Your Weekend Top Five – Get Moving!


1. Sweat for FREE!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Free Workout Saturdays – starts this week! Check out for schedules and locations.

2. Bike!

Bike to School day Wednesday, May 6 is National Bike to School Day. Ways to celebrate: Spend an hour this weekend pulling together your neighbors to plan a bike to school day on Wednesday. Even if your small ones can’t bike to school, it is a great time to fit your kids with helmets and tune bikes.

Bike to a Yurt

Seven yurts opened earlier this year at Afton State Park in Hastings, at Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake (northwest of Alexandria) and at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton (northeast of Brainerd.)

3. Go Spring! Trail, Hike & Run

Saturday, May 2, 2015

This is the first race in the St. Paul Urban Trail Series.  This first race in the series is a great opportunity to wake up your legs after a long Minnesota winter.  You can run, jog or pole hike the beautiful trails of Battle Creek Park in St. Paul.  By participating in this event you are helping to support a non-profit organization, Endurance United, whose mission is to create a viable, healthy and active outdoor community around Battle Creek Park.  This is a great chance to get active – good for your body and good for the environment.  Sign up alone or bring two friends for our new 3x5k Team Run. To add to the fun, come in a spring themed costume to enter our costume contest!

4. Animal Humane Society Walk for Animals

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Grab your fury best friend (all animals welcome!) And join the Humane Society’s largest walk. Can’t make the walk, make a donation.

5. Eau Claire Marathon

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Full, half, relay and 5k – the Eau Claire Marathon has something to fit all levels. The Wellness Project founder will running the 1/2 – Good luck Sara!

Get Outside – commit to check out a new route Reward yourself by watching the fastest race of all time – the Kentucky Derby. Mint Julep anyone? Save the Date – The Wellness Project Takeover – May 7, indoor climb at Midwest Mountaineering!

Kentucky Derby


4/23 -The Weekend Top 5


1. Road trip for a good cause, and a great run!

Unleash the She 5K and 10K takes place in Rochester on Sunday

Unleash the SHE teams up with the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance to make a difference for hundreds of women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic cancer and a leading cause of cancer-related death in women. The survival rate has barely improved since the “War on Cancer” was declared over 40 years ago. Due to the lack of an early detection test, over 80% of ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the late stages. For these reasons, increased awareness and advocacy are critical.

 2. Learn how to Fly Fish

Afton State Park – April 25 – 10-3 p.m.

Join the Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic to learn what you need to know to fly fish. In the morning we will learn about fish and what they eat while learning to tie flies. In the afternoon you’ll pick up new tips and tricks on how to cast more accurately. If conditions permit we will fish on the St. Croix River. A park vehicle permit is required. Register at 651-231-6968.

3. Bike

30 Days of Biking goes through April 30 – so get out and ride.

30 Days of biking has been around for 5 years.  The campaign encourages people to bike every day in April, but if this is the first you have heard of it – we say join in now!  Be sure to share using the hashtag #30daysofbiking.

4. Get Wild!

It’s playoff season and our Wild have got us going Wild.  Be sure to tune in Friday night to cheer on our team.  Plus, we challenge you to squeeze in sit-ups, push-ups and squats during the commercial breaks during the first period.

5.Save the dates! 

May Take-over – May 7 at 5 p.m. at Midwest Mountaineering.

Let’s get a group together to attend Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Diva Night; Meet at 5 pm to join the wine reception. Indoor climb instruction starts at 6.
4:00p.m.: Wine, other beverages, cheese and munchies – at three different stations – wine and beverage station is in Thrifty Outfitters.
5:00 to 6:00p.m. AND 6:00 to 7:00p.m.: Mississippi River / Stone Arch Bridge Hike – a free pair of SmartWool socks to women completing one of the hikes.
6:00 to 8:00p.m.: Free massage therapy by Benjamin Joseph and Associates (tips welcome).
6:00 to 8:00p.m.: Free climbing instruction and shoe rental in our climbing cave with instruction by Midwest mountaineering employee Carolyn Hansen. Ring the bell for a free zipper thermometer!

Saturdays in May, workout with Anytime Fitness for Free.

Check out this great way to jump start your workout routine and meet new people! Visit for more details.

As always, follow us on Pinterest for fitness inspiration and tag your workouts- #landof10000workouts.

Be fierce, fit and fabulous!

Your Weekend Top 5


1. Road trip for a good cause, and a great run!

Fountain Lake 5 Mile Run / Tiger Trot 5k

The Tiger Trot 5K is the Annual Fundraiser for Southwest Middle School sharing the beautiful lake route for part of the race raising funds to support student experiences and activities… during the school year. Runners and walkers will start on Richway Drive and turn left through beautiful residential neighborhoods. They will follow the lake for the second part of the course until they reach Brookside for the finish line.

 2. Walk a Pop-Up Plaza – family friendly!

Pop-up Park | WAM Plaza


During the last weeks of the spring semester, the museum’s student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum’s front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the pavement-to-park movement and in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, the aim of the park is to “shift perspectives and spark encounters that aren’t always possible within a fast-moving and segmented society.”

3. Eat it. Make it.

Food and Farm weekend.

Grow it, Raise it, Preserve it, Prepare it Get back to the basics and learn new skills with this all- inclusive weekend focused on the most elemental of our needs and pleasures: Food. Over the weekend, choose from a variety of expert led on-site workshops on gardening, cooking and food preservation, off-site field trips to local farms and meet farmers who are growing produce and raising animals naturally and organically, and enjoy engaging evening presenters.

4. Bike art.

Can you remember the joy of your first bicycle ride? The varied roads, paths, and terrains of Minnesota are filled with savvy innovations by cyclists who draw on an appetite for riding. Join us in celebrating the bicycle-related work of regional designers, builders, and collectors.

5.Make a list. Seriously.

Fill a jar with a list of the parks and trails you want to explore this Spring and Summer.

We had a fabulously sweaty time at Alchemy last weekend. Mark your calendar for our next Take Over – we are going climbing! Check out Facebook for details.

As always, follow us on Pinterest for fitness inspiration and tag your workouts- #landof10000workouts.

Be fierce, fit and fabulous!

Wednesday Warrior – Meet Molly Hanten of Alchemy


The Wellness Project had a chance to sweat (literally, we dripped with sweat) with Molly at our recent Take Over of Alchemy. We caught up with her after to get her take on how she stays, fierce, fit and fabulous

Where is your favorite place to work out?

Alchemy, of course! 🙂

We believe women need to love their bodies, what is your favorite body part and why?

My Hip! Because I broke it a little over a year ago and have a whole new appreciation for them and working out in general!

What is your favorite go to food/drink for a fast go to boost of energy?

I am a sucker for Whole Foods- you can find anything from a smoothie, salad or snack bar there!

What is your favorite food to indulge in post workout?

Great question! I usually crave and eat whole foods and eat pretty well BUT when I want to indulge it is either an amazing burger (Parlour Burger, please) or cake. Cake is my favorite food

What does being well mean to you?

Taking care of yourself not only physically but mentally and emotionally, we will never be perfect at any of them but string for all three aspects to be balanced is key!

What workout gadget/gear/etc. are you loving right now? 

I am a no gadgets girl- i like to zone out when I workout- nothing beeping at me etc. I dig a good playlist though, so I guess and iPod!

Meet Molly and check out a class at – you will not regret it!