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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.