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New Year, Better Health

Jan 9, 2019

Every great New Year's resolution includes healthier habits, but figuring out where to start can be tough. Luckily, Lincoln Square is home to a number of fitness clubs, gyms, and businesses that can help you start your path to a healthier 2019. Below are a few options: 

Each of these gyms offer special classes, such as zumba at New York Sports Club, cycling at Equinox Columbus Circle, or cardio kickboxing at the YMCA, some of which you can try for free. 

If you're interested in more structured and specific workout routines, you can take classes at some of Lincoln Square's special fitness studios like CorePower Yoga (2030 Broadway) or CrossFit SPOT (55 Amsterdam Ave). CorePower Yoga offers a number of beginner friendly classes and also incorporates heat with each new level focusing on different goals, such as core strength or posture. At CorePower Yoga new members can try their first week for free. CrossFit SPOT offers high-intensity fitness programs and private coaching designed to keep you active. There are some new member pricing deals available at CrossFit SPOT. If you'd like a new approach to staying active, you can also dance into a healthier new year with ballroom dance lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio (1845 Broadway). Arthur Murray teaches a number of dance styles including swing and Latin, and also offers regular newcomer classes and dancercize classes, which mix ballroom and Latin elements for a more cardio focused dance workout. 

You can inspire yourself even further towards healthier habits by scoring stylish gear for your workouts. Head to Lululemon (1928 Broadway or The Shops at Columbus Circle) or New York Running Company (The Shops at Columbus Circle) for great athletic and yoga apparel, including sneakers and accessories. Plus, Lululemon offers free community exercise events.

Of course, you can supplement these healthier habits with good nutrition too. Whole Body inside of Whole Foods Market (10 Columbus Circle) has vitamins and energizing supplements. Or grab a delicious and healthy juice or smoothie at one of Lincoln Square's several spots: Juice Press (Whole Foods Market), Juice Press (Equinox Columbus Circle), and Fit Juice (55 Amsterdam Ave). 

If none of this sounds appealing to you but you'd still like to get up and out of the house for exercise, consider joining a New York City Parks Department recreational center. Near our neighborhood is the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center (232 West 60th St.). At this location, members can access a gymnasium, fitness room, an indoor pool, table tennis, and more! For seniors aged 62+ annual membership is just $25! Similarly, seniors with eligible health insurance plans can sign up for the SilverSneakers program, which allows older adults easier access to fitness equipment and classes. In Lincoln Square, New York Sports Club (61 West 62nd St.) accepts SilverSneaker membership. 

There are so many opportunities to get active in Lincoln Square this year. Try out a local gym or class this month and cross that resolution off your list!

Photo credit: West Side YMCA