Up Your Wellness Game in Charlotte: Retreats, Eats & the best workouts

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After a year when your fitness and health may have looked… drastically different, many of us are ready to up our health and wellness game. Here are some of our recommendations for retreats, healthy and delicious eats, and fun, engaging ways to sweat and get moving.

Go on a Wellness Retreat

EMPOWERED Women’s Retreat
Hosted by Charlotte yoga teacher and lifestyle coach Carole Frey, this retreat in Tulum, Mexico November 15-20 will combine yoga, chakra work, journaling, and plenty of rest and relaxation in a stunning setting. You can attend solo or with a loved one or friend.

KUR Health Spa Day Retreat
Book yourself a full day’s escape at KUR Health Spa on Park Road to fully rejuvenate and rest. Enjoy services like salt therapy, infrared sauna, massage, lymphatic drainage and more.

Grab Healthy Eats

Plant Joy
Plant Joy is Charlotte’s top healthy plant-forward food stall: the final installment to the Camp North End food scene, bringing healthy vegan dishes with a twist. The Falafel Stack is a can’t miss meal that is served nacho style with all fresh and vegan ingredients in their Mediterranian style dishes.

Green Brothers Juice Co.
Green Brothers Juice Co. strives to empower people to be healthy and happy through their nutrient dense recipes. Try the Crave-a-Bowl, made with acai, blueberry, banana, cold brew coffee and almond milk blended, and topped with strawberry, hazelnut spread, coconut flake, hemp seed, granola and honey. 

Green Brothers
Green Brothers

Fern, Flavors from the Garden
With a focus on plant-based and southern cuisine, Fern, Flavors from the Garden has a variety of healthy menu options to still give you a taste of home.  The chimichanga contains tofu sofritas, mixed vegetables, cashew queso and avocado, and served with salsa and tortilla chips.  

Living Kitchen
Who says burgers can’t be healthy? Living Kitchen’s fire & brimstone burger is made with a quinoa and millet burger patty, and topped with chipotle sunflower seed hummus, tomato, red onion, guacamole, sprouts, and fire & brimstone sauce.

Fun Workouts in the QC

Fly High with AerialCLT
There aren’t many ways to get fit and look beautiful while doing it, but consider the trapeze, hanging silks, and lyra apparatus at AerialCLT three of them. Develop strength, flexibility, and balance through this fun, airborne art form.

US National Whitewater Center
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Raft, Zip, Climb, and Trek at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Consider the Whitewater Center your informal gym this summer. Between whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, running, and obstacle course-ing, the Whitewater Center is a workout with no shortage of adventure (or craft beer). So, replace those dumbbells with a paddle and choose to work out on the water this summer.

Sweat with Free STAX Outdoor Bootcamps
Let former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss whip you into shape at one of Charlotte’s biggest bootcamps, happening every Monday and Wednesday at STAX. Best part? It’s outside. Wait, no, best part: it’s FREE. They don’t have beer but they do have Randy Moss, so I’d say it’s still pretty cool.

Reach New Heights at Inner Peaks South End
When the heat’s too much and the elliptical is not enough, head over to Inner Peaks indoor rock climbing center. Climb alone or with friends for a challenging and fun workout for the body and mind. And, at it’s new South End location, you’ll be perfectly situated near all the hoppin’ breweries for a post-climb crawl.