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Monday, July 27, 2009

BLOG-iversary: 1year of the SPARKES WELLNESS blog!!

The SPARKES WELLNESS Blog turns 1year old!!!

So much has happened in the last year! Usually we wait until January 1st to look back on the last year and make goals for the upcoming year. Why wait?!? Now is as good a time as any! So, with the SPARKES WELLNESS' BLOG-iversary I took time to reflect and realized some important goals that I had set and saw manifest since last July.

One goal I had was to develop Sparkes Wellness into a full private practice.
Now it is!...

Sparkes Wellness offers wellness counseling, personal training, dance, stretch, and Thai yoga massage. Schedule a session for one or all of these amazing wellness modalities to ignite health in your body, mind, & soul!

Another specific goal of mine in the last year was to try activities I've always wanted to pursue, but never had the time (or insert any other excuse here) to do.

I challenged myself to expand my general routine of ballet, yoga, and strength training to incorporate new forms of exercise into my life.

Here's a list of links to the exciting new activities and adventures I participated in...

~Indoor Rock Climbing & Gymnastics @ Aviator
~Whitewater Rafting @ Whitewater River Challengers
~Hip Hop dance @ Dance New Amsterdam
~Turkey Trot run @ Prospect Park Track Club
~Jiu Jitsu @ Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
~Lindy Hop dance @ Dance Manhattan and Sandra Cameron Dance Center
~CrossFit Training @ CrossFit Brooklyn
~Tumbling & Trapeze @ Lava
~Rope Course & Zip Line @ Alpine Adventures, New Hampshire
~Lap Swimming @ The Berkeley Carroll School pool
~Dragon Boat Racing with the Stingrays @ Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
~Kickboxing @ Park Slope Fitness Collective
~Pilates @ Park Slope Yoga Center
~5 Rhythms @ Gabrielle Roth's The Moving Center

...all of these activities were fun, social, and active!

Have you tried any new activities yet this year?
If so, Great!, what are they? If not, what is it you'd like to try??

I challenge you all to participate in one of the above (all highly recommended) or find an activity of your own to experiment with this year. You'll work your muscles in a new way, expand your exercise techniques, make new fitness friends, and stimulate your mind.

As a wellness counselor, I can help you find those activities that are so much fun you won't even realize it's exercise!

Let me know how it goes ;)