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Published Wednesday Feb 05, 2020 by Mindbody Team

The Definitive Wellness Guide: Denver, CO

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When you hear the term “wellness,” you probably associate it with working out and eating healthy. And while fitness and a balanced diet are definitely part of it, wellness entails a great deal more. At the end of the day, wellness can be whatever makes you feel your best physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and all things in between.   

Do you find peace in meditating quietly on the floor for five minutes during the day just being? Or maybe it’s taking a long training run, a hot bath surrounded by your favorite scented candles, a high-impact studio class—you name it. No matter what you choose, the most important thing that makes your wellness, well…wellness...is that it helps you feel great.

If you happen to live or find yourself in Denver, Colorado, you’ll come to see that wellness is in great supply in the Mile-High City. After all, there’s a reason it’s ranked the 4th healthiest city in America. 
 

What exactly is wellness in Denver? 

Denver has no shortage of wellness opportunities. Whether you’re in search of some healthy eats, a great class or appointment, or the experience of the great outdoors—Denver's got you covered. The Queen City of the Plains has fresh air views and fresh new things to try to help you find your peak wellness (see what we did there?). Peep our guide below for some of the city’s best places and activities. 
 

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Fitness in Denver, CO 

According to a recent Mindbody study, it would appear that a whopping 80% of residents in Denver work out at least once a week. It’s no surprise given the plethora of studios to suit almost any need, skill-level, and wellness passion. From spin and climbing to yoga and barre (and almost anything you want in between,) we’ve compiled your definitive guide to Fitness in Denver.   
 

High Ride Cycle

Located in the Sloan's Lake neighborhood of Denver, High Ride Cycle incorporates cardio, weights, and resistance to provide a full-body workout set to a combination of music, lighting, and mile-high energy. 

@highridecycle 
 

Pearl Street Fitness

Pearl Street Fitness is in a historic building with brick walls and high ceilings that draws in the pulse of the local neighborhood. You’ll never do the same workout twice and will keep your body guessing with the most dynamic workouts around. 

@pearlstreetfitness 
 

TransFORM Colorado

TransFORM Colorado offers two types of classes: LaGree Fitness Method and Climbing. Lagree is a Pilates style that helps tone and elongate muscles done on the Megaformer, and their Climbing classes build stamina using the Versa Climber. These two, totally unique classes have one thing in common—they’re guaranteed to make you sweat. 

@transformcolorado 
 

The River Yoga

The River Yoga has two studios located in the heart of Denver. More than a beautiful space, the River is a community, a place to grow, a hOMe. Their schedule is designed for every body and level—whether you’re a dedicated yogi or just starting out. 

@theriveryoga 
 

Barre Forte

Meet your best with Barre Forte's kick-ass barre, sculpt, and HIIT fitness classes for athletes of all levels. They started in Denver and now have locations all around Colorado, and their fast yet effective classes will have you coming back for more. 

@barreforte 
 

Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is a go-to for runners, dog-walkers, and power strollers. The rectangular, outer dirt path past Denver’s charming botanical gardens and the Grecian pavilion is 1.5 miles long and well-maintained. 
 

City Park

City Park is not only stunning for cardio-lovers looking for new visuals, it’s also home to tennis courts, baseball, football and soccer fields, and two playgrounds (perfect for exercise with the right creativity). Plus, the Denver Zoo is inside the park so you can visit some four-legged friends afterward! 
 

Washington Park

Denver’s historic “Wash Park” is a people-watching, dog-walking, and stroller-pushing paradise. The outside loop totals 2.5 miles, and signs throughout post fun facts about the park’s origins and history. 
 

South Platte River Trail

The South Platte River Trail runs right through downtown Denver. It cuts through Confluence Park, past Denver’s flagship REI store, the Pepsi Center, Empower Field at Mile High, and Elitch Gardens. You can stop off and explore downtown, or keep going and connect to the Cherry Creek Trail. 

 

Beauty in Denver, CO 

Denver, CO may not evoke the same luxurious prestige and haute chic-ness that SoHo or Beverly Hills does, but don’t let the mountainous terrain and outdoors affinity fool you: Denver has well beyond its fair share of spas and salons for you to get your beauty wellness on. In our latest travels to the Mile High, and in between our studio time and insanely amazing meals (more on this later), we checked out a few of Denver’s finest spots.  
 

The Glam House

The Glam House Salon welcomes all types of clients: women, men, and children. They offer spectacular service and lavish amenities, such as wine, sparkling water, snack bar, and free parking to provide a luxurious client experience. 

@theglamhousedenver 
 

A New Spirit Wellness Center and Spa

A New Spirit Wellness Center and Spa resides in the historic Highland’s neighborhood and offers customized bioactive treatments from friendly and knowledgeable staff. They specialize in Couple’s Treatments, Floatation and all forms of massage as well as cutting edge facial treatments. 

@anewspirit 

 

Haven 

If you’re looking for a mani-pedi in downtown Denver, Haven is the place to go. It’s beautiful, comfortable, and hygienic—pretty much all you want in a nail salon. They take time to get to know you, asking questions about what you like and saving your answers in their database for next time! Haven makes sure you get exactly what you’re looking for and keeps you coming back for more. 

@havendenver 

 

Glo Skincare 

This Chicago favorite recently opened a location in Denver! If you want that summertime glow without damaging your skin, an all-natural airbrush from Glo Skincare is your best bet. They’ll recommend the perfect color based on your skin tone and tanning goals and leave you looking sun-kissed and fabulous. 

@glo_skincare_chi 

 

BelViso 

Whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle, prepping for a photoshoot, or just strutting your stuff on a Saturday, BelViso can help you look beautiful for any occasion. They provide just about everything—highlights, haircuts, makeup, lash extensions, facials, waxing, you name it. So, no matter what beauty service you’re looking for, be sure to check out BelViso first. 

@beautybybelviso 

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Healthy Eats in Denver, CO 

Our friends over at Eater said it best, “There’s a little bit of everything in the Mile High City,” when it comes to the ever-expanding food scene. If you still think that Colorado prides itself on Rocky Mountain Oysters (if you know, you know), you’re going to want to give Denver another look. Chefs are flocking, neighborhoods are being revitalized, and crowds are coming: These are a few of the places you want to add to your Denver itinerary when you’re looking for healthy eats.  
 

Modern Market

Modern Market is shaking up the notion that fast food is unhealthy. Their food is made with simple, whole ingredients purchased from local farmers, ranchers, and select suppliers that share their values. And the best part? It’s made in just minutes. 

@modernmarket 
 

Just BE Kitchen

Just BE Kitchen is known for its paleo, clean-eating menu and seasonal options with year-round favorites (like their cleaned-up chicken caesar salad and green chili burrito). They’ve also got a bone broth bar, a legit lineup of bullet coffee options, and even a bar full of grain-free spirits and low-sugar wine. 

@justbekitchen 
 

Vital Root

Vital Root is one of the trendiest, healthiest spots to eat in northern Denver. Inspired by bold global flavors, it’s a veggie-heavy quick-service restaurant with a back patio that puts you in the middle of an urban garden. 

@vitalrootden 
 

Fooducopia

A farm-to-table restaurant, Fooducopia sources most of its ingredients from its own 26-acre organic farm. They are passionate about quality ingredients, and their seasonal menu always reflects Mother Nature’s best. 

@fooducopia 
 

Watercourse Foods

Watercourse is Denver’s most popular fully-vegan spot, serving up the goods in Uptown. Their menu is comfort food heaven, pleasing just about any dietary restriction out there. Highlights include their all-day breakfast menu and their outstanding vegan desserts. 

@watercoursefoods 


 

Practicing Wellness in Denver, CO 

Remember when we said wellness is more than fitness and eating right? Well, this is what we were talking about. On our last jaunt to Denver, we sought out a few of those activities that, to some, may seem unconventional. To us, it was just an extension of the wellness we try to practice each day. “What the hell is forest bathing?!” you may ask. It's time you found out... 
 

Forest bathing

We meant it when we said wellness is whatever it means to you. It’s no secret that Coloradans love the outdoors, but the newest trend is something anyone can try. Forest bathing is all about slowing way down, trading elevation gains for slow-paced walks in the woods, and simply connecting with nature. 
Where to do it: Anywhere with trees.
 

Samadhi Center for Yoga

As one of the longest-running studios in Denver, Samadhi Center for Yoga offers a wide variety of classes—including asana, breath, and meditation—and workshops for all levels. 

@samadhiyogadenver 
 

Walk LoHi to LoDo

Two of Denver’s hot spots are connected by a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Platte River. You’ll pass tons of shops, restaurants, and breweries in case you need a break from this mile-long stroll.  
 

Walk RiNo Art District

RiNo (short for River North) is home to Denver’s most creative businesses and artists—plus a ton of breweries and wineries. It’s “Where Art is Made” and is one of Denver’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. It’s great anytime, but one of the best times is for its First Friday art walks from 6 to 9 pm on the first Friday of every month. 
 

Hike Grays and Torreys

These mountains give a two-for-one deal that offers the perfect opportunity to hike a 14-er  (14,000ft. mountain peaks). Although these are considered “easy” as far as 14,000ft. mountain peaks go, plan ahead, dress in layers, and avoid going hiking until summer.  
 

Hike Mount Galbraith Park

With miles of rocky terrain, steep bluffs, and 1000-foot elevation change, you may be a bit intimidated, but the views are worth the climb. Feel the burn for a little over four miles before you enjoy the view at the top of Denver, Golden, the Coors facility, and the Continental Divide. 

 

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to elevate your heart rate, Denver has some of the most renowned activities, delectable food, and incredible views to take your breath away (in more ways than one).  

And whether you’re a local looking for something new or visiting for the first time, you can get the best of Denver Wellness in your pocket with the Mindbody app. Give it a download, and start exploring the city on your time. Clear mind, good vibes, wellness forever.  
 

Exploring Denver? Share your wellness adventures with us on social using #MBDenverWellness 

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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

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Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

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Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.