New Year, New You

The holiday season can be a decadent one, especially in Sun Valley where there is something fun to do from sunup to well past sundown throughout the celebratory season.  After toasts have been offered, delicious food devoured, gifts unwrapped and new toys and gear tested and admired, the quieter, more reflective days of the New Year may not come a moment too soon!

Luckily, there is no better place than Sun Valley to enjoy another side of the high life and to get a good start on those, er, lifestyle corrections. According to the latest Marist poll, America's number one resolution in 2015 is to lose weight. Many other health and lifestyle vows also make the list of top five resolutions with exercising more coming in second.

The skiing and riding is superb right now. Resolve to get onto the slopes today!

In Sun Valley, where exercise, an active lifestyle and wellness are priorities year-round, resolutions of this sort are easy (easier?), and even fun, to keep as the winter season kicks into high gear. Unlike many places where it is difficult to be outside year-round here, there are endless ways to enjoy dazzling sunshine, bluebird skies and fresh snow. With higher than average temperatures predicted for this week, now is the perfect time to get outside and get started.

With lots of fresh snow and clear skies, there is no time like the present to get onto the slopes of Bald Mountain. With Sun Valley Resort reporting 106 open trails, 52 groomed trails and 17 lifts in operation as of January 5, there are countless ways to get some exercise and some fresh air. Whether you are up for quad burning top-to-bottom runs, the challenge of some steep moguls, or are out to simply Sun Valley's amazing grooming, time on Baldy will keep your New Year's goals on track.

To add some cardio into your routine, make a beeline for the Sun Valley Nordic Center, now open and operational. Offering trails appropriate for absolute beginners to competitive skate skiers, the views are as great as the workout.

In order to really get a start on fitness and wellness resolutions, book a lesson with one of Sun Valley's top professionals. Whether you are downhill skiing, snowboarding, learning classic cross country or taking your skating to new heights, time with a teacher is a great way to hone your technique and make the most of your time on the snow. All disciplines offer private or group lessons and will help you get prepared for the gloriously long season ahead.

To keep your brain in fine fettle and your motivation high, now is also the time to try something new for the New Year. Switch things up! If you ski, try snowboarding. If you snowboard, give Nordic a try. Fitness pros always put an emphasis on the benefits of cross training and in Sun Valley, it couldn't be easier to mix up your workouts.

Cross country skiing is an amazing cardio and full-body workout. Plus it is a perfect way to get outside and enjoy this beautiful valley

And if you yearn for something that does not require much special equipment or clothing, remember that a snowshoe hike or even taking your dog for a long walk down one of Sun Valley's many well-maintained bike paths offers a great workout. The important thing is to just get out there!

A strong yoga culture also prevails throughout the Wood River Valley, helping to keep resolutions for not only fitness goals but for stress relief and supporting a spiritual life.  Numerous classes, led by outstanding and highly trained teachers, are available throughout the valley and include the Wood River YMCA, Zenergy and Gather in the Sun Valley and Ketchum area.

When the exciting Sun Valley Lodge renovation is complete early this summer, there will be even more ways to get fit and stay on track. The addition of a 20,000-square-foot luxury spa will offer visitors and locals alike a fabulous, state-of-the-art fitness facility – added motivation to stick to health and wellness goals. The latest cardio and strength training equipment, yoga, and a glorious new spa – all with amazing views of Baldy -- will make it difficult to stay away.

So breathe deep. Get that heart rate up. Try something new. Enjoy a challenging run or regroup with a restorative yoga class.

Being active and healthy is a great goal for 2015.  Get outside and breathe deep!

2015 is looking like a great year. The gift of early season snowfall offers recreationists of all ages and abilities endless ways to enjoy this amazing playground. Get out there and jump in!

Please check back to this blog later this week for more ways to get the most of the New Year by eating better and feeling beautiful, healthy and strong, inside and out.

Happy New Year!


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