Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The fine-foodstuffs purveyors at Olivia's Food Emporium assemble fresh seasonal ingredients to craft a gourmet slate of frozen take-home comfort fare. The prepared meals—ideal for harried home cooks, pressed-for-time dinner-party planners, and Cold War nostalgists stocking underground bunkers—include house-made casseroles ($9.70–$13 / lb.) in classic flavors such as mac ‘n’ cheese and savory lasagna. Other offerings in savory casserole form include green-bean, squash, and hash-brown varietals. At-home diners can gussy up plates with cornbread dressing before adding a finishing touch of fresh-frozen vegetables ($10) in portions large enough to beta-carotenize two to five guests at once. Visitors to Olivia's Food Emporium can stroll the quaint store's bright aisles, filled with aqua-colored shelves and steam-powered grocery carts.
At Spa Beca, award-winning aestheticians and massage therapists tend to bodies in a tranquil spa exclusively devoted to massage and body-therapy services. A staff member ushers guests into private treatment rooms, where low lighting casts a warm glow on blond terra-cotta walls and soothing decor, such as bronze sculptures and landscape murals. The spa's treatments range from individual services?such as massage, nail services, facials, and body wraps?to packages that stretch across an entire day and combine several detoxification and rejuvenation treatments typically reserved for returning cosmonauts.
Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
• For $99, you get 20 units of Botox, which is usually enough to treat lines around the eyes and the frown line between the eyebrows (a $240 value). • For $50, you get an On-The-Go facial with microdermabrasion (a $100 value).
A community-based medical clinic, Lake Harbour Medical practices general family medicine, weight-loss assistance, and pain therapy. Designed to help dieters achieve body-size feng shui, Lake Harbour’s weight-loss program kicks off with an overall health assessment, during which waist shrinkers extract important information for drawing up a nutrition plan and assigning appetite-suppressing prescriptions and dietary supplements (an $80 value). Livers get a fat-burning boost with two lipotropic injections that fill bodies with vitamin B12 and Magic Schoolbus alumni (a $40 value). For those who need it, the program also includes four weeks’ worth of Apidex ($40 value), an appetite suppressant meant to help some patients jump-start the pound-shedding process.