Health & Fitness in New Bedford

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A climber slowly ascends a steep rockface, supporting all his weight on the smallest of footholds. Ignoring the heights, he searches for another place to grasp, finding purchase on an oval stone. His final step to the top rewards him with the thrilling satisfaction of beating the beastly incline and views of children running across the floor.

Carabiner's Indoor Climbing rock gym, one of the tallest in New England, brings the sport of rock scaling to urban residents. Walls that range from 15- to 65-feet tall grant visitors of all skill levels climbing routes that strengthen muscles, improve body awareness, and serve as a training ground for the NYPD?s Spider-Man division.

Certified climbers start visitors on their paths to climbing autonomy with personal belay classes that cover basics and safety tips. The gyms also offer a full-schedule of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, pole dancing, martial arts, and family fitness classes.

328 Parker St
New Bedford,
MA
US

Incandescent fish, turtles, and dolphins illuminate the underwater-themed wonder worlds of Oceans 18’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and two lanes of mini bowling that provide indoor fun year-round. Oceans 18 keeps links-lovers entertained with a full-size golf simulator while mini bowling promises all the fun of the alley without the hassle of wearing rental shoes or a bedazzled bowling glove. Patrons can also carry on their competitive spirit in Oceans 18’s extensive arcade.

500 Kings Hwy
New Bedford,
MA
US

Exercise can be a little tough when you start out. Take inspiration during your next workout by understanding the good it?s doing inside with Groupon?s whirlwind tour of the cardiovascular system.

The Cardiovascular System: How Exercise Makes it Hum

The average person?s heart beats 100,000 times a day, pushing 10 pints of blood all the way to the tips of the toes and back through 60,000 miles of vessels. Along this route, that blood stops to do a great many errands. The heart pumps blood to the lungs to collect oxygen before sending it through the rest of the body via arteries, arterioles, and capillaries. Once the tissues have absorbed the oxygen and nutrients they need, they send the waste-filled blood back to the heart through the veins to be reoxygenated and start the process again.

Every time our heart beats, what we really feel is the opening and closing of valves that push the blood through the heart?s four chambers and out to the body. When we exercise or get scared by a shrub that looked like a huge dog for a second, our brains instruct the heart to beat harder to supply the body with what it needs to fight or run. As exercise enhances the muscles over time, it also improves the function of the entire cardiovascular system.

This happens in several ways. Although exercise makes the heart work harder in the short term, this ultimately causes the body to adapt, easing the heart?s everyday tasks. In response to muscles? demand for more oxygen and compliments, the body actually sprouts new capillaries, while prompting existing capillaries to open wider. These increased channels help lower blood pressure, since blood now encounters less resistance on its way to the extremities. The heart also becomes better at oxygenating the tissues?red blood cells increase their numbers during intense exercise.

With its insistent knocking in our ribcage, you may think the heart?s role in all this would be hard to ignore. But the earliest anatomists didn?t hear its call so clearly. Galen and Hippocrates believed the liver produced blood and spread it through the body in a centrifugal manner; meanwhile, the veins contained air, which the lungs pushed to the tissues. They also assumed this was an open-ended system, with the blood and air gradually dissipating when it reached the ends of veins and arteries?a view that would hold for another 1,500 years.

200 N Dartmouth Mall
Dartmouth,
MA
US

Housed inside a handsome red-brick building, Buttonwood Dental’s experienced dentist and hygienists protect pearly whites with an arsenal of preventative and cosmetic solutions. During routine exams, the dentist scours teeth for signs of plaque, tartar, and pixie dust left behind by hasty fairies. Digital x-rays probe enamel to check for improper alignment or nascent cavities that the dentist can patch up before aesthetic damage occurs. An in-office Sinsational Smile teeth-whitening treatment visibly brightens teeth with LED-activated whitening gel, and dental implants replace glued-on Chiclets with a more permanent solution. Buttonwood Dental also specializes in pediatric dentistry, root canals, and veneers.

1212 Kempton St
New Bedford,
MA
US

All four Total Fitness locations hold a variety of up-to-date fitness equipment and more than 25 energetically instructed classes. From cardio-kickboxing and spinning to Pilates and strength training, the fitness curriculum readies muscles and cardio systems to take on new challenges, such as running a marathon at the bottom of the ocean. Aspiring Zumbalinas can opt for Zumba classes to learn Latin dance moves; time-hindered humans can choose the power half-hour class, a core strengthening and high intensity cardio blast that burns calories like a flaming donut; and those in search of motivation can take boot camp, which comes complete with a military-esque instructor.

360 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth,
MA
US

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard S. Fox applies his Yale training and 25 years of experience to guiding Medispa at Fox Center's range of beauty and anti-aging treatments. His team of aestheticians operate under the philosophy that physical appearance improves the quality of life by boosting confidence. With this philosophy in mind, the team first consults with clients, discussing their beauty goals before administering any customized facials or waxing services. Dr. Fox and Roxanne Pinto, NP handle the center's Botox injections. In addition to revamping skin, the team also eases clients into blissful states of relaxation with therapeutic and hot-stone massages.

300 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth,
MA
US