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For a minute, The Mile High City was one of the country’s best-kept secrets. But now, the word is out—this family-friendly, outdoor-loving, up-and-coming city is booming. And the same can be said for the local health and fitness scene. Here’s a rundown of all the reasons to love living, sweating, and staying active in Denver.
If you’re a healthy eater, you won’t have to search hard for something that fits your lifestyle of choice. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, or just want to eat a little better, Denver’s restaurant scene has every meal of the day covered.
Healthy eating is important, but so is balance. Luckily, Denver knows how to brunch, and the options are practically endless. To cure the Sunday Scaries, we chow down on hearty breakfast burritos, dessert-worthy pancakes, local bacon, farm-fresh eggs, and a Bloody Mary from time to time.
When spring makes its appearance, Denver’s farmers markets are bursting with local fruits and veggies, epic food trucks, and plenty of fresh finds. On Saturdays and Sundays, from May until late fall, we bop around to a variety of different vendors. No matter where you stop, don’t skip the neighborhood favorites.
From yoga to cycling and boxing to bootcamp, we love to work out. And if outdoor exercise is your thing, we’ve got you. Head outside for fresh air sweat sessions that get your heart rate climbing and your muscles burning (think Yoga On The Rocks and Yoga On The Green). And if you love fitness classes as much as you love indoor rock climbing, Movement Denver is your one-stop shop. For all of you Pure Barre and SoulCycle addicts, don’t worry—we’ve got all the big names, too.
ICYMI, Denver is a yoga mecca. From name brands to local boutiques, there’s a class for everyone. Traverse the city, and you’ll find CorePower Yoga, Kindness Yoga, BIG Power Yoga, Yoga Pod, and Samadhi Center for Yoga—just to name a few. No matter where you are, there’s probably a yoga studio just around the corner.
Every year, there are countless local races to check out. The Denver Colfax Marathon, Half, and 10-miler are local staples, but there are also plenty of events in the Rocky Mountains. Want to go even longer? The Leadville 100 is monumental, the Ragnar team races are challenging and fun, and the Dirty 30 is a truly epic trail run.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention the many mountains, trails, camping spots, and green spaces nearby. Whether you’re bagging 14ers in the Rockies, pedaling through downtown on one of the city’s many bike trails, or kicking back in Cheesman Park, spending some time soaking up the sun (all 300+ days a year) is a way of life around here.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.