As most of us know by now, staying healthy requires a synergistic approach. Exercise alone is
not enough, nor is eating the right foods. The effects of cortisol, the “stress hormone” can take a
toll on the body, just as physical ailments may eventually take a psychological one and should be addressed. Research on alternative therapies and treatments has shown that taking care of the mind and spirit can have a significant impact on overall personal wellness. When you’ve decided it’s time to focus on the health of your whole self, you’ll find many practitioners in the Bay Area who can help.
For many of us, our childhood years and high school careers were filled with competitive sports. Whether we ran cross country, played baseball, swam the butterfly or hurled the shotput, our bodies were in near constant motion. Then came the desk decades, with a little hiking or biking on the weekends, maybe some pick-up basketball or early mornings at the gym.
But now, watching the kids out on the field as they battle the competition, we find ourselves longing to once again be part of a team. Here in Lamorinda, there are plenty of options for grown-ups who want to play like a kid again.
Getting Out on the Field
Your five year old is bouncing off the walls. Time to find a positive way to channel all that energy. Fortunately here in Lamorinda, it’s never too early to get them running up and down the field, a win for both the kids and you. Sports are a big part of life, with many a weekend spent on the sidelines chatting with other parents and cheering on your favorite contender. Don’t miss out! Getting a spot on the team can often mean getting online months before the season to ensure your child gets a chance to toss, kick or carry that ball.
When you have pre-swimmers or young kids (or just need a change of pace), a splash pad is an excellent change of pace from the pool, the park or the average playdate. Locally, Moraga Commons provides parents with an easy-to-access splash pad that’s conveniently located (with super easy parking!) at the intersections of St. Mary’s Road and Moraga Way.
Found some free time and want to get outside? The Lafayette Reservoir (the “Rez”) a repuation as Lafayette’s favorite meeting spot. Meeting a friend? “The Rez”, going for a jog? “The Rez”, want to get in a killer workout (upper rim!)? “The Rez” Mommy stroller time? “The Rez”.
Usually referred to simply as “The Rez,” it includes a large basin of water and a number of paths and trails to explore. The water is bordered by a paved path that is about three miles, but there are hiking options for a longer walk. People bring their dogs, families, and bikes to exercise here, but don’t be fooled: there is lots more to this place than going around in a circle!
Cycling is a big sport anywhere you go. In one form or another, people love to ride. While different places are often best suited towards one form of riding or another, one thing is for sure: people don’t want to give up the pedal. Between mountain biking and road cycling; road reigns supreme - and studio cycling exists in abundance but the Peloton is gaining traction as more and more people realize that a dynamic workout can be had in their living room or garage.