Our reporters scoured the area for the latest and greatest in central Indiana. Below is the very best in health and beauty from our December 2019 edition of Best of Indy.
The Swedish fitness trend of picking up jogging and trash has arrived in Indy. Every second Saturday of the month Keep Indianapolis beautiful Teams with the November project and a brewery for their plogging series. “It’s a full body workout, not just cardio, but arm and core as well,” says Ashley Haynes of KIB. Gloved on, ploggers fill garbage bags with funky socks and crispy take-out bins as they jog through the brewery’s neighborhood and swap their filled sacks for a free beer. Ploggers cleared public property in Haughville (Herrmann Brewthers), Windsor Park (Centerpoint Brewing Company) and 86th Street (Big Lug Canteen) in 2019. The events will resume in spring.
We can’t all be UFC fighters, but we can do 50 minute boxing and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) training developed by real UFC coaches. Todd Wood opened the first local franchise from Class UFC Gym (14741 Hazel Dell Crossing, Noblesville, 317-900-7905) in Noblesville earlier this year after returning home from serving in Afghanistan and wanting a facility that combined fitness and self-defense training. “It’s not about fighting. It’s about developing a fighting spirit, ”says Wood. Next up is a 27,000 square foot location in Whitestown with childcare and additional classes like yoga.
Yoga for everyone
Charlie Redd was a lifelong dancer looking for ways to keep moving as an adult. But yoga wasn’t on her radar until she saw a black woman on the cover of the Yoga Journal in a bookstore and thought, whoa, black people do yoga? She started taking classes, became certified to teach, started working in studios, and saw firsthand that modern yoga was aimed at a community that didn’t look like hers. She wanted to create a space for people who felt left out – all ages, black and brown, weird and with different body types and income levels. Haven yoga (309 W. 42nd St., 463-207-3497) opened last year in the near north and offers $ 10 drop-in classes and community workshops that focus on black women and other people who largely are excluded from yoga culture. “It’s nice to get in touch with people who never thought this was for them,” she says.
Place to get lines
Ready to leave the old school? Black orchid hairdressers (355 Indiana Ave., 317-829-5740; 820 E. 116th St., Carmel, 317-829-5740) is the location for elevated cuts. Don’t be intimidated by the noisy setup and even louder soundtrack. The new variant of a classic hairdressing salon that offers hot shaves, beard cuts and dissolves appeals to nostalgic boomers as well as millennials. However, their craft is most evident in the revival of the trend lines of the 90s. Under the direction of owner Travis Moore, the hairdressers elevate the simplest short doses to a geometric masterpiece.
Place to heal
You could pull on an Achilles tendon and explore all of the new treatments for pain in town – cryotherapy, compression sleeves, zero gravity neurospa chairs. The recovery room (200 E. 186th St., Westfield, 317-798-8130; 4654 Kilarney Dr., Carmel, 317-689-9933) is one of the few places that offers all three. In the Carmel Center with the facilities of a spa you can also use the vibrating foam rollers and hypervolt massagers for free. Everything in the facility is designed to relieve pain, increase mobility, and promote recovery. Logistically it works like a gym. You don’t need an appointment and once you’ve checked in at the front desk, you can stay as long as you want and use the equipment in the building for a flat fee ($ 40 daily pass; $ 90 unlimited monthly).
The athleisure crowd has been counting in the north of the city for years Green apple boutique (70 N. Main St., Zionsville, 317-586-8727) to carry nearly every known brand of activewear. Alo, K-Deer, Beyond Yoga – the list is as long as your favorite leggings. But Green Apple recently became one of the few local boutiques to offer a subscription service (the Core Box) where customers pay a $ 20 fee and receive a collection of items that have been handpicked by stylists. Keep one thing and get $ 10 off your purchase. Keep everything and get this discount plus 10 percent discount on the entire collection.
Mobile nail salon
For a funky manicure without the trip to the living room, Neat mobile nail salonThe intricate nail art of (317-617-0241) is hard to beat. Skilled esthetician Lindsay Wainscott’s mani and pedi pad pops up all over town, but pops up frequently in Onatah in Fountain Square and at Grounded Plant & Floral Co. near Woodruff Place (where you’ll likely shop anyway). Wainscott is gentle on your cuticles and is devoted to detail – she can turn a single nail into a cupcake or paint a snake that stretches across all five fingers. A 45 minute session costs $ 35, and Neat always gets it ready.
Healthy cooking classes
Chef Audrey Barron will “teach” you how to cook in her classes Ezra’s lighted cafe (6516 Ferguson St., 317-255-3972) in Broad Ripple. Sessions include the gluten-free guru who prepares raw foods like spicy “cheeky” kale chips, as well as gluten and dairy-free preparations like a top-quality flatbread that everyone in the class can try. According to Barron, a plant-based diet with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and legumes is not only good for your heart, but also leads to improved immunity and increased energy levels. The next session, Feel Good: Holiday Dishes, on December 18, will feature plant-based versions of seasonal staples. Their $ 35 fee includes a package of recipes to help you make meal times for any carnivorous doubters at home.
Healthy food preparation
The busier we get, the worse we eat and the rougher we feel. So it’s no wonder that companies that prepare meals like (heart-healthy) mushrooms emerged. But we are partial to that Healthy eating cafe (8028 S. Emerson Ave., 317-476-2361), where you can customize your order online, schedule a pick-up time, and grab a grass-fed grilled steak with green garlic and herb beans from the kitchen on the south side. An extensive menu with prepared dinners promises local, seasonal ingredients and meets all nutritional needs, from vegan to gluten-free. Some meals (like the spicy jerk seitan with broccoli) are portioned for singles, while others (fried free-range chicken dinner with organic sweet potatoes) feed the entire clan. If you can’t make it during business hours, you can get quinoa and yam pilaf or custom bowls from the kiosk outside the cafe 24/7.
Laura Knight’s cake-shaped soap looks like it was picked from an Alice in Wonderland tea party. The best-selling variety of cactus flowers masquerades as a raspberry-pink-topped piece of matcha fudge. Big Eye BeautyThe sweet smelling foam (317-956-4574) is more like confectionery than detergent, but the soapy liquor fights aging with natural ingredients like green tea, castor oil, and chia seeds. Find them at Rebel Vintage in Broad Ripple for the holiday season or online at Knight’s Etsy boutique.
CBD’s reputation for treating pain and improving sleep has made it big business, but knowing what to get at the grocery store isn’t easy. Enter To grow Cart delivery. Co-founder Rebecca Raffle employs local mothers to supply CBD products – balms, oils, gummy bears – across central Indiana. They only sell products from hemp growers who have visited them. “Not all CBD products are created equal,” says Raffle.
At $ 4,295 for a treadmill or $ 2,245 for a high-tech stationary bike, it’s a good idea to give it a try PelotonProducts (The Fashion Mall, 317-820-2654) before buying. Because of this, it is common for shoppers to sweat the details in yoga pants in the Fashion Mall’s new showroom. During a 30-minute trial on the profile or bike, try out a class of the fitness company preferred by celebrities like Kate Hudson to Jimmy Fallon. For $ 39 a month, members can choose from thousands of on-demand courses taught by professional cyclists and live DJs, and up to 20 per day are streamed live into their living rooms. If you’re shy about exercising in front of all the posh passers-by, head to one of the private exercise rooms in the background.