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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.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.