Health & Wellness

Two women plank in a park

tudies show that outdoor workouts have multiple benefits, including boosting moods, releasing stress, improving self-esteem and increasing absorption of natural vitamin D, which takes a dive in the winter.

When 16-year Eden Prairie resident Gretchen Docter snapped this photo of her dog, Bear, on the southwest side of Bryant Lake one February morning in 2013, she didn’t realize she’d be earning a place in Southwest Metro Photo Contest history.

Members of the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce got a head start on holiday shopping in November at a boutique featuring local vendors. All photos by Melanie Graves.

Snowy days are no excuse to stay huddled inside. Get out and get active with the whole family with one of these fun winter activities.

Let’s be honest: Finding the time and motivation to squeeze exercise into your life can be challenging.  There’s work, friends, family and other commitments that often come before even thinking about heading to the gym.

Moms and dads, we hear you: This time of year, it can be tricky to keep your little ones entertained, let alone active. One of the best indoor wintertime adventures to burn off that excess energy might be martial arts.

Minnesota is a winter wonderland this month, so get some fresh air at the Lake Minnewashta walking paths.

Cold weather is no excuse for spending countless hours on the couch. Golf Zone, Minnesota’s only all-season golf destination, keeps patrons active throughout the winter and stops golf games from growing rusty with indoor facilities and winter specials.

Looking through a frosted window on a cold winter morning may cause some to crawl back under the covers, but for painter and graphic designer Bill Moeger, it’s reason to create something beautiful.

Long, luxurious lashes may seem like only a dream to some.