When it comes to wellness and worknig out, the arrival of the new year offers a perfect starting point from which we can step up our game, renewing our resolutions and taking time to sweat each day. For Austinites, opportunities abound to try out new fitness routines, incorporate healthy foods into their day-to-day routines, and get those heart rates up while keeping stress at bay. Thanks to the concentration of wellness-oriented businesses downtown, it's easier than ever to keep your fitness resolutions in the 2nd Street District. Read on to learn about the flavors, fitness brands and fashion retailers just waiting to make your 2017 as healthy as can be.
Gear Up at Saint Bernard
Whether you're in need of a fresh pair of yoga pants, the perfect running shoes, new water bottle or high-performance pullover to keep you warm in the winter on the hike and bike trail, Saint Bernard's got you covered. The national sports outfitter has been curating and selling the best sporting goods and gear since 1978, and its Austin outpost keeps downtown denizens all geared up for whatever adventures they choose to take on.
Shake It Off at Ballet Austin
Ballet Austin isn't just the home of graceful pro ballerinas; it's also a hub for community fitness classes, instructing Austinites on the basics and finer points of everything from yoga and Pilates to hip hop and, yes, ballet. Its Butler Center for Dance and Fitness hosts more than 80 classes a week, including a hotter-than-hot Videodance series with offerings like the Beyonce Get Me Bodied workshop, running Feb 9-23. If you're feeling the need to shimmy, shake or pirouet your way to peak fitness this year, this is your spot.
Break a Sweat at RIDE
Ready to push yourself to the limit and do some serious cardio? RIDE Indoor Cycling is ready to put you to the test in its studio at Lavaca and Cesar Chavez. Buy a series of classes or just sign up for a trial class and shoe rental to get a taste of the action. Daytime parking can be validated in the AMLI Downtown and City Hall garages (the latter being best for early-morning riders).
Cool Down at Daily Juice
Once you've worked up a sweat and need some refreshment, pop into Daily Juice for a juice, smoothie, salad or acai bowl. This Austin original has been keeping customers nourished and energized since 2003, and its location near AMLI Downtown is perfect for rejuvenating yourself after a lake or city run, a dance class or an invigorating indoor cycling session. Or, if it's just a healthier breakfast or lunch alternative you're after, look no further than this favorite local spot where "fresh" is always the word of the day.
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