Fitting in Fitness For the Busy Woman

Spring is here, and Spring weather leads to Summer weather, which leads to a desire to be more fit, and prepared for vacation photos and swimsuits. Circulation Nation, described by it’s creator Linda Craig as “a one-stop wellness center” and affectionately referred to as “Shake and Bake”, focuses on the simple yet practical wellness concepts of hydrating, movement, and detoxifying the body—“perfect for all ages” says Craig.

“We all lead such busy lives, and women especially have a lot on their plates these days. We know it’s hard to find time to get fitness into your day,” she says. She created Circulation Nation as a solution for the busy mom, working professional or anyone who wants to feel better but prefers a comfortable, spa-like environment.

The first-time visitor will be guided through the wellness concept in about an hour, starting with hydration. CN uses an alkaline ionization water system that is enriched with hydrogen. “Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the great benefits of drinking hydrogen water, including better clarity, increased energy, easier weight loss, and detoxification,” Craig discloses. (

Next is the 30-minute far-infrared (FIR) sauna session. According to a 2012 report published by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, infrared sauna devices which deliver FIR directly to the body without any bands needed are safe and useful for healing many inflammatory disorders. Users also report that they experienced pain reduction and weight loss, and many people believe sweating can detox heavy metals. Craig points out, “We know that most women don’t like to sweat. Think of it as your ‘fat crying’, and remember that saunas help burn 300 to 600 calories.”

Finally, you will hop on the oscillating whole-body vibration machine which simulates movement “like you are walking fast or jogging” with a “see-saw” motion that is easy on the joints. “It is a very gentle movement on the lower levels, and most people actually giggle or laugh when they first experience it!” exclaims Craig. “After the two 10-minute sessions, people report they feel lighter, rejuvenated, and energized.” Studies published in 2003 in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise indicate that the oscillating motion creates a muscle resistance, like lifting weights.

Elly, a CN member, is 74 years old!!

No appointment is necessary at Circulation Nation, and the first session is free. Craig advises first-time visitors to “wear light clothing; and bring socks, a towel to sit on in the sauna, and an empty water bottle to fill up with the hydrogen-enriched water.” There are multiple membership options, including Silver Sneakers, that range from $32.50 a month for military personnel to an $85 platinum membership on a month-to-month basis. Massages and other wellness practitioners are also available by appointment.

If you are working on a New Year’s resolution, but need a change of scenery, or if you are just starting to revive your fitness plan, Circulation Nation might be your next step in your wellness journey.

Circulation Nation is located at 109 Regency Commons Dr., Suite #E, in Greer. For more information, call 864-593-8217 or visit