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For a minute, The Mile High City was one of the country’s best-kept secrets. But now, the word is out—this family-friendly, outdoor-loving, up-and-coming city is booming. And the same can be said for the local health and fitness scene. Here’s a rundown of all the reasons to love living, sweating, and staying active in Denver.
If you’re a healthy eater, you won’t have to search hard for something that fits your lifestyle of choice. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, or just want to eat a little better, Denver’s restaurant scene has every meal of the day covered.
Healthy eating is important, but so is balance. Luckily, Denver knows how to brunch, and the options are practically endless. To cure the Sunday Scaries, we chow down on hearty breakfast burritos, dessert-worthy pancakes, local bacon, farm-fresh eggs, and a Bloody Mary from time to time.
When spring makes its appearance, Denver’s farmers markets are bursting with local fruits and veggies, epic food trucks, and plenty of fresh finds. On Saturdays and Sundays, from May until late fall, we bop around to a variety of different vendors. No matter where you stop, don’t skip the neighborhood favorites.
From yoga to cycling and boxing to bootcamp, we love to work out. And if outdoor exercise is your thing, we’ve got you. Head outside for fresh air sweat sessions that get your heart rate climbing and your muscles burning (think Yoga On The Rocks). And if you love fitness classes as much as you love indoor rock climbing, Movement Denver is your one-stop shop. For all of you Pure Barre and SoulCycle addicts, don’t worry—we’ve got all the big names, too.
ICYMI, Denver is a yoga mecca. From name brands to local boutiques, there’s a class for everyone. Traverse the city, and you’ll find Kindness Yoga, BIG Power Yoga, Yoga Pod, and Samadhi Center for Yoga—just to name a few. No matter where you are, there’s probably a yoga studio just around the corner.
Every year, there are countless local races to check out. The Denver Colfax Marathon, Half, and 10-miler are local staples, but there are also plenty of events in the Rocky Mountains. Want to go even longer? The Leadville 100 is monumental, the Ragnar team races are challenging and fun, and the Dirty 30 is a truly epic trail run.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention the many mountains, trails, camping spots, and green spaces nearby. Whether you’re bagging 14ers in the Rockies, pedaling through downtown on one of the city’s many bike trails, or kicking back in Cheesman Park, spending some time soaking up the sun (all 300+ days a year) is a way of life around here.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!