after eight years of publishing our annual wellness issue, we embarked on this edition by asking ourselves, “what’s new…again?” between the barrage of stories we’re being pitched and the trends our writers are seeking out, we have an expansive pool to fish in. but despite this, it can sometimes feel like nothing is really new. it’s not new that we all want to take better care of our bodies. or that we want to get stronger (and skinnier). and we all know that a more sound mind-body-spirit connection is the basis for a healthier mind, body and spirit. and there are endless paths that can be taken to get to any of these places. after exploring an exhaustive number of them, we settled on a lineup that’s a celebration of the body rather than a field guide to improving it. our collection of stories for this theme certainly offers some new methods for achieving higher fitness (TRX anyone?). but more importantly, our concept of “the new wellness” is about an attitude: whatever you do to feel good is good, measure it on your own terms.
our runner’s high story may best capture this idea. in his interview with us, paul fetscher, the founder of the long island marathon, sheds light on a number of ways that make running special. although it hurts my knees just thinking about it, i appreciate the discipline it takes to accomplish the race. all the more so since fetscher pointed out that it’s a sport anyone can do at any pace—no fancy equipment or tricks needed. and no matter how fast or slow, short or long a runner goes, anything is a win over spending the weekend in an armchair.
the new york lizards, our region’s pro lacrosse team, exemplify the concept in many ways. there’s the obvious, exceptional physical way, which photographer nigel parry captures in our stunning photo essay, attack. but there is also the discipline and passion (mind and spirit) they exercise daily. just being on the team, which many of the players do in addition to their full time careers, requires acute dedication both to the game and the group. as a companion to parry’s photos, associate editor andrew sheldon put to words some of the commitments the key players make.
there’s also the human kind of approach, which starts with the mind and spirit and then incorporates the body. as an antidote to our over-consumption of information and stimulation, mindfulness is a means for being in the moment that centers on, well, being in the moment. it’s about slowing down the mind to connect with the spirit, the body and the environment. but for those who can’t help but want answers about their bodies, nutrigenomics may be your thing. our look at this new body science explores the types of information patients are receiving about a variety of topics ranging from weight plateaus to genetic predispositions (like cardiac risks or high blood pressure). it’s pretty incredible, actually. nutrigenomics practitioners are using DNA mapping tests to help patients uncover genetic markers that can prompt positive lifestyle changes. those are answers anyone would want.
other probing questions in this issue include: what if you were suddenly turned into a lobster? what happens when willie nelson covers gershwin? what is horchata and why is everyone drinking it? (answer: it’s delicious.) and why is the man on our cover wearing those funky pants? these answers and many others are just a page away.
let me hear you say it’s my thing!*
* “it’s your thing,” the isley brothers