about solitude—and we’re bound to be using them for some time to come. But getting through these long days doesn’t mean we need to be inside. In fact, even under the “stay at home” orders currently in effect, getting out in the fresh air is still very much allowed. Spring goes on springing, and the time away from schools and the office gives us the opportunity to soak it in, observe, and enjoy the changes. 

For those who have been disconnected from nature for a few years, or never connected in the first place, here’s a beginner’s guide to the plants and animals you may see around our Metro Parks, woods, and rivers this spring. We went with common species—because it feels good to be able to check things off your list—but think of this as a starting point for paying a little more attention to the natural world around you. 

And if you are one of the many people who is suddenly leading a homeschool, you can use this as an educational scavenger hunt. My “class” will be taking this list up to Highbanks on the first warm April afternoon. 

Birds

Robin

My mom used to point out the “first robin of spring” as March turned to April every year—a sign that the season was changing and more birds would soon be joining their song in the trees.

Hawk

Look up! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… actually a bird. Our flat lands and wide skies are an ideal combination to catch a hawk carefully circling in  the sky.  (Because this is an easy scavenger hunt, any bird of prey can check this box. We won’t tell). 

Warblers

The Ohio Division of Wildlife calls warblers, “one of the avian highlights of spring.” While there are several species that visit our state, the blue-winged, golden winged, and yellow all have bright yellow coloring that perhaps makes them easier to spot in the trees. ODW recommends Greenlawn Cemetery as a local spot to see them.

Animals

Deer

They’re everywhere in Ohio, but there’s still something magical about spotting one in the wild and looking into its tranquil eyes.

Butterflies

Yes, there are many different types of butterflies that live in Central Ohio and yes, they are most active later in the year, but the common painted lady starts fluttering around as early as April. If you find a butterfly of any species this early in the season, we’ll give you full credit. 

Frogs

Head down to the water and open your ears for that familiar croak. You’re likely to spot them chillin’ on the bank or the nearest lily pad, but it’s really fun if you get to watch them swim. 

Baby… anything

It’s spring, the season many species welcome their babies into the world. And if there’s anything cuter than an animal, it’s a baby animal. Ducklings, bunnies, birds nests; anywhere you can spot an animal family will let you tick this box. 

Plants

Fiddlehead ferns

One of the first signs that the earth is returning from winter is the emergence of fiddlehead ferns. Their distinctive spiral sticking up from the ground portends more plants to follow. (They are also supposed to be delicious when cooked, but since this is a scavenger hunt occurring in a public park, please leave them for the next visitor). 

Lilac

You’ll probably smell them before you see them. There’s a reason lilac is dried and used in aeromatics year round, but—lucky us—we’re quickly approaching the season to experience the real thing. Those small, purple buds that smell like absolute bliss? That’s lilac. 

Maple tree

Sure, it’s at its peak in the fall when the leaves turn gold and red, but can you identify a maple before it’s leaves are in full bloom and it’s not producing any syrup? Now’s your chance to find out. 

Fungus

Mushrooms count, but the best fungus in my opinion grows on old tree stumps and boasts beautiful stripes.

Feature photo by Rebecca Tien.

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COVID-19 Coverage: Expert tips for staying healthy during your stay-at home

Mitch Hooper

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It's been nine days since Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has placed the state under a shelter-in-place order. However long this will last is unknown, but Dr. Anup Kanodia has a suggestion: use this time for your own self-health.

Dr. Kanodia, an Akron-native, is the owner and head MD at KanodiaMD in Westerville. He did a fellowship of alternative, integrative medicine at Harvard University and went on to earn his Master's in Public Health. His practice focuses on integrating functional medicine with conventional medicine. In addition to owning his own private practice, he works part-time with addiction clinics and part-time with urgent care.

"What we're finding, in my practice, is that a lot of people want to know how do they help themselves in this time. What can they do beyond social distancing and hand washing?" Dr. Kanodia said.

To find ways to cope and grow through this situation, 614Now talked with Dr. Kanodia via Zoom. Here are some of his tips to finding happiness and peace during these stressful times.

1.) Get into a routine

Working, sleeping, living, and eating in the same place can make the days feel like they blur together. Dr. Kanodia says a daily routine can be exactly what you need to help create a separation of your work and personal life as they collide together at home.

"[It starts] with having a regular sleep schedule," Dr. Kanodia explained. "And then getting out of the house first thing in the morning; meaning go for a walk, or go get something. But if you're stuck inside the house all day long, that's going to ruin your mental health."

For folks working at home, he also suggests making your work space separate from your bedroom. Don't work in bed, he says, and try to work in a different room than your bedroom if possible.

2.) Sleep is crucial right now

Sleep is the time our body repairs itself making it a vital part of a healthy immune system. But with schedules out-of-order, the long hours inside can make falling asleep difficult. Things like exercise throughout your day can help at nighttime, and Dr. Kanodia suggests writing before bed if you are struggling to fall asleep as well as limiting blue light exposure.

If, on the other hand, you find yourself waking up much earlier than usual, he says to simply go about your day, but it's important not to take naps as they can throw off your sleep cycle.

3.) And so is staying physically active; better yet if you can safely get outdoors

He says that functional medicine is finding that there are even more benefits to the immune system and overall health of the body through doing outdoor activities and being in the sunlight.

"Walking out in nature is even more beneficial if you could. Sunlight, outdoor light, or daylight helps us make Vitamin D, helps us shutdown sleeping hormones, and helps with depression."

However, there is a limit to exercise. He warns that if you feel tired roughly two hours after a work-out, you might've overworked yourself. Be cautious as being overworked can lead to a lowered immune system.

4.) Continue social distancing, but use technology to stay connected and close with loved ones

Dr. Kanodia suggests folks use applications like FaceTime and Zoom to stay in-touch with their families and friends. KanodiaMD also offers video chats—both in groups or solo—for anyone with questions or struggling in this time.

He also suggests alternative ways to do this such as video games and online games. Additionally, forums and chats are great ways to stay connected, he says.

5.) Keep a positive outlook with healthy outlets

It's difficult to do so in times like these, but Dr. Kanodia says a positive outlook is vital right now. And having a positive attitude doesn't mean you are immune to the fears, rather, it's coming to terms with them, he says.

"We have to accept our fear, [being] overwhelmed, and anxiousness. [...] Stress and mindset are unmet expectations. If I have expectations of how long this will last, if I will get COVID-19, that I don't like working from home; any of these expectations make us more stressed. If I go with the flow, what's the best I can do with this one minute? And keep going down that path."

For this, he suggests finding hobbies that brought you joy when you were younger. For some it's adult coloring, for others it's sports.

"Figure out in the past what kept you calm. Whatever it is that is your stress reliever, now is a good time to do it."

For more information on Dr. Kanodia, or to download his free COVID-19, Cold, and Flu Top 3 Recommendations, visit kanodiamd.com.

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5 unique ways to improve wellness without a treadmill

Jeni Ruisch

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big percentage of the resolutions we make every year involve getting in shape and/or improving our overall wellness. But running on a treadmill is only slightly more attractive an activity than, say, waiting in line at the DMV. And unless you can sit still for more than two minutes, meditation is out of the question. If you want to really challenge yourself to step outside your normal bubble, face your fears while finding balance. You’ll conquer your phobias AND the scale.

Float

True REST Float Spa
truerest.com

You can achieve a state of buoyancy akin to floating on a cloud. The key is a pod filled with hyper-salinated water, heated to the temperature of your skin. Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy can help your mind find peace.

Flip

Life Energy Yoga
leyyoga.com

Did you ever dream of becoming an acrobat? This exercise consists of poses done with a partner. You can make human pyramids, or even learn to stand on each other’s shoulders, or contort yourselves into knots of fun.

Climb

Infinity Aerial
infinityaerial.com

Raise your skills to the roof with aerial silks, the skill made popular by Cirque Du Soleil and performing artist P!nk. A long swath of fabric pours down from ceiling supports, and the performer uses friction and strength to support themselves in poses among the waterfall of silk.

Dive

Columbus Scuba
columbusscuba.com

The depths of the ocean hold more mysteries than the surface of the moon. Brave men and women strap Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to their backs every day the world over, and dive into the unknown.

Fly

The Buckeye Bounce Club
thebounceclub.com

If you thank your lucky stars for gravity, and the hard ground under your feet, maybe it’s time to shake yourself free of the terra for a few ticks. The Buckeye Bounce Club is a gym where the workouts are done on wall-to-wall trampolines, or rather, ceiling-to-ceiling, as the walls themselves are bounceable, just like the floors.

Originally appeared in (614) Magazine December 2017

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