January is here and for some of us, a holiday diet of rich foods and sedentary activities has to come to an abrupt end. But it’s still cold, grey and sometimes raining outside. Just a week ago, that was “reach for the remote control and another slice of pie” weather. Now what?
As ever, the internet is full of suggestions, like picking one thing, rather than trying for a complete life overhaul. Like being patient and measuring progress, however incremental. Understanding and anticipating the triggers that have you reaching mindlessly for another snack. Using small rewards as positive reinforcement when you achieve your goals.
One way to ease yourself into better habits is with yoga, and Novato has a few places where you can stretch yourself in that regard. Sukha Yoga offers classes in a variety of yoga styles in Downtown Novato. You can also find the Golden Yoga Method, at the Tresch Triangle Shopping Center, and Some Like it Hot yoga on Ignacio Blvd.
For a more intensive way to embrace the new year, Crossfit North Marin offers to get you into the best shape of your life — if you’re willing to put the work in, of course. Cross Fit not quite your thing? Anytime Fitness offers a friendly welcome at the Novato Fair shopping center on Diablo Avenue.
Many guides to building good habits talk about scheduling, so consider signing up for a class, either at one of the yoga schools we’ve mentioned, or try martial arts as a weekly practice. You’ll find Novato Family Martial Arts on Redwood Blvd, Ito’s White Tiger on Grant Avenue and North Bay Jiu Jitsu on Nave Drive.
If the great outdoors is more your thing, DSW at Vintage Oaks takes the sting out of buying a new pair of running shoes with typically discounted prices. If you prefer your running to involve kicking a ball around, as the name suggests, All Season Soccer would like to remind you that now’s as good a time as any to grab some new soccer gear.
It would be remiss of us not to mention that great Marin pastime, cycling, as a way to burn off the holiday calories. If your bike’s not in the best running order, a trip to Bicycle Brüstop or Old Town Sports may be in order.
As for healthy eating, ironically, having well-served our appetite for rich foods, Whole Foods has many more healthful choices for the January dieter. While you’re there, keep an eye out for super-food products from Navitas Naturals, who happen to be a Novato-based company making a splash in the health-food scene.
For more local options, there’s a great selection of healthy food at Nugget Market on Ignacio Blvd. and Trader Joe’s. If the household budget is in need of a post-holiday diet, you might consider checking out discount offerings at Grocery Outlet.
Whether you’re eating better, exercising more often or simply catching up on some hobby time, make a resolution to think local when you’re shopping. It’s convenient and good for the local economy. Your local retailers appreciate your support, just as much as they’re happy to be supporting you.