New Year, new you, right? But keeping resolutions is never easy. These 10 Denver fitness solutions can help you stay on track…even if you have kids in tow.
I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but I love the hopeful feeling the New Year brings…that feeling that this year — this year! — is the year I finally do all those things I’ve been meaning to do…organize our home, streamline our lives, and exercise regularly. I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions, but I do embrace the idea of new beginnings and the momentum that comes with it. And January always feels like just the subtle prompt I need to reset.
But as I’m constantly chasing two young kids, I’m finding it harder to get that reset time these days. With my youngest only two years old, I’ll admit I’ve fallen into the mommyhood trap of putting everyone first, which never really works well since I always end up feeling burned out and crabby…so everyone suffers! But, starting this month I plan to stick to a routine of reclaiming a little me time that includes incorporating regular yoga classes back into my life.
I’ve discovered there are three great impediments to picking up and sticking to a new exercise routine…boredom, cost, and if you’re a parent, childcare. The last one is what’s been tripping me up for the last couple of years. But after a little research, I learned there are so many Denver resources that even these obstacles are no longer a good excuse. So, here are 10 ways to get past the boredom, cost and childcare issues with a little help from some Denver businesses…
Obstacle #1: Boredom
Solution: Denver’s got exercise options you’ve never imagined!
Don’t let boredom keep you from sticking to those exercise resolutions. There’s more than one way to exercise, and Denver has options you’ve probably never even considered. Here are a few…
Snowga! Yoga on the Ice (Downtown: Denver Ice Rink, Skyline Park) Throughout January and early February only, you can take your yoga to a whole other level by putting it on ice. (And, this one is free!) Hosted by Yoga High Denver.
Sweat, Spin and Sip, (LoDo: The Viewhouse, 2015 Market Street) Cycle first, eat and drink after at this special occasion class.
SUP Yoga at Rocky Mountain Paddleboard (Greenwood Village: Cherry Creek Reservoir) Okay, you’ll have to get past January and the icy weather before you can enjoy this one, but if you’ve been curious about the SUP craze, this might keep you exercising through the spring. This local company offers Denver, Boulder and Longmont locations.
City Surf Fitness: (Uptown: 595 E. 19th Avenue) Yes, you can get your surf on in Denver…only it will be indoors and without water. But, this workout looks fun and could help you be ready to surf the South Platte. (What? You didn’t know that was a thing?)
Obstacle #2: Cost
Solution: Try out FitLo Denver Passport Classes (or free Civic Center Park classes!)
If your New Year’s resolutions includes stopping up the leaks in your bank account, perhaps you’re thinking you can’t afford to get into an exercise routine. But, there’s a few local options for you, too.
FitLo Denver Passport: For only $10/month you can check out three studios each month and also gain special access to passport classes like SoundCycle and Pinot, Prosecco & Pilates.
Civic Center MOVES, (Downtown: Civic Center Park) This free program offers an all-levels fitness series with a different class each day and at different times of the day. Current classes include various yoga styles as well as full-body conditioning and a fitness tribe.
Obstacle #3: Childcare
Solution: Some Denver fitness studios offer kids’ classes and even on-site childcare!
Personally my biggest obstacle these days is what to do with my 2-year-old. I’ve tried evening classes or weekend classes when my husband is home, but they haven’t worked for me because I’m either too tired in the evening or we have other commitments on the weekend. (Sure, lately they involve a lot of kiddie birthday parties, but you gotta do what you gotta do.) So discovering that some places actually offer on-site childcare is a game-changer for me.
Barre 3 Studio (Cherry Creek: 2828 E. 6th Avenue) This barre studio also has a “play lounge” for kids. My sister loves this studio and says my 2-year-old nephew always saunters off to the childcare area without a backwards glance. And teens 14 years and up are welcome to attend classes. There are 3 other Denver-area locations, including Belleview Station, Highlands Ranch, and soon-to-be in Highlands Square.
Kindness Yoga (Aurora: The Stanley Marketplace) You may already know that Kindness Yoga has seven area locations, but did you know that the Stanley location has kids’ yoga classes (ages 3-6 and 7-11)? The kids’ classes are held at the same time as their regular classes so you both get mentally and physically fit.
Ohana Yoga + Barre (Berkeley: 4342 Tennyson Street) So many friends have raved about this place but I only recently checked it out and discovered that this place is going to be a life-saver for me. The studio space is peaceful and calming, and the childcare area is located right up front, so there’s lots of eyes on the kids and caregivers, a relief if you’re new to the space.
The River Yoga (Baker: 1212 Delaware Street) Not only does The River Yoga offer on-site childcare, but they also offer play-based yoga classes for kiddos. My 5-year-old loved the opportunity to go to his very own class, and 4 years and up can even be dropped off.
(Another tip…check out your local recreation center! Wheat Ridge Rec Center is one that offers childcare, too.)
Working on your New Year’s resolutions? You might also be interested in… Colorado’s Make My Notebook Helps You to Write Your Way to Your Best Life and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions, Denver-Style.