We all make resolutions for the new year, but sometimes sticking to them is a lot harder than setting the intention. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds aren’t exactly great. But not to worry, we are here to help you keep your resolution alive with three great tricks to see you through your commitment.
Zen and the Art of Body Maintenance
Are you one of over 40% of Americans who resolved to live a healthier lifestyle this year? Well, you’re in luck. In addition to eating better and hitting the gym, there is one healthy lifestyle must-have that many people forget – a regular visit to the local spa! While most people consider it a luxury, spa treatments actually have amazing health benefits for both the body and mind – and they’re a lot more affordable than you think. Here are a few of our favorite treatments that increase circulation, can help with pain relief and promote better sleep.
A day at the bathhouse sounds blissful, but soaking and sweating in the sauna, steam room, and hot tub can seriously reduce inflammation, relax the muscles and diffuse pain. It also helps blood to flow through your heart, lungs, arteries, and veins and can do wonders for sinus pain and congestion.
This ultra-relaxing therapy gets its hype for good reason. Not only is it a wonderful solution to reduce stress and muscle fatigue, it can also decrease anxiety, assist with digestive problems, combat insomnia and provide relief from pain. It’s also a great way to tune out the world and focus on some much needed “me time”.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ, so it’s vital to take good care of it. An invigorating body scrub works to slough off dead skin and allows new cells to surface. It also boosts circulation and helps drain lymph nodes by increasing blood flow through the body. Plus who doesn’t love the feeling of baby soft skin?
Fitness That’s Actually Fun
A new fitness routine can get old quickly, especially if you’re like so many of us that secretly dread going to the gym. Luckily, Brooklyn offers a slew of amazing and fun workouts to shake up your regimen and put some excitement back into fitness. Here are our top picks:
With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface in Gowanus, this indoor rock-climbing playground offers everything from beginners instruction to advanced challenges. You won’t believe the arm workout you’ll get after a short session, and with a schedule of yoga, acro yoga, and capoeira classes, it’s a whole lot different than what you’ll find at the gym.
Based in Crown Heights, Fit4Dance brings high energy and fun dance and fitness instruction to women and children in Brooklyn. The studio offers a comfortable space where women can let loose, learn to dance, improve their fitness, meet new people, explore other cultures, and freely express themselves in like-minded company.
Clinton Hill’s own CKO kickboxing classes are great for stress relief and weight loss. These classes are designed for any skill level so you won’t feel left behind. The entire group pushes each individual to achieve his or her goals so you can always maximize your results. Get ready to get pumped!
Move with Grace is a yoga studio with a personal focus in mind. The teachers embrace small classes and individual attention to ensure the safety and comfort of their students. The goal is for people to love the way they move and be healthy, happy and vibrant. With a dozen class types and an on-site juice bar, you’ll likely to stay motivated and give your sugar cravings a healthy distraction in the process.
Tackling the Sweet Tooth
Did you vow that this would be the year you would kick-start a healthy diet? According to a recent survey of 5,000 people, nearly 40% said they wanted to lose weight. But while the intentions are there, sometimes it can be hard to resist the temptation of a sweet treat. Here are our ideas for indulging in a little something special without ruining your diet.
Chocolate gets a bad rap for its sugar and fat content but the dark variety (made of more than 70% cacao) is a brilliant antioxidant and can help reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow. Stick a bar in the refrigerator and enjoy a square after a meal.
A study by Scranton University says that a single portion of popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and veg most people eat in a day. We are of course talking about the all-natural kind, but jazzing it up with a dusting of yummy cinnamon will help curb hunger pangs and fight off those pesky sugar cravings.
With Vitamix and NutriBullet taking up shelf space in so many kitchens, there’s no excuse not to whip up a tasty, sweet frozen treat. We love to throw a couple of mangoes in with some ice and a bit of agave for a yummy, healthy dessert that the whole family can’t resist.
Resolutions can be tough to follow, especially if they involve a major lifestyle change. The best thing you can do to keep on track is to not be too hard on yourself. Do your best to celebrate the wins by giving yourself rewards, and don’t be afraid to indulge once in a while. Most everything, in moderation, can be ok.