Happy New Year and welcome to 31 Days of Fitness 2022! We are back with another action packed January of workouts, wellness, recovery, and more! Every day this month your intrepid editor will be checking out a different class, studio, app, modality, and trainer to showcase the amazing variety of workouts to get and stay in shape for the new year. Omicrom may be raging but we’re going to keep it safe with a mix of digital, studio, indoor, outdoor, and socially distant workouts. There’s no guessing where I might turn up!
DAY 1: POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
What a way to kick off the new year and 31 Days of Fitness 2022 than at the 119th Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge, which returned this year after the 2021 Covid hiatus. Besides the symbolic cleansing of the past year, greeting the new year with a frigid but invigorating plunge has numerous health benefits as well. A cold water plunge increases blood flow, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, releases endorphins, and elevates your mood. In fact, I feel great! While most of us revelers are out there just one day year, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing club in the United States, founded in 1903, and members take the plunge every Sunday November-April! Photo:Casey Steffens
DAY 2: PURE BARRE
It never ceases to amaze me how friggin’ hard barre class is… even when you take the introductory Foundations class at Pure Barre! Pure Barre offers three styles of classes – Classic, Pure Empower, and Pure Reform — all of which combine movements from ballet, Pilates, and weight training in small isometric exercises that work each body part to fatigue, one at a time. Classic is their traditional low-impact, high intensity, total body barre workout. Pure Empower is a fusion of barre, interval training, and multi-directional, dynamic movements — with ankle weights and a plyometric platform added — to target different muscle groups simultaneously. Pure Reform adds resistance training to challenge your strength, coordination, and balance with bungee-like bands, sliders, and the barre.
Pure Barre has locations all over the country, as well as hundreds of classes on demand at XPonential. Pure Barre NYC also has their own on demand platform, purebarrenyonline.com, with classes from your favorite NYC teachers you can take anywhere and any time! For the month of January take 22% off the first month of any membership. Read More