Many of us are excited to sweep 2016 into the rearview mirror and focus on being a healthy, organized, well-rounded person in the coming twelve months. Some of the most common New Year's resolutions can be fulfilled with opportunities and products from right here in Arizona.
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We gathered the six most popular New Year's Resolutions and gave them a Localist twist! Check out this guide for useful tips, inspiration, and resources to make your 2017 goals a reality.
1. EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE
Fitness and wellness goals top many of our New Year's Resolution lists. Unfortunately, they also seem to be the first one's we give up. I get it, the idea of hitting the gym everyday seems empowering at the start of the year, but once the next season of our favorite show is available to binge-watch it becomes a little more difficult to emerge from our cocoon of blankets. That's okay! 2017 is the year we break the "giving-up" cycle. All we have to do is keep these simple guidelines in mind:
- Don't let a number define your success: fitness is more than just decreasing a number on the scale or exercising a specific number of times each week. Setting number- or frequency-specific goals tend to be more discouraging than motivational. We tend to overlook simple activities - such as forgoing the elevator for a trip up the stairs or taking the dog on a walk - that can count towards our exercise goals.
- Find an exercise you actually enjoy: crazy concept, right? If running on the treadmill starts to feel like a chore, spice up your routine! Take your activity outside and explore one of the many beautiful trails throughout one of many Arizona State Parks or some of these other non traditional activities in Northern AZ outlined here:
Clarkdale Kayak Company - Run by two best buds, their amazing wives and a cadre of dedicated team members - Hop in one of their top of the line, hard-shell kayaks and cruise down the scenic Verde River.
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours (Flagstaff) - Full-service, guide-owned, local Grand Canyon tour company that offers luxury, eco-friendly, full service guided tours.
Grand Canyon Adventures (Flagstaff) - One of the premier tour agencies operating in the American Southwest - offering Grand Canyon Tours from Flagstaff, Horseshoe Bend Tours, and Antelope Canyon Tours.
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (Flagstaff) - Provides a safe, fun, physical and unique outdoor experience in the trees. FLG X challenges customers to push their limits and overcome their fears in a supportive environment.
"Adventure Where We Live" (Rim Country) - Home to the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world, greater Rim Country encompasses 27 communities to make one remarkable region, jam packed with activities and adventures to explore.
Jack Malmgren Memorial Skate Park (Sedona) - The skate park is designed for all skill levels; beginners to advanced level skaters. Conducive for skateboards, roller skates, inline skates, BMX bicycles and scooters.
Spirit Rising Yoga & Healing (Cottonwood) - Classes are all individual, organic and non GMO, Spirit Rising is 100% Organic. Each class is crafted for who is in the room and your specific personal needs.
Ethereal Movement (Flagstaff) - Explore the world of Parkour - an art of of movement where one trains not only their strength, power, flexibility, mobility, endurance, and stamina, but also his/her understanding of movement in any environment.
Local Gym Memberships
Cottonwood Rec Center - Year-round, multi-generational facility that provides recreation activities and is a gathering place for all ages. It contains a fitness training area, an indoor leisure pool, sport gymnasium, climbing wall, baby sitting area for 2 - 6 year olds and community events hall.
2. EAT HEALTHIER
Eating healthier doesn't have to be boring! There are plenty of healthy tweaks you can add to your favorite recipes to take them a step in the right direction. Thankfully, we live in a bountiful region with plenty of fresh-food options. Exploring seasonal produce is a fun way to introduce healthier options into your diet.
Good Food Finder AZ
Good Food Finder AZ (GFF) is an Arizona statewide, online directory of local foods. Our goal is to provide a hub where consumers and institutional food buyers alike can learn about and connect with Arizona’s local food providers in order to shorten food supply chains, improve access to local, healthy foods, and strengthen community resilience to create a healthier, sustainable food system in Arizona.
Our Resources pages provide complementary information about food education opportunities, food access programs, and more to come. On our Blog, we provide further information on nutrition and healthy food preparation, local foods issues, farm and local food business tours, and personal food stories. We also produce a monthly local foods newsletter, The Locavore, that features local food events and news.
Health, Organic, & Local Food Options
The Fish's Garden (Camp Verde) - An aquaponics farm that produces both fish, vegetables and herbs. Fish and produce is sold locally, to ensure freshness and quality while reducing the impact on the environment.
Arizona Grass-Raised Beef Company (Chino Valley) - Aiming to remain 100% transparent in their sustainable practices, minimize their carbon footprint, and to produce the highest quality grass fed, grass finished products.
Flagstaff Nut House - Providing healthy snacks in-store and online. Specialty items include freshly made flavored popcorn, organic roasted nuts, and Delicious berry mixes.
Huppybar (Flagstaff) - Enjoy handcrafted, all natural whole food energy bars so delicious they may be their own wonder of the world! "Make your body happy, have a Huppy!"
Proper Meats & Provisions (Flagstaff) - All of their meats are humanely & sustainably raised, & can be traced directly back to the source in a throwback to the days when farmers & purveyors monitored every step in the farm-to-table process.
Tepa Burger (Flagstaff) - A locally handcrafted, premium quality, meat substitute, that is also clean and allergen-free. Products are handcrafted from whole tepary beans, whole sunflower kernels, whole oats and whole grain blue corn, whole fresh vegetables and wood smoked spices.
Senses (Prescott) - Enjoy "pop-up" dinners featuring exquisite food that will surprise and delight your senses. Offering a unique, locally-sourced dining experience like nothing else.
Indian Gardens Cafe & Market (Sedona) - Originally built in the 1940s to serve as a general store and gas station for Oak Creek Canyon, it is now a destination for locals and visitors alike looking for casual, quality dining in a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere.
Local Juicery (Sedona) - A chef-driven organic, cold-pressed juice bar and superfood kitchen that uses only the most vibrant organic produce and supports local farmers. Preparing a wide variety of cold-pressed organic juices, nut + seed mylks, tonics, smoothies, açaí bowls, seasonal salads, coffee, high-vibe vegan fare and raw treats.
Local food packs more nutrition, is less processed and has more of the things your body needs like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein; and it has less of the things you don’t want, like additives, preservatives, and other chemicals. It has been shown that people that shop at farmers markets often eat more fruits and vegetables and are more active in general.
6th Street Urban Market (Cottonwood) - Saturdays & Sundays
Payson Farmers Market - May 28th through September 10th
Prescott Farmers Market - November 12th through April 29th
Verde Valley Farmers Market (Camp Verde) - June 7th - October 4th
3. UNPLUG & RECONNECT
What better way to connect with your community than volunteer at some of your local non-profit agencies.
Angie's House (Cottonwood) - provides immediate housing for qualified residents impacted by addiction, homelessness and mental illness.
Friends of the Verde River Greenway (Cottonwood) - works collaboratively for a healthy Verde River.
Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona (Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Sedona) - works on the development and operation of high-impact services that help put people to work.
Verde Valley Archaeology Center (Camp Verde) - protects Verde Valley heritage through preservation, conservation and education.
Little Colorado River Plateau (Holbrook) - dedicated to assisting Community-based Action Teams turn their hopes into reality; specializing in natural resource grant application, management and administration.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff - connects people with the amazing natural environments of northern Arizona's Colorado Plateau.
Friends of Flagstaff's Future - promotes an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically prosperous community.
Green Verde Verte (Flagstaff) - invests in the local food economy.
Second Chance Center for Animals (Flagstaff) - a unique dog/cat rescue organization, exclusively rescuing from 37 other rescue organizations.
Learn Something New
Art Glitter (Cottonwood) - Participate in a variety of crafting projects: from glitter tattoos to nail art!
Studio Z (Cottonwood) - Visiting tourists can come for an hour experience and make lasting memories that will be shipped to their home. Locals looking for a fun adventure, such as a romantic night out, ladies 'wine & wheel' or a birthday treat, can have a customized event created.
Everyday Crochet (Chino Valley) - A local shop where you can find fiber products and associated accessories for use in crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving and felting.
Terrior Seeds (Chino Valley) - Offering expert gardening advice to help you grow your best garden.
AZ Music Pro (Flagstaff) - Learning an instrument gives you a lifelong interest that can develop into a passion. Arizona Music Pro places a high value on seeing every music student succeed.
HomCo Lumber & Hardware (Flagstaff) - Friendly staff will help you execute your home projects. They also offer monthly "young builder" classes for the kiddos.
4. SAVE MORE
2017 is the year to take control of your financing! Utilize local resources to help save up in the most efficient way.
Local FINANCE ASSISTANCE
Four Peaks Wealth Management (Flagstaff) - Offering financial planning, investment management, social security, education, retirement, insurance, tax, estate, and 401K planning.
Sterling Financial Services (Sedona) - Provides QuickBooks© trainings that will help you maintain your books and records.
Local Banks and Credit Unions
Alliance Bank of Arizona (Flagstaff)
Coconino Federal Credit Union (Flagstaff)
We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful and treasure-ful states in our country. Have you explored all that Arizona has to offer?
Small Wonders Map
The Local First Arizona Small Wonders maps feature independently-owned shopping and dining destinations and have found their way into the hands of tourists, students and local residents longing for unique experiences to share. These pocket sized maps are your guides to find locally owned restaurants, retail shops and unique experiences in select cities in Arizona. Our Small Wonders collection includes Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix (Central), Phoenix (Arcadia, Gilbert, Calle Diesiseis, Madison), Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, and the Verde Valley.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Verde Adventures (Cottonwood)
Inspire Shuttle (Flagstaff)
Ride Local (Prescott)
NORTHERN ARIZONA ATTRACTIONS
Verde Valley Archaeology Center - Camp Verde
Arizona Copper Art Museum - Clarkdale
Verde Canyon Railroad - Clarkdale
Blazin' M Ranch - Cottonwood
Big Pine Comedy Festival - Flagstaff
Ghost Town Tours - Jerome
Jerome Art Walk - Jerome
Black Mesa Ranch - Snowflake
Sedona Delivers Wine Tours - Verde Valley
Wine Tours of Sedona - Verde Valley
Hullabaloo Festivals - Northern Arizona
Distant Drums RV Resort - Camp Verde
Cottonwood Hotel - Cottonwood
The Tavern Hotel - Cottonwood
The Conner Hotel - Jerome
The Grand Highland Hotel - Prescott
Granite Creek Cottage (Sloan Cottage) - Prescott
Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites - Tuba City
6. RECONNECT WITH YOUR INNER BOOK WORM
Escaping into the world of literature is even more enjoyable with the help of your local bookstore!
Barefoot Cowgirl Books (Flagstaff) - Enjoy some art as you peruse the bountiful book selections. For the months of November and December the Cowgirl ill be hosting the gorgeous photography of Kathleen Croft.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange (Flagstaff) - There's always something happening at Bookmans, from Saturday Morning Storytime to In-Store Giveaways (they will be giving away tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival on January 15th!).
Peregrine Book Company (Prescott) - More than just a bookstore, Peregrine hosts a variety of events including: LGBT Book Club, Board Game Night, Children's Story Time, Open Mic Poetry, and Author Presentations.
The Old Sage Bookshop (Prescott) - This quaint but mighty bookstore located in Hotel St. Michael's Alley of Shops features most subjects with emphasis on regional and natural history, and Native American culture. Be sure to check their site for upcoming book signing events.