Travel Tips

In honor of Thanksgiving travel, and my own trek from west to east to spend some QT with my family and friends…I thought I would do a little research on the best bars to check out while at the airport!

My home airport is Denver (DIA)…so why not start there! A few places you should check out if you’re ever at DIA for a good cocktail are:

1) CRU Wine Bar

2) New Belgium Hub

3) Root Down

Some other recommended airport restaurants/bars are:

Enjoy the holiday! And now you can enjoy the travel!

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Thirsty on Thursday

By: Steph Swogger

In my late teen years and early 20’s  I drank coffee around the clock. My mom owns a deli in New Hampshire, so coffee was readily available and kind of addictive. Natalie can tell you because she worked there for a while, and the both of us never were in short supply of this addiction. A few years ago though I decided that it might be time to cut back on the major caffeine jolt in the afternoon from coffee and switch to green tea. I have found in my research that not only is green tea high in antioxidants which can improve brain and immune system function, but it can increase fat loss and help increase physical performance. Since starting this daily regiment of drinking green tea in the afternoon, I have maintained my weight and been able to sustain my concentration longer. Not only that, but I feel good! I don’t get sick half as often and let’s be honest…what is more comforting on a chilly winter day than climbing on the couch with a warm cup of tea?

Tea pic

So a suggestion from me…think about it the next time you reach for a cup of coffee. In fact, I challenge you to switch up that afternoon soda or coffee for a cup of green tea. Then let us know if you see this difference!

On Wednesdays I Workout

The fact of the matter is,  we have the freedom to make healthy choices. We choose to spend the time exercising, and we choose what to put into our bodies. However, this wonderful freedom can also be the biggest challenge we face on our quest to be fit, healthy, and happy.

I happen to make time to work out at least 5 times a week.I started CrossFit in February of 2014 and have “drank the Kool-Aid” so to speak. This has been a fitness experience that really works for me, and that has a lot to do with the awesome coaching and community at my gym Crossfit Vantage in Denver. This journey has been just as much mental as it has been physical and I just keep feeling better and better!

Today’s WOD (workout of the day):

1 minute each of

Wall Balls

Box Jumps

L-Holds

Sandbag Get-ups

Rest

Repeat for 4 rounds total!

Some of you may not have the access to CrossFit…but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your sweat on! And if you do have access…let me know what your WOD was today!

Here are a couple of recommendations you could check out to get your heart pumpin’!

Way of Gray – High Intensity Interval Training

Couch to 5K

Admittedly, I have not seen as much of the world as I would like! This is a personal mission of mine…with a preferable timeline of “before kids.”

I did, however, go on my first big adventure with my husband this last summer to Greece…more specifically to Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos. This experience taught me a few things about open mindedness and adventure that I will always take with me.

1) Go With the Flow! 

I had my heart set on a day spent on a boat, swimming in the middle of the ocean into caves and beautiful rock formations. I was so excited about this tour, it was all I could talk about for days!  But…the tour we booked didn’t pick us up as scheduled. Cue disappointment! So…we made our own journey and traveled over to the main port, found a ferry to Antiparos , hopped on a hot sticky bus to the complete other side of the island, and happened upon Captain Sargos, a little boat that does ocean and cave tours! We spent the day at a private beach on Despotiko (an uninhabited island), and then swimming in the caves. (Be sure to pack your own drinks, and snacks. Also, definitely try his homemade wine that he shares towards the end of the ride)

Moral of the story- just enjoy the day and find an adventure.

Greece Beach

2) Rent a Four Wheeler or Moped

I’m sure you have all seen images of tourists on four wheelers or mopeds cruising around European streets. So I’m here to confirm that you should definitely do this! In Santorini our four wheeler brought us to Perissa, a black sand beach on one end of the island, and then up to Oia where the sunsets are world renowned! People literally fill the streets just to see the sun sink into the ocean. Note: Get there early and set up in a good spot! It can be very crowded.

In Mykonos, our experience was quite different as our rickety four wheeler decided to break down on us in the middle of one of many hills along the way. Luckily for us, after some cussing, sweating, jumping up and down, and pushing, we happened upon a car repair shop. They got us fixed up, and we enjoyed the rest of the day at Paradise Beach cooling off with Strawberry Daiquiris and clear blue water.

blue four wheeler

3) Make a New Friend

My husband is southern…which means we talk to everyone along the way. You may not really be in to that, but I would recommend giving it a try! We met some amazing people that we are still in touch with today. (Hope you friends get to read this! If so- HEY! and we hope to see you soon!) In fact, if it weren’t for taking the time to meet the folks around me I would have been stranded in the Athens airport for days! Blog post on that one to come.

In summary, travel is a time to come out of your shell, learn about yourself, and try new things!

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