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New year. New workout? We’ve all heard the “new year, new me” mantra before, but this January, we are *seriously* rethinking how to kickstart 2019 when it comes to our well-being.
Instead of committing to a routine that has us feeling bored by February, we are all about committing to a few types of fitness that we really like (or dare we say, love?). If you're looking to skip the standard gym gear and try something new in 2019, there’s no better time than now! From trendy group classes to finding the beat, here are five of our favorite workouts for all fitness levels that will keep you looking forward to your next sweat session. Enjoy!
Rowing is our go-to way to make any cardio routine a little more exciting. A low-impact exercise making its way into more and more circuit training classes, rowing can act as a form of total-body strength training. Plus, boutique studios—like Current in NYC—are creating killer rowing sessions that blend cardio and choreography so you’ll be feeling stronger with each stroke. Now, who’s ready to make some waves?
One of our top wellness predictions for 2019, dance fitness is super buzz-worthy this new year—and it sounds like the trend is here to stay. Whether you’re looking for an intro to hip-hop or just want to find your groove while getting your heart rate up, dance classes can keep you on your toes when it comes to your wellness routine. Super cool studios, like 305 Fitness with locations in NYC, Boston, and D.C., specialize in Insta-worthy dance workouts. And did we mention, 305’s dance cardio classes feature a live DJ!?
Group fitness is getting a makeover this new year. Featuring shorter class times and badass blended workouts, making your exercise a little more interesting has never been easier...or more effective. Think: a 45-minute yoga + HIIT session or cycling + barre class. Studios like CorePower Yoga do it (and do it well) with classes like their Yoga Sculpt—a heated hybrid of free weights and vinyasa yoga flow. We love these types of workouts—they keep us on track on even the busiest day.
Another 2019 wellness prediction, taking care of ourselves mentally and emotionally is becoming our top priority this new year. It can be easy to focus on your physical fitness, but we are striking a better balance when it comes to our well-being and redefining our rest days. With mediation classes and studios that are offering immersive experiences with elements like sound baths and aromatherapy, finding your zen zone will be extra awesome, all year long.
It’s time to take your workout outside. With many boutique fitness studios using the great outdoors for inspiration, you can sweat it out in bootcamp and HIIT classes that are embracing the fresh air, no matter the season. But it’s not just about circuit training—studios are taking it to the water, too, with classes like SUP (stand up paddle board) Yoga and more. From the park to the beach, being a tourist in your own city with a change in scenery is a great excuse to get your exercise on any day of the week.
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.