Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 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.
With more than 1,200 acres of private wilderness, El Rancho Ma?ana Campground makes an ideal place to calm the mind or find inspiration. It's also the perfect setting for cOMmon grounds Yoga and Music Festival. The event draws in some of the best yoga instructors and musicians in the midwest, along with countless others who stretch during yoga workshops in many different styles. Drum circles and other musical performances set the tone during these sessions, while Long Lake's beachfront often supplies the scenery.
Other activities take visitors out into the peaceful wilderness, where miles of biking and hiking trails weave through the trees. The grounds even accommodate horseback riding?provided visitors can bring a horse or summon one with enchanted apples. Of course, the communal activities remain the biggest draw. In addition to yoga and music, the festival brings in organic food vendors and runs kid-friendly activities such as yoga classes and painting.
In 1977, Mark and Joan Hemker began with a simple dream: to own a zoo. Starting with just a few waterfowl, they soon amassed a collection of animals from around the world. After Mark passed away in 2006, Joan and their four children took up his mantle, keeping his legacy alive through Hemker Park & Zoo. Today, the family-friendly park introduces visitors of all ages to global wildlife with more than 50 animal species. Residents include giant tortoises, an 8-foot boa constrictor, sleek kangaroos, and inquisitive monkeys and lemurs. There's also a Budgie Buddy House where tiny birds alight on visitors' shoulders and two New Guinea singing dogs who never, ever do autographs. Seasonal events, such as kids' zoo camps and the Close Encounters program, let visitors touch and feed certain animals under the guidance of professional educators for an even more intimate experience.