Monmouth Health & Life - March 2011

Your Backyard Survival Guide

From microbes to wild mammals, the great outdoors is alive with potential threats. Here's what to do if injury comes your way.

Eco-Centric Excursions

"Take only pictures, leave only footprints"- that's the mantra of the Earth-conscious tourist. Peruse this roundup of trips to delight the senses and preserve the planet.

Couch to 5k in 8 Weeks

This easy "Couch to 5K" program is designed to gently slide you off the couch and push you through the finish line.

Glorious Grapefruit

Tart and tangy in flavor, this citrus fruit has health benefits that are pretty sweet.

Physical Therapy Meets Pilates

“Everyone will benefit from doing Pilates,” says Varsha Pohuja, the director of physical therapy at Seaview Orthopedics, with locations in Freehold and Ocean Township (732.660.6200, “In Pilates, you use your mind to control your muscles, and the method helps you improve flexibility and strength.”

Tea time

Most people are aware of the cancer-fighting antioxidants in tea, “but there are teas for many different aspects of health,” says Kim Widener, owner of the trendy tea and coffee shop Novel Teas in Red Bank (732.747.8800,

Mayflower Inn & Spa

Nestled in the New England countryside in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., lies a place of perfection, The Mayflower Inn and Spa. The luxury hotel offers a serene respite for those looking to get away from it all.

House tour

The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) will present its annual Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House May 3 through June 12. This year’s featured home is the historic, Georgian-style Holly Hill house, located in Rumson. The handmade brick house is set on more than 12 acres and, true to its name, features dozens of holly trees.

Raising the Bar

The Bar Method Shrewsbury is a fitness studio that teaches The Bar Method, a workout program that is popular in studios around the country. Owner Chrissy Valerio was a student in such a program who took classes regularly. Inspired by her results, she opened the Shrewsbury franchise in September 2008.

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz-aah: Bath bombs

We’re not talking Alka-Seltzer—we’re talking bath bombs, those tablets that bubble and fizz in the tub, making you feel as if you’re bathing in champagne! To make your next bath a super-soothing indulgence, why not try whipping up your own tension-taming bath bomb?