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
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
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
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
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
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
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
200 Henry Clay Ave., (504) 899-9511, lcmchealth.org
Get a Massage at Woodhouse Day Spa
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, woodhousesspas.com
796 East Interstate 10 Service Rd. #230, Slidell, (985) 641-7772, woodhousesspas.com