Do you have a nickname for your iPhone? Can’t live without your “Crack Berry?” Do you fall asleep holding your computer instead of a significant other? These are just a few signs that you may suffer from Internet Addiction Disorder. Academy Award-winning actress and comedian, Whoopi Goldberg, may have the answer to help cut down this destructive behavior. Goldberg recently revealed to her co-hosts, Behar, Hasselbeck and Shepherd, on ABC’s “The View,” “I don’t answer my cellphone. I don’t answer the computer. At 6 p.m. everything goes off, except for me.”
I suspect, to some of you, the thought of turning off the phone or the computer at a specific time sounds preposterous, utterly impossible. The thought could even set off a panic attack. Yet, powering off is a very simple solution to help end IAD, and this H=holiday weekend, the Hamptons will offer several darn good reasons to shut down the technology and make some good ol’ fashioned Whoopi Time.
Saturday evening, 8 p.m., you can experience Tony Award-winning actress Christine Ebersole and Edward Hibbert perform Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward live at the Bay Street Theatre. Sunday at 6:30p.m. you can, yet again, make a conscious effort to power down and attend the annual Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic East End benefit at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club. Join the Bravo network’s head honcho and patriarch of the “Housewives” franchise, Andy Cohen, who is set to attend and will most likely be surrounded by a famous starlet or a bevy of local housewives to stir up some drama. So, ladies, if you don’t want to miss out on the fun, “don’t be tardy for the party.” I couldn’t resist.
Good to know not all compulsive habits are bad for you. Just ask the thousands of healthconscious Hamptonites who are addicted to Spinning. A fitness phenomenon that started off with a small and sweaty cult-like following continues to expand in the Hamptons this season. If you are looking for treadmills, cross trainers or weight resistance machines you won’t find them here. Spin-centric studios are all about finding the burn on a bike. You can expect to see rows of stationary cycles lined up inches apart. But, don’t let the immobile factor fool you. Spinning is a full body workout. Generally speaking, spin cycle routines will have you doing a combination of moves, which may include pushups, free weights and even lunges, while cycling. One of the first spin studios in the Hamptons was Zone Hampton which in 2009 transformed into Fly Wheel Sports with seven locations including Sag Harbor and East Hampton. Fly Wheel says they have, “literally reinvented the wheel.” For those of you who enjoy some healthy competition, Fly Wheel developed the TorqBoard-an in-studio display that provides riders with the option to compare their performance to the rest of the class in real time. In Amagansett you have B-East Fitness Studio. In Southampton, HardCore Cycling on Route 27 will be offering complimentary spin classes this Holiday weekend.
SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice set up a seasonal spin studio in Bridgehampton five years ago. They both believed indoor cycling could be mentally inspiring and offer a full-body workout. Their spin philosophy was an instant hit and over the years has attracted a dedicated celebrity following. Brooke Shields, Katie Holmes, Kelly Ripa, Anderson Cooper, Jeff Probst, Kyra Sedgwick, Edie Falco, Katie Lee, Tory Burch, Kevin Bacon and Jane Krakowski are just a few of the famous faces you may spot in your spin session. SoulCycle has expanded nationwide with eight studios in New York City, Miami, Westchester, Los Angeles in the fall, future plans to open in Southampton and, this Memorial Day weekend, a brand new East Hampton Village location that will remain open year-round. The loft-like 2,100 square foot studio will feature 60 bikes, a fitness apparel boutique, a juice bar packed with fresh, healthy treats made with agave from Anke’s Fit Bakery and a private 45-spot parking lot. Both the new East Hampton and Bridgehampton locations will be celebrating all weekend, dishing out Anke’s complimentary baked goodies, juices from the Juicy Naam, fresh coconut water, temporary tattoos, custom hair feathers, free gear and more! Start riding this weekend, so you’ll be super ready to take on the SoulCycle Friday Night Party Rides starting July 1. They will feature a 60-minute class, set to live music (bongos), handpicked D.J.s, an ’80s cover band, live reggae or different musical themes featuring GaGa or Rihanna. Post workout you can cool down with “healthy” cocktails al fresco.
This holiday weekend, whether you spin, run, walk or don’t even move off the couch try to practice a little Whoopi Time and power-off at some point. Baby steps.
Gina Glickman Giordan is a television host, news correspondent, executive producer and founder of GMG Entertainment. Watch Glickman’s exclusive celebrity interviews and event-life coverage series, “In The Mixx” on People Magazine TV, Hamptons Magazine TV and DansHamptons.com.