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Beer has been a boon to our lovely city for almost two centuries. Beer is a part of many facets of our city. We have good water infrastructure because of the Bud plant, there are many jobs created through the growth of various craft breweries, new build housing is cropping up in places once reserved [...]
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Beer has been a boon to our lovely city for almost two centuries.

Beer is a part of many facets of our city. We have good water infrastructure because of the Bud plant, there are many jobs created through the growth of various craft breweries, new build housing is cropping up in places once reserved for industrial space, and breweries are finding more and interesting ways to use the space that they have on hand.

Pretty much every brewery has a taproom inviting you to gather with your friends and have a joyous time. Most breweries in Columbus have an award winning beer to showcase—some even have international renown bringing in curious drinkers from far and wide. Sometimes the beer is just an afterthought, a bonus, to lubricate the social gear works.

All the time, beer gives drinkers just a little extra jolly jiggle … so why not use that spacious taproom for a yoga class before opening?

Why not work out even harder to earn that extra pint?

Seventh Son offers a regular weekly yoga class on Saturdays led by Stephanie Bair-Garant. The brewery recently expanded and has a wealth of open space available before opening hours. The second floor bar boasts a rollback roof and a big, airy room with communal tables during business hours. The slow flow class starts at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and costs $15. Register at SKBGstudio.com.

BrewDog’s original American HQ out in Canal Winchester also offers a yoga class. The production facility ambitiously hopes to supply the greater part of the country soon. Listed as an attraction in Canal Winchester, the brewery has plethora of activities planned throughout the week. A less regularly scheduled class led by Nathan Quick, the initial cost is $15 and with brunch at the brewery included it’s $25.

The confluence of yoga and beer doesn’t end at the brewery level. Yoga is not just about low impact athleticism; one of the most important aspects is community. Yoga Happiness in Clintonville uses the community connections in the neighborhood to build that togetherness. Owner Burgundie Miceli would bring classes down to Quail Crossing Cellars before the winery closed up shop. Now they offer a BYO sharable wine-and-snack event after an hour-long session. Contrasting that, Yoga Happiness also offers a class taught by Colleen Caulfield to “discuss and practice the eight limbs of yoga in relation to the 12 steps of recovery,” concluding on August 12th. Miceli and Caulfield hope to offer it again soon depending on the popularity.

The list of breweries offering yoga classes is way too long to list here, which is also what inspired Trevor Williams of Hoof Hearted Brewing to start the Hoof Hearted Running Club in May 2017.

“At the time, every brewery seemed to be doing yoga brunches, etc. We wanted do some sort of fun physical group activity that was more “Hoofy.” At first we were hot on a semi-serious ‘Karate Club’—still are—but settled on the running club after we coined our motto ‘Expose Yourself to Running.’”

Williams, who has been a casual runner since the late ‘90s, and business partner Jarrod Bichon, an in ultra marathon runner, were inspired by the Mikkeller Running Club in Copenhagen. And of course, by their own oddball, low-brow aesthetic. HH’s vibe can come off as audacious, but Williams, Bichon, and their house artist Thom Lessner, are completely serious about it.

“I think the goal is cross pollinating two things people really passionate about,” Williams said. “We have a good mix of fitness freaks that are casual craft drinkers and super beer geeky casual runners. It’s been a great addition to our brand.”

In fact, Lessner’s killer HHC running club merch rivals the brewery’s general merch in popularity. Wanna join in? Hoof Hearted Running Club is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. It’s a 5K course and the participants receive half-off off all draft beer.

Beer is a great way to bring the community together and it also helps that community grow. Sometimes the road to personal growth is a little bumpier than you’d like, so why not offset it with an hour or so of high-impact activity? Sweat it out, Columbus, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. 

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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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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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