Speaking of energy, we have started adding yoga into our daily routine, and we are seeing the benefits. Not only do we feel stronger, but we are breathing deeper and learning the benefits of routine with exercises like yoga. Yoga Pod offers one week of free classes, so you can figure out which classes stimulate you the most. From relaxation practices to strength and toning, we are loving all the ways yoga is bringing peace—physically and mentally.
Brett Gallagher of Avenu Fitness (located in West U and River Oaks) points out, "even a walk after work is progress and exercise." Gallagher says that it isn't about hours at the gym, "but wellness and self care and "fitting in what you can." In 2018, it might be time to adjust schedules a bit here and there to accommodate for some much needed wellness and health.
Brandon Alred of Rhokee CrossFit (located in the Heights) points out, "Fitness at its core is about being prepared and capable for a certain task. Whether that task is team sports, chasing toddlers, or just feeling better in your normal day, fitness should be translating to our real daily lives." Alred hopes to "impact all aspects of our daily lives" and because "unhealthiness is our body's way of telling us we are living outside the best version of ourselves." The best version of ourselves is one that is challenged, pushed, changed by our strengths and our weaknesses.
This new year is sure to bring challenges, but we hope to create minds, bodies, and homes that bring peace and solace in the storm of daily mundanity. Small efforts turn into habits, and those habits can make your space, you body, your mind just that-- yours.