Ice Skate Into Shape

A former Olympian is offering ice skating lessons for adults who want to slim down for 2015.

Olympian Jo Jo Starbuck, a Madison resident, is offering skating lessons in Morristown and West Orange.
Olympian Jo Jo Starbuck, a Madison resident, is offering skating lessons in Morristown and West Orange.

Olympian Jo Jo Starbuck, a Madison resident and three-time U.S. skating champion, shares her passion for recreational ice-skating through two adult classes in New Jersey each week. No experience necessary, Starbuck says, promising, “I’ll be gentle.” The benefits of ice skating include improved posture, balance and coordination. A great cardio workout, skating builds strength in the core, legs and back.

Bring your own skates for lessons every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Twin Oaks rink, 65 Columbia Road, Morristown, and Thursdays at 1 pm at the Codey Arena at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange (rental skates available). 10 classes/$250 or $35 per class. For information, visit her website.

Looking for ways to maintain your New Year’s fitness resolution? There are plenty of options!

Eat Right, Get Fit
The Chambers Center for Well Being
, an integrative medical practice in Morristown, is a one-stop shop for nutrition education, fitness training, and medical and alternative treatments. The 2,000-square-foot facility offers a professional cooking studio for classes and demonstrations; a nutrition café serving an organic menu with gluten-free options; a retail store stocked with supplements, books and skin-care products; 15 treatment rooms for alternative healing services like Jin Shin Jyutsu, meditation and massage; and a fitness and strength-training facility, where classes in Zumba, Nia and Pilates fill up fast. (435 South Street, 973-971-6301)

Relax, De-stress, Breathe
Skip the cocktail and de-stress at the Wellness Lounge happy hour in South Orange. Once a month, this therapeutic center offers a $39 sampler of treatments such as Thai massage, reflexology, foot bath detoxification, reiki, ear candling and acupuncture. Plus, complimentary refreshments and wine. You can become a member for $59 a month, which includes happy hour, plus a 10 percent discount on green products in the shop, private treatments and special events. (14 South Orange Avenue, 973-275-3868)

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Doing your part to be kinder to the planet is easy at Lambertville’s Don’t Toss It, a boutique filled with re-envisioned items from fine art to furniture and oddball conversation pieces. Along with the finished-projects shop, there’s also an artists’ marketplace stocked with materials from bottle caps and buckles to yardsticks and film reels, offered to spur creativity—and avoid landfills. (204 N. Union Street, lower level, 609-397-3030)

Check out the photos to the left for excercise items to help you stay on track for your 2015 fitness goals!

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