Lynsi Freitag

Strollers, Sweat and Friendship

2014-04-28 | Lynsi Freitag | Youth


Photo Credit: Kinda Arzon Photography
The transition to motherhood can be elating, exciting and exhausting. New moms often find it difficult to find time for themselves as they take on additional demands while functioning with less sleep. One program’s mission is to focus on the well-being of moms, ensuring they make their physical and emotional health a priority.   You may have seen these groups around the Valley. Until recently, they were called Stroller Strides, and they are a force to be reckoned with. A national fitness program developed specifically for mothers of young children, Stroller Striders take their kiddos for an hour-long stroller ride while moms get a grueling workout by running, doing burpees, lunges, push-ups and whatever else their instructor demands.   They are at Desert Ridge Marketplace five days a week, as well as in Anthem and in Scottsdale, and that’s not all. Stroller Strides is part of a larger brand of fitness programs, Fit4Mom, which has more than 1,300 locations across the... More

Get out of the Heat :: Hike your way to cooler temperatures

2013-06-26 | Lynsi Freitag | Lifestyle


Writer Lynsi Freitag   The weather is cranking up and you are interested in getting out – out of the heat, out of the scorching sun, out in the cool, open air.   Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. There are many gems within Arizona that are perfect for enjoying the outdoors without sweating in the triple digits.   Check out some of our reader favorites:   Sedona – Cathedral Rock The red rock of Sedona’s natural landscape is a must-see in Arizona. It’s an incredibly awe-inspiring and distinctive destination. In addition to the beauty, temperatures are a bit cooler than here in Phoenix, making it an even more attractive destination for hikers.   “I love hiking in Sedona,” says Scottsdale resident Susan West. “Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful and unique, but it’s the perfect place to combine a great workout with a great meal and glass of wine afterward.”   West considers Cathedral Rock one of her favorite hikes in the... More

Let the Hiking Season Commence!

2013-01-27 | Lynsi Freitag | Adventure


Photo Credit: Bryan Black - Blackswan Photographers
Let the Hiking Season Commence!   Spring is around the corner, the weather is turning warmer and Arizonans are embarking on one of our favorite outdoor activities: hiking. The area is bursting with amazing hikes of varying experiences and difficulties. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual hike with friends, families or your puppy, or you are looking for an adventure trail run, there are plenty of options. Here are just a few of our favorites, listed from easiest to most difficult.   Please share some of your favorites with us via email or on our Facebook page.   Cave Creek Trail #4   Difficulty: Easy   Length: 20.8 miles round-trip   Trailhead: Cave Creek & Spur Cross   Location: In the Tonto National Forest at the Seven Springs Recreation Area. To get to the Cave Creek Trailhead, go north on Pima, Scottsdale, or Cave Creek Roads from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Turn right (east) onto Cave Creek Rd. (or continue east if starting on Cave Creek Rd.) until the road turns... More
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