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17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

Yoga, meditation, anxiety workshops—oh my! If this week doesn't help you destress, detoxify, and get on with a blissful 2018, I don't know what will. Take advantage of the many ways to learn something NEW this week—including treating yourself a new restaurant during one of the four (!) restaurant weeks. Enjoy!

10 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (9/18 – 9/24)

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BY STEPHANIE ECKELKAMP

Happy Monday, Lehigh Valley! We hope you had an amazing weekend chock-full of awesomeness and had time to stop by the West End World of Food Festival, a Barre3 community class, the organic apple festival, or one of the other kick-ass happenings we highlighted in last week's post. 

But if not, no worries! We've curated another killer lineup of just-as-awesome, wellness-oriented events this week that you don't want to miss. Enjoy: 

MONDAY

SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (6:30 pm - 8 pm/ Cost: $40)

Summer's coming to a close, so there are only a handful of options left to get out on the water with Miss Melanie Yoga and try out stand up paddle board yoga. No experience or board necessary! What better way to spice up an otherwise mundane Monday? Sign up here

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: Powell House, which provides hospice/long-term care for aging or sickly dogs).  And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

WEDNESDAY

Painting at Wild Fox Farm (7pm - 9 pm/ Cost: $18)

Everyone needs a creative release to feel their happiest. And we've got just the thing: Wild Fox Farm has partnered with Paintsome Pottery for a mason jar painting night so you can create some cute seasonal decor on the cheap. Price includes all your supplies. Sign up here.

Open Mic Night at Hardball Cider (7pm - 9 pm/ Cost: Free)

This is the first night of a weekly open mic offered in Hardball's awesome spot on Main Street in Bethlehem. Come try their ciders, new food, enjoy some local talent, and maybe even get yourself on stage and perform a bit. More info here.

THURSDAY

Massage Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: Free)

Not to play favorites, but we're really, really excited about this. I mean, what could be better than sipping on a cocktail made from locally distilled spirits and then getting a free chair massage? Might just be the official recipe for happiness. Bonus: YergFest 2017 is taking place the next door down, so you can hit up both events at once. More info here.    

FRIDAY

South Mountain Equinox Night Hike (7 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: $5)

What better way to close out a hectic week than with a gorgeous sunset hike through South Mountain Preserve to celebrate the equinox and changing of the seasons? At the very least, it's a way to burn some calories before you hit the bar. Because life's all about balance, right? Sign up here

Sweat 'n Sip Happy Hour at ND Wheelhouse (6 pm – 7 pm/ Cost: $10)

Want something a little more invigorating to get your weekend started? How about a killer nightclub-inspired spin class (yes, we've taken one and there are indeed strobe lights) followed by some fabulous wine and healthy nibbles to recharge. And believe us, you will freakin' earn those nibbles. Reserve your spot here.

SATURDAY

SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (2:30 pm - 4 pm/ Cost: $40)

If you missed the Monday class, this is really one of your last chances to challenge your balance and step out of your comfort zone with SUP yoga. And if it's a hot day, you can "accidentally" fall in. Sign up here

SUNDAY

Barre3 in the Park (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)

Another free outdoor Barre3 community class? Yes, this is real life! Bonus: This one's located in the gorgeous Rose Garden at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a friend who wants to SWEAT. Arrive around 8:30 am to register. More info here

Yoga on the Patio at CoreLife Eatery (9:30 am - 10:30 am)

Got the pre-Monday blues? Counter that shit with a calming outdoor yoga class led by a Steel Fitness Premier instructor followed by some nutritious eats. All registered participants will receive 50% off their meal at CoreLife Eatery after the class, a 7-day pass to Steel Fitness (score! we love this place), and be entered in the drawing for a basket of goodies. Register here

 

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

13 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (9/11 - 9/17)

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By: Stephanie Eckelkamp

How many of you just had an awesome weekend? You went to an outdoor yoga class, took a night club inspired spinning class at ND Wheelhouse, checked out Hardball Cider's new tasting room, or even hit up Brew at the Zoo.

Or maybe the weekend caught you by surprise. You had no idea what awesome events were going on in your area, and you kind of just let it get filled up with random errands and Netflix. It's cool, happens to the best of us. But it doesn't have to. 

That's why Live Well Lehigh Valley is starting weekly events roundups, highlighting a curated list of LV events focused on fitness, food, and general mental and physical wellness. There's a little something for everyone!  

MONDAY

Downtown Allentown Restaurant Week (now - 9/16)

If you’ve been meaning to hit up downtown Allentown to check out the mouthwatering meals and drinks from trendy spots like The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Grain, Centro, Bell Hall, The Dime, and Queen City BBQ—there’s no better time than now! Restaurant week runs today through Saturday Sept. 16th and features gourmet prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $40 for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Here, check out the list of participating restaurants and their pricing.

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: The American Bulldog Rescue).  And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

WEDNESDAY

Bethlehem Food Co-op Main Street Mingle (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Whether you're thinking of joining the Bethlehem Food Co-op or not, this event located at the Main Street Commons is an awesome way to get to know some wellness-minded LV locals and explore a few Bethlehem-based businesses. Brew Works will be offering beer tastings, Franklin Hill Vineyards will supply the wine, there will be some delicious appetizers from Social Still, and you'll get to tour a few of Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room's spaces. Bonus: free chair massages from Rockin' Good Health! More info here

THURSDAY

Barre3 at The House and Barn (5:45 pm – 6:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Want to hang out with us this week? Chances are at least one of the three Live Well ladies will be getting our sweat on at the free Barre3 community class at House and Barn in Emmaus. Snacks and sips to follow. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and (if you’re anything like me) a sizeable sweat towel. More info here.

Outdoor Yoga at Allentown ArtsWalk + After Party at Queen City BBQ (6pm – 7pm/ Cost: $8)

If barre workouts aren’t your jam, here’s another kick-ass way to spend your Thursday night. Really, what’s better than a little outdoor yoga in the crisp almost-fall air followed by happy hour specials and some amazing pulled pork? Nothing, absolutely nothing. More info here.

FRIDAY

BYOB Painting Class at Paint on Main (6:45pm – 8:45 pm/ Cost: $35)

Skip happy hour and tap into your artistic side—with a little help from your good friend pinot noir—at Paint on Main in Emmaus. Bonus: No experience is needed! Local artists will guide you step by step to create your masterpiece. Check out upcoming classes and sign up here.

SATURDAY

Organic Apple Festival at Rodale Institute (10 am – 4 pm/ Cost: $10 for parking)

Pick organic apples at the Rodale Institute, shop from a variety of organic vendors, enjoy organic food and beverages, listen to live music, and hop on a wagon for a tour of the property. And if you’re into running, be sure to sign up for the An Apple a Day 5k, which takes place at 9 am. More info on the festival here.  

Snip N Sip Flower Arranging at Easton Public Market (10am – 11pm/ Cost: $40)

We’re pumped about this new flower arranging class (with refreshments!) at Easton Public Market in which you get to create a beautiful bouquet of hydrangea, red roses, orange roses, yellow roses, mint leaves, chili peppers, and more. Bonus: Creating something with your hands requires you to be mindful and in the moment—serving as a form of meditation. More info here.

West End World of Food Festival (11 am – 10 pm/ Cost: Free)

Located at 19th and Liberty Streets in Allentown, the 3rd annual West End World of Food Festival has something for everyone – music, crafts, childrens’ activities, beer, wine and, of course, a wide variety of food to enjoy. Fingers crossed that Hai Street Kitchen, makers of the ridiculously amazing sushi burrito, will be in attendance again this year. More info here.   

SUNDAY

Barre3 at the Library (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)

If you missed Thursday’s free Barre3 class, there’s another chance to get in on all the muscle-quivering action at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Be sure to bring your own mat! More info here.

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 am – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)

Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

Run Brunch at Union & Finch (9:30 am/ Cost: Free)

If you run to eat, join Run Happy Lehigh Valley for their monthly run brunch! Meet at Union and Finch in Allentown, run (or walk) 1.5 miles out and back, then return to U&F for some delicious food and beverages. Runners of all speeds welcome. More info here.

Yoga at Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts (9:30 am – 10:45 am/ Cost: Free)

If you’re planning to attend the Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts and all of its amazingness (food trucks, libations, stilt performers, hands-on workshops, and loads of local art), you might as well hit up the free yoga class in Scott Park. Bring your own mat. More info here.

 

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

6 Summer Events That Combine Fitness, Booze, And Awesome Food In The Lehigh Valley

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by Stephanie Eckelkamp

Sure, we all love how we feel after a great workout, but sometimes getting our butts out of bed and into gym clothes requires a little extra motivation. And if that motivation includes a strong cocktail or some killer farm fresh food, then you bet your ass we’ll be squeezing into our most flattering yoga pants faster than you can say mimosa. 

Lucky for all of us, local Lehigh Valley businesses have fully embraced trend of combining fitness classes (think: yoga, barre, crossfit) and a stiff drink, beer, or tasty nibbles. Squats and sangria, anyone? Burpees and beer? Pigeon and pinot grigio? I could go on...

Here, we’ve rounded up some awesome ways to detox and retox that are happening soon.

 

1) Sunday Morning Sweat: CrossFit at Weyerbacher
When: Sundays, June 25th, July 23rd, and August 20th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Price: $10

Join South Mountain CrossFit instructors for a fun and interactive intro to CrossFit followed by a nice, cold 12 oz glass of the best recovery drink we can think of: beer! Haven’t mastered the art of the deadlift or the burpee? That’s fine. This event is perfectly suitable for CrossFit newbies. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here

2) Barre3 in the Vineyard
When: Sundays, July 2nd and August 6th, 9am
Where: Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery
Price: Free

Grab your yoga mat and a friend and join Barre3 instructors for a complementary sweat session followed by delicious mimosas and food by BlendLife Food Truck. No need to register; just show up! Want more details? Click here for the July event and here for the August event.

3) Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits
When: Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm
Where: Triple Sun Spirits
Price: $20

Work got you feeling blah? Grab a fellow disgruntled coworker and bust through the mid-week blues with an invigorating yoga flow followed by a hand made Triple Sun Spirits cocktail. To purchase tickets, click here

4) Farm Food Flow
When: Saturdays, July 15th and August 19th, 5-8pm
Where: Kreeky Tree Farm
Price: $75

Join yoga instructors Melanie Smith and Britt Tag for an outdoor vinyasa yoga class at Kreeky Tree Farm followed by a cooking demo and tasting with ingredients grown/raised on site by owners Allan Schanbacher and Chris Gangi. Bonus: You get to hang out with loads of cute farm animals while you’re there, including goats, donkeys, horses, chickens, and ducks. To enroll, email kreekytreefarm@gmail.com or call 610-442-2719. Click here for more details. 

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5) Yoga + Brunch with Greenmouth Table and Easton Yoga
When: Sunday, July 16th, 8am
Where: Easton Public Market
Price: $18

Join Alicia Rambo Wozniak of Easton Yoga and Sarah Hinsch of Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for a healthy and delicious start to your Sunday. Alicia will guide a one-hour gentle morning flow to wake your body up and Sarah will prepare a nutritious breakfast to enjoy at the end of class. To register, click here

6) Pints and Poses: Yoga at Weyerbacher Brewery
When: Sunday, July 16th, August 6th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Price: $20

Grab a mat and join guest instructor Stephanie Riggs in front of the brewhouse for a fun, adventurous sequence linking basic and advanced yoga poses, followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here

Got an event we should add? Holler at us below and we'll be sure to include it!

How Barre Kicked My Booty (And I Loved It)

By Siobhan DeRemer

First off let me say (if you couldn't tell by my other stories here at LWLV), you are much more likely to find me at a bar than at barre class. Don't get me wrong, I do love a good exercise challenge and I've been known to dabble in various studio classes when I'm able, but my idea of an exciting time usually involves something shaken and served to me, not my whole body shaking from exhaustion. But when a barre3 class was organized at my day job, I jumped at the chance to participate. And from that point on, my life (and my quads) would never be the same.

A mix of yoga, Pilates, and energetic (and constant) motion, barre3 gets your heart moving and WAKES your legs the hell UP with the smallest of movements. I'm not a stranger to ballet conditioning classes (though it's been a while) and I'd like to think I'm a pretty flexible person, but my God this was a wake-up call. I realized I was working muscles I didn't even know existed and decided to show themselves through what barre3 instructors lovingly name "earthquakes." When I wasn't concerned about my leg seizures, I was dreadfully sad that I had forgotten water since I was thinking this class would just be a leisurely start to my afternoon. I was mistaken, but in the best way possible.

I did have to stop part way through many of the holds and movements to confirm I didn't have tachycardia, but it made me want it even more! And having the upbeat instructor's words in my ear were way more motivating than frustrating as time went on. I'd love to think we were at an advanced level, though something tells me that I was struggling with the beginners' class, but let me have my day, OK?! Either way, I am hungry for more, and once my legs stop me from using the stairs like a normal human, I'm totally down for a class at one of the studios in the Valley. Come join me (or, if you're a seasoned professional, maybe let me know when you're going so you don't need to be seen with me until I have a few classes under my belt...) and we can quake together and live up to the challenge!

barre3 Allentown

3900 Hamilton Blvd (across from Dorney Park)
Drop in/single class: $22 / New clients get 1 month unlimited for $99 or 3 classes for $40

Pure Barre Bethlehem

4773 Freemansburg Avenue (in the Shop Rite shopping center)
Drop in/single class: $23 / New clients get 1 month unlimited for $99