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Six Ways to Stay Healthy in the New Year

09:00 January 05, 2021
By: Staff

A new year doesn't have to mean dreaded resolutions that you won't stick to. Instead, it could be a time to take stock of how far you've come and where you want to go next. Here are six suggestions that could help you add a few more healthy actions to your life. Working out is on the list (natch), but so are spas and furry friends. See? A healthier life can be fun.

Join the Gym at the JCC

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center (JCC) welcomes members of all ages, religions, and lifestyles. No matter who you are, the JCC has a flexible membership category that is certain to fit your personal workout plan. Their amenities include a fitness center, basketball gym, pools, and group classes. The JCC has one location in Uptown and another in Metairie, and you can take a virtual video tour of both on their website. One of the big ironies of the ongoing pandemic is that staying healthy by going to a gym can be a health risk, so the JCC offers virtual classes. Sunday through Friday, members can stay active at home with yoga, Pilates, Zumba, or other class on Facebook Live.
5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143, nojcc.org

3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 780-5639, nojcc.org

Adopt an Animal from the Jefferson SPCA

Not only do pets keep us physically active, but studies show that they boost our mood, says Psychology Today. In the era of social distancing, The Washington Post noted that dog adoptions skyrocketed as people faced isolation and free time like never before. The Jefferson SPCA has dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs in need of loving families. If you have space in your home, budget, and schedule, consider adding a furry roommate to your life.
1 Humane Way, Harahan, (504) 736-6111, jeffersonspca.org

2701 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 349-5111, jeffersonspca.org

Get in a Workout at Downtown Fitness Center

Want to hit up a gym but aren't ready to fully commit to a membership? Downtown Fitness Center caters to "Fitness Nomads" by offering a day pass. For $15, you get one day of access to both clubs and group classes. For Medicaid plans that include gym memberships, Downtown Fitness accepts multiple providers, so check with yours for details. Their two Downtown locations, Canal Place and the New Orleans Healing Center, make them convenient, no matter if you're a local or visitor.
365 Canal St., Suite 380, (504) 525-2956, downtownfitnesscenter.com

2372 St, Claude Ave, (504) 754-1101, downtownfitnesscenter.com

Visit the Services of Dr. Burkenstock

Skin, body, and health are Dr. Burkenstock's areas of expertise. Her services range from vitamins to cosmetic injectables and skin-rejuvenation therapy. Dr. Burkenstock has locations in Lakeview and Mandeville. Visit her website for more on her therapies and treatments. The categories are Skin Care, Body Care, Health and Anti-Aging Care, and Just for Him.
6600 Fleur De Lis Dr., (504) 888-2829, skinbodyhealth.com

2040 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-7676, skinbodyhealth.com

Get a check-up at LCMC

Annual check-ups are still as important as ever. LCMC partners with five hospitals and three urgent care centers in the New Orleans area, meaning that you won't have to go far to get excellent care. Catch health issues before they become concerns and get peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
200 Henry Clay Ave., (504) 899-9511, lcmchealth.org

Get a Massage at Woodhouse Day Spa

Massage is relaxing and can help you unwind. Stress can be a killer, so treat yourself to massage therapy at Woodhouse. With locations in Metairie, New Orleans, and Slidell, you won't have to stress yourself out getting to the spa. Some of their signature services include Minkyti facials, four-handed massages, manicures, and pedicures.
4040 Canal St., (504) 482-6652, woodhousesspas.com

5004 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 584-4004,
796 East Interstate 10 Service Rd. #230, Slidell, (985) 641-7772,

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