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January 5th, 2015

The Top New Year’s Resolutions—Marina-Style

2015 is here and as it rolls into its first full week, one tradition is happily rolling along with it: The annual New Year’s resolutions. Every year we make them, and for most of us, we break them within the first month. But maybe that’s because we don’t have a game plan! That’s why we’ve decided to put together a Marina del Rey strategy to help you succeed with the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Are you ready? Here we go!

RESOLUTION 1: LOSE WEIGHT

Losing a few pounds after the holidays is so easy when you live in the Marina! First, head up to Rainbow Acres Natural Foods for some healthy groceries and then make a daily plan to walk or ride your bike around town (aka: Walk on the beach, walk through the park or check out the MDR Walking Guide for more walking ideas). It sounds so basic, but the right foods and a 45-minute brisk stroll can do wonders for your body and mind.

RESOLUTION 2: VOLUNTEER

According the USA.Gov, volunteering to help others is high on the list of top resolutions. There are tons of volunteer opportunities in our area from helping Forte Animal Rescue with a number of needs to helping kids see their potential through the LifeSail team.

RESOLUTION 3: GET FIT

Losing weight is one thing, but getting in prime shape is a whole other resolution challenge. Oh boy, does Marina del Rey have opportunities to make that one happen! Check out Morning Crunch Boot Camp and whip your body into shape in five hard-core weeks. If you want a less high-impact fitness routine, do some hot yoga at Bikram Yoga or build long, lean muscles with the ballet-inspired Bar Method.

RESOLUTION 4: EAT HEALTHIER FOOD

With our fabulous restaurants and grocery stores, this one is a breeze to keep in Marina del Rey. As mentioned above, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods is a terrific spot to find fresh, organic, healthy groceries and there’s also a great Whole Foods in Venice. If you’re into eating out, you can find healthy options pretty much anywhere in the Marina—try a simple grilled salmon at the Chart House, head to Tony P’s for their Healthy Choice Char-Broiled Chicken Breast Platter or for vegans, try Kale Chips and the Red Quinoa Bowl at Cast & Plow at the Ritz Carlton.

RESOLUTION 5: MAKE A HOME-MOVE

The “move” resolution can be a biggie and if you’re not already living the Marina del Rey lifestyle, take our word for it—it doesn’t get better than this (especially if you live right by the water!). There are some amazing apartment communities around town so if you’re ready—take a looksee and make it happen.

 

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015? Let us know what they are!

 

Holidays

December 23rd, 2014

The 2015 New Year’s Eve Guide to Fun & Food

Is December on warp speed or what? It’s hard to believe we’re already one week away from 2015. So how should we commemorate the end of a great 2014 and the beginning of another fabulous year in paradise? Since we live close to some of the best celebrations on the coast, we have a lot of options available to us. From incredible NYE dinners right in town to family-friendly celebrations down the beach to spectacular parties out at sea, there’s definitely something for everyone. Take a look at our New Year’s Eve Fun List and start making your plans (and reservations) today.