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The Local Lens – Winter Wellness & Conditioning

November 9, 2022 | Kayla Anderson

I’m so honored to be asked to be a guest contributor for the Local Lens! As I write this, it is Election Day and snowing like crazy. Hopefully you all had a chance to vote and are now patiently waiting for the ski resorts to open. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe opens this Friday, and Diamond Peak is still on track to open on Thursday, December 8th

However, while it may be tempting to go out and shred powder as soon as you can, you may not have your ski legs quite under you yet. Therefore, whether you are into winter sports or not, here are some pre-conditioning fitness classes and wellness options to get you looking and feeling your best during this early snowy season:

Warm Up with Indoor Pickleball at the Incline Recreation Center

If you’re looking to get out of the cold weather and work up a sweat, then play some indoor pickleball with your friends at the IVGID Recreation Center on 980 Incline Way. The three courts are open on Sundays from noon-3pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-1:30pm. 

The Rec Center also offers seasonal sports conditioning group fitness classes this time of the year that focuses on improving your strength, balance, agility, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. These classes include warm-up stretches, group drills, a 10-station circuit, and sports strengthening tips. Check out the group fitness schedule for these types of classes and others here

Or Get Into the Flow with a High Altitude Fitness Yoga Class

Rock climbing at High Altitude Fitness on 880 Northwood Boulevard is also a good way to get in shape, or you can work on improving your strength with a low impact yoga workout. HAF is open from 6am-10pm Monday-Friday and 7am-8pm on the weekends in the winter, and there are usually different kinds of yoga classes held there six days a week (reservations required). 

Tahoe Fitness Loft Offers Barre Classes, Too

To get a lean, mean skier’s or snowboarder’s physique, check out a barre sculpt class at the Tahoe Fitness Loft located on 760 Mays Boulevard next to the Glasses Wine Bar. Barre workouts incorporate ballet, yoga, and Pilates to improve posture and core strength. Spin and special Pilates winter sports conditioning classes are taking place right now, too. 

Already tired from shoveling snow? Get a massage. 

If you’re not that concerned about skiing or snowboarding this winter, but your muscles are tight from shoveling snow, then consider spending a day at the spa to stay relaxed and rejuvenated. Here are some local places that will leave you feeling brand new and ready for whatever elements Mother Nature throws our way:

Aloha Skin Spa

Pamper yourself with a one-of-a-kind body treatment or relieve muscle tension and improve your circulation with a relaxing massage at Aloha Skin Spa on 770 Northwood Boulevard, behind the 76 gas station. Hydropeptide facials, purifying body wraps, and a detox steam tent is also available at Aloha. 

Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

If you want to embark on a staycation where you can truly unplug and reset, then visit the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe on 111 Country Club Way. Indulgent facials, flotation therapy, and deep muscle renewal massage packages are sure to make you feel glad you stayed in town. 

The Sanctuary Kings Beach

Over in Crystal Bay on the California/Nevada border (205 Stateline Rd.), The Sanctuary is all about protecting the mind, body, and soul with yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, and reiki options in its bright, relaxing studio. But that’s not all…health professionals on staff also provide ayurveda, health coaching, nutrition counseling services, and naturopathic cancer care. They also have one of the best deals for locals who are into yoga- first time students can enjoy unlimited yoga for 30 days for $75.

See you at the gym, at the spa, or on the slopes soon!

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