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Health and Fitness Options in Tempe, AZ

Good health is something that we all need to thrive and grow personally and professionally. When I think about health, I think of three basic components—fitness, relaxation and nutrition. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve your personal fitness in Tempe, AZ. Here are just a few of our favorite places to get active and recuperate.

Yoga to the People – 117 E. 5th St., Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281
Yoga is the first activity that I think of for fitness, especially since it can help improve flexibility, endurance, core strength, and even their breathing. Luckily, Tempe is home of Yoga to the People, a yoga studio that offers a wide array of time/day slots for Vinyasa flow style yoga classes. This type of class will get you moving continually with an emphasis on optimum breathing. What’s more is that the classes are donation-based, with a suggested donation of $10 per class. Mat rental is just $2. The low cost gives the studio a welcoming feel, and it is sure to inspire anyone to begin or continue their yoga practice with a smile on their face.

Sumits Yoga – 920 E. University Dr., Suite 106, Tempe, AZ 85281
Newly opened Sumits Yoga in Tempe is a yoga studio that offers 60 minute hot yoga classes for people of all ages and all levels of yoga familiarity. Not only does Sumits focus on the benefits of stretching the body and improving flexibility and muscle tone, but the instructors also highlight the importance of living in the moment and finding inner peace. At Sumits, yoga is not just exercise—it is a way of thinking and living in the world with harmony in your heart.

Madison Tempe – 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ, 85281 ‎
Madison Tempe is another fitness studio that you might want to check out while you are in the Tempe area. With their signature “Party on a Bike” spin classes, this space is all about focusing on your own fitness goals, encouraging others to reach theirs, and all-around positivity. “Party on a Bike” is exhilarating—it really is a party when you consider that there are lights that accompany the beat of uplifting and energizing music, and the instructor somewhat resembles a DJ for a dance party. Even if spin classes aren’t your first choice for exercise, you’ll have so much fun you might forget you’re getting a great work out. Classes begin as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. and the Madison is right next door to Over Easy at Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe. You can treat yourself with great food after your hard work in class.

True REST Float Spa – 1860 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284
Next on the list is the True REST Float Spa. This isn’t a spa where you walk in, get a massage, and then hop right back in your car. Instead, you can treat yourself to something unique and beneficial for both emotional and physical health. One of the most popular services offered by True REST Float Spa is the option to float on top of Epsom salt infused water inside of a “Float Pod,” allowing you to feel weightless and causing your body to completely relax. This option boasts the ability to lower stress as well as pain within the physical body. This spa is a great option for those who live a hectic lifestyle, or simply people who wish to try something that is new and good for the mind and body.

Narande Spa – 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282
If you are looking for a spa that’s a little more traditional, the Narande Spa is perfect for you. It offers all of the traditional spa options, like massages, pedicures and skin treatments. Because it is located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, anyone who gets a spa treatment gets pool access for the day. Relaxing by pool that’s carved out of the mountainside is the perfect way to extend your bliss after your spa visit.

Now that you’re armed with all of these fitness options in Tempe, AZ, don’t forget about nutrition. Tempe has a wealth of restaurants, many with healthy options like salads, smoothies and low-cal dishes. Written about in a previous blog post, there are also several popular vegetarian and vegan eateries. And, if you’d rather prepare your own healthful meals or grab snacks, you can’t go wrong with Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

For more ideas about what to see and do in Tempe, visit www.tempetourism.com or call 800-283-6734.

Written Michael Martin