Last year’s 30 days of fitness was quite a success. To become part of the list for 2015, email Chela Counts at

Best Self Atlanta 30 Days of Fitness blog seriesAll of us at Best Self Atlanta Magazine wish you a very happy New Year. But this year, we’re going beyond wishing: we’re here to jump start the New Year with you through our 30 Days of Fitness blog series.

Beginning January 1, we will travel around town to participate in a variety of fitness classes and activities – one per day. Our Best Self staff will take turns visiting the newest gyms and the tried-and-true workouts, getting a diverse view of the fitness options in the city. As we complete each day of fitness, we’ll blog about it to let you know where to go and what to expect from each gym or workout class.

Our daily blogs will help you stay inspired to achieve your resolutions, and they’ll give you new ideas of ways to change up your workout routine. Be sure to like us on Facebook to catch each update, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the links as we go through the month.

Below are the links to our posts about each day of fitness. If you’ve tried these workouts as well or have favorites of your own, tell us about them in the comments!

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30


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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month

I was recently invited to try Orangetheory Fitness when they launched in Atlanta, and even better for me, in Sandy Springs. My friends in New York and Los Angeles love this place, and even though the classes sounded tough and competitive I was up for the challenge to reach the “Orange Zone.” The class structure is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, burning up to 500 to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute session. What makes this workout different and highly motivating is each person wears a heart monitor so he/she can follow their heart rates on TV screens throughout the session, with the target goal of reaching the “Orange Zone”, resulting in the Orange Effect — a.k.a. maximum fat burning for up to 36 hours post-workout! Grab your free first class pass on their website

Orangetheory Fitness

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Hydro-Clinic, BuckheadAfter overindulging during the holidays, sitting through a long flight, or recovering from a nasty cold, you may need a pick-me-up. The new Hydro-Clinic in Buckhead, led by internal medicine physician Dr. Robert Kaufmann, can assess your needs and then administer a minimally invasive hydration treatment through an IV. The treatments last about 30 minutes, and you can enjoy a spa-like environment as you revitalize. Treatments start at $29.

Details: 3872 Roswell Road, Suite A-3, Atlanta, GA,

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Authentic Beauty‘s Alyson Hoag is here with her tips for party-ready holiday makeup to help you look your best this New Year’s Eve.

Alyson Hoag from Authentic BeautyWhat is one way to glam up your makeup for the holiday season?

Try adding a bold lip color. It will always transition you into being party-read! Also think about lash extensions so your lashes always loo gorgeous.

What is the one staple every makeup bag should have?

Lip gloss. I love the Beauty For Real Gloss in my bag because it has an LED light on the wand and a mirror on the packaging. It’s great for touch-ups.

If someone wants to make a big change, what would you recommend?

Try taking an Image Journey and discover what you want to look like. We offer a self-discovery makeup lesson to assist you in having your image be a reflection of your authentic self. Having the clarity of what you want to achieve before shopping for makeup will save you tons of time, money and frustration.

What is a popular makeup trend to try this season?

Metallic shadows with a liquid liner and the highly glamorous look of a strong eye and red lip.


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Blissful Blue Razz GNO Margarita This New Year’s, share a fun, fruity drink with your friends from Girls Nite Out Margaritas, who recently launched four ready-to-serve flavors of margaritas: Blissful Blue Razz, Mystical Mango, Wild Watermelon and Playful Pomegranate. GNO Margaritas was created by local resident Tess Trippi, who is passionate about giving back to the community and donates a percentage of annual sales to the Autism Speaks Foundation. $16.99


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Recycle your Christmas tree at Bring One For The ChipperThis year, keep your Christmas tree out of a landfill by recycling it at the statewide “Bring One for the Chipper” event on January 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chris Helm from The Davey Tree Expert Company explains that recycled trees are used in many ways: as mulch for landscaping projects, as fish habitats in lakes, and as fuel. Last year, 164,806 trees were collected, and the program has recycled 5.9 million trees in its 20 years. To find your drop-off site, go to

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Donate pet supplies to the Helping Hounds ClubIf local shelter dogs could talk, they would be saying “thank you!” to Michelle Osborne from Pope High School for founding the Helping Hounds Club. She founded the Helping Hounds Club at her school in East Cobb, and the group’s mission is to promote awareness of the plight of these homeless animals. Michelle and 73 of her classmates do so by volunteering their time and energy cleaning shelters, collecting and distributing much-needed pet supplies, and participating in pet adoption days.

To make a donation to the Helping Hounds Club, contact the club sponsor Megan Smith at The group is also accepting pet supplies like food and treats, gently used collars, leashes, bowls, toys, towels and blankets.

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Dr. Jeffrey Gallups of The ENT InstituteIn this Best Health article, Dr. Jeffrey Gallups from The ENT Institute encourages you to learn about silent reflux before resorting to surgical measures to treat sinusitis.

When patient Beverly R. suffered through her twentieth bout of sinusitis, her primary care doctor recommended surgery to fix the problem. Unfortunately, it was after the pain, expense and downtime of the surgery that Beverly discovered the source of her continuing sinus infections wasn’t blocked sinuses. It was her diet and silent reflux.

Often overlooked and misdiagnosed, acid reflux affects 40 percent of Americans. The backflow of stomach acid can not only irritate your esophagus, but your ears, nose, throat, vocal cords, sinuses, mouth and lungs. American diets have become very acidic. Bottled and canned food, carbonated sodas and fried food all contain high amounts of acid and contribute to the reflux epidemic.

There is a wide range of common silent reflux symptoms, including hoarseness, cough, sinusitis, burning throat, trouble swallowing, snoring and apnea, asthma and shortness of breath. Sadly, most physicians don’t test for reflux because they don’t know it can be the root of all these problems.

Through a series of diagnostic tests, including sinus scans, esophageal and lung screenings, physicians can determine whether the patient may be treated through medical therapy and lifestyle changes, or if surgery is required. A Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication tightens the valve between the stomach and esophagus, preventing acid from refluxing up into the esophagus and sensitive areas of the throat, nose, lungs and sinuses. Luckily for Beverly R., her silent reflux is under control with medication and diet. She now tells her friends with sinus issues to visit an ENT before a visit to the surgery center. Today, four out of five patients don’t have asthma; they have reflux. The good news is, with the right medication, diet and guidance from your doctor, you can get silent reflux under control.


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Synergy HomecareAround the holidays, seniors may struggle to set up decorations the way they used to. Thankfully, Synergy HomeCare is here to help! As seen in this clip from CBS Atlanta, the employees of Synergy HomeCare call themselves Elder Elves, and they set up Christmas trees and other holiday decorations for their clients to bring them joy this time of year. They also help them with their holiday shopping, wrapping gifts, sending Christmas cards, and even helping them deliver their gifts to friends and family. If you know of someone who could benefit from this type of care, don’t hesitate to reach out to Synergy HomeCare to ensure their needs are met.

Details: Visit, or call their local office at 404-270-9032

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Fresh Produce ClothingWhen you aren’t feeling your best, often the last thing you want to do is go shopping–this is even more true if you’re dealing with or recovering from cancer, various surgeries and other difficult illnesses. But at Fresh Produce Clothing in the Mall of Georgia, shopping might actually be the thing to get you feeling back to normal. Throughout this month, the store is hosting events to support all women with information about breast cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, heart disease and more. Women can hear experts discuss these topics, take advantage of free health screenings, and even have private styling sessions to help them find clothes that are comfortable, easy to wear, and stylish. Fresh Produce Clothing hopes to make every woman feel her very best, regardless of her physical state. To learn more or to shop online, go to Fresh Produce Clothing’s website:


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