Fun with Fitness and Food for Summer

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It seems that spring is prime weight loss and fitness season, but Summer is actually the perfect time to get healthier and become more active! Most people have more time, thanks to summer fridays, and more energy because we have longer days and warmer nights. So here are some fun ways to get outside, get some fresh air, and energize your summer.

Fitness

imagesLooking for great beach abs this summer? It’s not too late, check out Pilates4Fitness boutique offering classical pilates equipment & mat sessions, as well as full body movement training using TRX suspension. The studio is used by both men and women from all over Hudson County. Director/owner Gina Jackson says her students report she has a reputation of “kicking butt, albeit with a lot of love.” She models a healthy lifestyle in her work, teaching and personal living, and Gina is an inspiration, I’ve know her for close to 10 years!

If you’re a yoga queen like me, you’ll be looking for a fun outdoor yoga venue. Check out Yoga on the 12th St Pier, Maxwell Place, Hoboken with Flexible Rhythm Yoga. The 12th St Pier is one of Hoboken’s newest gorgeous waterfront parks. Sessions are held under the steel canopy on the pier, providing shade and a beautiful view. The series begins on Saturday June 1st at 9:30am and is scheduled for Saturday mornings, 9:30am and Wednesday eves at 7pm through the end of September — taught by Kelly Naughton, RYT, RN. Go to HobokenNJ.org/register to sign up. All updates regarding online registration status, weather cancellations or any additional comp sessions are posted on Facebook.com/Yogativity.

And don’t forget to check out Well + Good NYC’s brandnew summer guide with activities throughout all of New York’s neighborhoods!

Get Fresh at the Farmer’s Market

The Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market (supported by the The Quality of Life Coalition) has opened, with fresh strawberries, sweet corn, and those famous Jersey tomatoes.

It starts today, June 6, and will run through October — open Thursdays from 2 pm to 7 pm (the market will be closed on July 4 for the holiday). The new, earlier opening time is in response to customer demand. You wanted your veggies sooner, and the market is happy to deliver! The convenient time and location at the corner of 13th & Hudson Street ensures that residents of uptown Hoboken and beyond will have an opportunity to load up on some freshly picked salad greens for Thursday night’s dinner or a scrumptious blueberry pie for the weekend barbeque.

baby-kaleThe Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market is excited to announce a few new vendors in the mix this season. Alan’s Flower Farm, of Chesterfield, NJ will be joining the market each week with fresh cut flowers and produce from his farm.

Additionally, I’ll be there to give live demonstrations and veggie education — on the third Thursday of each month.

On the final Thursday of each month, Hobokenites can bring their dull kitchen knifes to the market, where Neil’s Sharpening Service will revive the blades to full tomato slicing capacity.

These new faces join returning vendors Stony Hill Farms of Chester, Gina’s Bakery of Montclair, Hoboken Farms, and customer favorite, Dr. Pickle, who will happily give customers a sample of any of his briny, delicious olives, roasted peppers and pickles, of course! As a certified ‘Jersey Fresh’ market, the customer can be assured that the fresh produce is grown right here in New Jersey.

dark-cherriesAs in years past, the market is committed to helping our neighbors in Hoboken who have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of each day, vendors are encouraged to donate leftover produce to the Hoboken Shelter, which is celebrating its thirtieth year of service to our community. Additionally, eligible customers are welcome to use WIC (Women, Infants & Children Program) coupons with participating vendors.

Be sure to catch the other farmer’s market locations including Hoboken Family Farmers’ Market which features locally grown and organic products, music and family-oriented activities every Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm through Nov. 23 at the 14th and Garden St pedestrian plaza.

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