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    Are you making 2020 fitness goals and looking for a change? If you live near South Austin, you should look no further! 🥊💪

    Legends Boxing in South Austin officially opened doors for classes on Friday December 20th, are now hosting 3-6 classes daily, and we will be hosting a Grand Opening for the Public on Saturday February 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

    Come check out this very new and innovative fitness concept to Austin and see what Legends Boxing is all about! We will be hosting several giveaways, including memberships, swag and merchandise, and we will be providing all types of chocolate covered snacks, champagne, sparkling cider and other snacks and drinks (Valentine’s theme), face-painters, music, food trucks and much more! Kids and dogs welcome and be sure to bring all of your fitness friends and family with you!

    You don’t need to already know how to box or love boxing to LOVE Legends Boxing! With Legends Boxing, you:
    – Join the Legends Boxing TRIBE and family!
    – Learn REAL USA Boxing!
    – Get the Fitness RESULTS you want!

    At Legends Boxing, your first class is always FREE! Come try us out and enjoy learning real USA boxing while burning serious calories with a semi-personal close and an amazing class of people! If interested, you can call us at (512) 387-8045, send an email to or visit our website at: For Spanish speakers, call: 505-787-3110.

    We are also offering a limited time special pricing MEMBERSHIP for our first 100 members! This membership includes:
    – Unlimited Classes
    – Month-to-Month contract – no long-term commitment with only 30 days notice to cancel!
    – Free Gloves and Wraps ($50 value)
    – Lock in your membership for just $100/month! *prices will go up to $125/month to $150/month*
    – And of course bragging rights for being one of the first Legends Boxing South Austin members!
    – We are also offering special pricing for members 101-200 but it won’t be as good as this!

    It’s time for a change and to have a more fit and fun 2020 – hope to see you soon at the gym soon!

    Fist bump,

    Lauren Stevens, Gym Manager
    South Austin LEGENDS Boxing 🥊
    Address: 9001 Brodie Ln #C9, Austin, Texas 78748
    IG: @Legendsboxing_southaustin
    Phone: (512) 387-8045

    Best Pilates Studios in Austin

    Pilates reformer machines are so dang hard. They utilize springs to add weight and create more resistance in your workout. Like Barre, Pilates is extremely toning and creates long, lean muscles. Your heart rate is definitely up and most studios have body weight cardio bursts integrated throughout the class.

    Club Pilates

    This one has a bunch of locations and class options and we especially love the Cardio Sculpt class! Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates studio that offers small-group classes in a variety of formats and for all levels. Discover the many benefits of this low-impact, full-body routine.


    East Austin – In Plaza Saltillo, near Wholefoods and Hopdoddy on E 5th Street

    Domain/North Burnet – On North Burnet, next to Chilanto and Summermoon Coffee

    Round Rock – At the intersection of highways 45 and 35 in the old Garden Ridge spot, now called Crossing Point Shopping Center

    Cedar Park – In the Parke Shopping Center next to Bath and Body Shop and Maurices, in the same center as Wholefoods 365 and Costco

    Georgetown (Coming Soon) – at 35 and University, next to the HEB

    Favorite Instructors: Banks Cooney (also teaches at Equinox), Erin Finney (used to be at Redbird, so cute and great music!), Ann Tan (so warm and welcoming, great at making sure your form is correct), Charlie Qureshi (over 16 years of Pilates teaching experience!)

    Cost: $29/class for a drop-in, but it’s more of a membership studio $89-199/month, student discounts

    Parking: East Side – Validated parking in garage, or street parking; All Other Studios offer free parking in a lot.

    *Currently not on ClassPass. 

    Club Pilates


    Solidcore is tough and their classes are faster moving than the others we’ve tried. They really focus on one muscle and one movement until the muscle is completely exhausted. The studio is darker and they play more hip hop type music—so basically the SoulCycle of Pilates Reformer! No socks required.

    Locations: Downtown (2nd and Colorado) and the Triangle

    Favorite Instructors: Liv Cortes (She really pushes you with weight and keeping a very quick pace, also great music!), Bre Bradford (Studio Manager of the Triangle location but teaches at both—she is great at making sure you are hitting the correct form)

    Cost: $30/Class, or for “Off Peak” $25/class, New Client Special – 2 Pack for $19/class

    Parking: Downtown – Park in Amli Garage and bring your ticket in with you for validation, Triangle – Free Parking in lot and garages

    Classes are 9-12 credits on ClassPass.


    Pure Pilates

    Pure studios are light, bright, airy, and clean. We love that they have so many locations, too! Sticky socks required.

    Locations: South Lamar (in the Amli Apartments), West Campus, The Domain

    Favorite Instructors: Chelsea K. (tough and very particular about your form), Missy (lead trainer, positive and uplifting, also plays great music!)

    Cost: $30/class, A lot of student deals – 15% off for students, New Client (Student) $25/two classes; New Client (non-student) $30/two classes

    Parking: South Lamar – Free parking in Amli Garage; West Campus – Validated parking in the Quarters Garage; Domain – Free parking in garage and in front of studio

    Urban Lagree

    This is Pilates on Lagree machines that have ramps to let the instructor move the machines to be at more of an incline, leaving you shaking and sweating! Sticky socks required.

    Locations: 12th and Chicon on the first floor of the Chicon Apartments

    Favorite Instructors: Abbie (co-owner and head trainer, she has been teaching for a long time and it shows!), Katie (other co-owner and head trainer, super upbeat, great music and hard classes!)

    Cost: $30/class, New Client Special – 2 classes for $30, or $125/month unlimited

    Parking: Free Parking on street or in parking lot

    Classes are 5-11 credits on ClassPass. 

    Lagree Studio

    We love the class selection here—they even have 30 minute express classes that are perfect for busy schedules. The Arboretum and the Galleria locations also have Versa Climbers, which is a great full-body, cardio workout. Sticky socks required.

    Locations: Three – Downtown, Galleria, Arboretum

    Favorite Instructors: Jess Clark (used to teach at Ride and also teaches Precision Run at Equinox – great music and gives good direction on form), Adriana (funny and great music!), April (adorable, and we love her Versaclimber classes!)

    Cost: $35/class, New Clients $89/two weeks unlimited

    Parking: Free Parking in parking lots

    Classes are 7 credits on ClassPass.

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    So typical, right? Getting in the fitness game in January after a holiday season of poor decisions. Well, no matter what your current situation is—we are here for you!

    Below we have compiled our favorite workouts in Austin by category: Spin; Barre; Pilates, Yoga; Bootcamps; Gyms; Outdoor Activities; and Diet, Health, and Wellness.

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    Best Outdoor Workouts in Austin

    Austin has some of the best outdoor workout activities. Between our hiking and biking trails; lakes, rivers, and greenbelts; paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming—the options are truly endless. This is also a great budget option for workouts!

    We also love the social aspect of outdoor workouts. One of our favorite companies, The Loop Running Supply, has group running workouts on Friday mornings at 6 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. These are 3-5 mile runs that take off from their store underneath the Gables Park Plaza on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Sandra Muraida Way, in the Seaholm District. They are perfect for people who want to run with a buddy, and have a level of accountability within the group. You can also get a ton of affordable, quality brands of fitness attire in their store!

    The Loop Group Run

    Kayaking, Canoeing, and Paddleboarding

    Kayaking and Canoeing are the perfect combination of a leisure activity and exercise. Paddleboarding is not only fun, but also a great way to build core strength. It’s perfect for warm days where you can get some sun, too.

    Our favorites:

    Congress Avenue Kayaks

    One of the things we love about CAvK, is the multitude of offerings. See below for all of the ways you can get fit on Town Lake with Congress Avenue Kayaks! Located at Waller Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park (near Rainey), makes it just a short ride to the Congress Avenue Bridge.

    • Rentals: Single, Double, and Triple Seater Kayaks; Stand Up Paddleboards
    • Pricing: Single – $12/hr (+$7 additional hour), Double – $15/hr (+$7 additional hour), Triple – $25/hr (+$15 additional hour); Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) – $20/hr (+$15 additional hour),
      • Also offer half-day rental deal for kayaks at $25
    • Additional Offerings:
      • Guided Sunset Bat Tours ($50 for Double Kayak – this would be great for friends/family visiting!)
      • Guided Downtown to Barton Springs Tours ($30/person, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 2 hours)
      • Yoga classes, private lessons, and a free Kids Kayak Day one Saturday a month starting in April (Facebook signup).

    Check out more about Congress Avenue Kayaks here.

    Congress Avenue Kayaks

    Check out our other ways to enjoy the water, here!

    Hidden Hiking Trails

    Check out our post on all hidden hiking trails in and around the Austin area. Shop all the best running and hiking gear at our favorite spot: The Loop Running Supply.

    The Loop Running Supply is our favorite one-stop shop for all of our fitness needs. They carry a ton of different brands for a perfectly curated shopping experience with affordable prices.

    Check out our post on Loop, here.

    The Loop Running Supply

    Barton Springs Pool

    Barton Springs Pool is the fourth-largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68 degree water temperature making it one of the best places to swim year-round. Here’s a fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here. We say that bodes well for your athletic aspirations. If you want to get in shape and live your best Austin life while you do it—swimming the length of this civic treasure should be a go-to.

    2131 William Barton Dr.
    Austin, TX 78746
    (512) 974-6300

    Barton Springs Pool
    Photo – Austin Chronicle

    Roy and Ann Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

    The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields .and cultural attractions. It is THE Austin workout and a great way to fall in love with fitness and this fabulous city at the same time. The 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized and popular recreational area.

    900 W Riverside Dr.
    Austin, TX 78704

    Walnut Creek Greenbelt

    A popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down.

    2611 Park Bend Dr. 
    Austin, TX 78701

    Walnut Creek Greenbelt

    Spicewood Valley Trail

    This 1.3 mile hike is a great workout and wonderful way to get your heart rate up outside of a gym! It is also very convenient —the perfect not-too-long, not-too-short hike for an evening outing with a friend. Plan for a little over an hour to complete the hike.

    The high points are definitely the man-made waterfall and the awesome stonework that you get to see.

    183 South on Spicewood Springs Road
    Right onto Scotland Well Drive
    Right onto Middlebie Drive & look for parking
    Start of Trail – Just Across the street from Mountain View Park

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    A Place Like Castle Hill Fitness Could Only Happen in Austin

    If you’re one of those people who hops from fitness studio to fitness studio trying new workouts, there is a local Austin gem you should know about. Locally owned and locally beloved Castle Hill Fitness has been around for decades and has two locations that inspire serious dedication in their members—12th and Lamar and off 360 and Westlake Drive. They have always been about variety and the big picture of wellness, which has led them to develop a ton of classes, facilities, and services. 

    Everything you need to be the person you’ve always wanted to be is under one roof. 

    Skilled providers in Pilates, yoga, massage, skin care, and personal training are what sets this place apart. Their goal is to offer such a variety that you can be a member for a really long time—through any stage of your life.

    If you are looking for a fitness experience that has a little of that personal, Austin flavor—check out Castle Hill. Both locations offer something different (the 360 location has childcare while downtown has infrared saunas). No matter which one you frequent, you can expect an approachable local gym with a welcoming staff and a no-frills attitude. If you know, you know. 

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    Find Custom Footwear and Stylish Apparel for Runners at The Loop

    If you are serious about getting into running this year, you should dress like you mean it. The Loop Running Supply equips and empowers athletes of all fitness levels with a curated selection of technical footwear and apparel. 

    This is more than a store—it’s a place for the Austin running community to come together and get better daily. Whether you are jogging around the hike and bike trail, or running the race of your life, you need the support of people and great gear from top brands. 

    They specialize in custom fittings for footwear–which can honestly change your life. Stop in to explore their stylish clothing and accessories, too. 

    If you are curious about the name, “The Loop” stands for so much more than a commonly used route. The brand stands for all those who have propelled the owners’ dream to this point, and to the supporters and customers in our future who we will become friends—a ring of runners.

    Loop Group Run – Fridays & Wednesdays

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    Try a Free Total-Body Workout and Learn Real Boxing Technique

    It’s January and lots of people are already kicking themselves about not working out. But maybe this year it’s time to stop thinking about sweating for sweating’s sake and commit to learning something new. Legends Boxing in South Austin is much more than a workout. This is a way to achieve the RESULTS you want while learning REAL USA boxing technique and BELONG a tribe, family, and community. It’s a fun and challenging alternative to traditional fitness gyms! Switch things up in 2020. 

    Their step-by-step Boxing Fitness classes, all led and created by certified coaches, will teach you proper footwork, punching technique, and self-defense, and also take you through total-body conditioning exercises and a new daily workout. The workouts are designed for any fitness level and can be modified to fit your abilities. Trust us, you won’t find another way of working out that is as empowering.

    Legends Boxing South Austin

    Before you sign up, click here to schedule your free workout and use the code 365ThingsAustin. 

    If you love it, it’s a great time to lock in amazing prices. Right now Legends is offering the first 100 members unlimited classes for just $100 per month, plus they’ll get you outfitted with free gloves and wraps, and a T-shirt! There’s no enrollment fee or long-term commitment required. Try it today and start to love working out again.

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    Diet, Health and Wellness in Austin

    It is true what they say, “abs are made in the kitchen.” We can’t talk about fitness without talking about some of the most important facets of living a healthy lifestyle: diet, health, and wellness. Below we cover  healthy lifestyle habits, local restaurants and delivery services, and a few general tips for living your best life in Austin.  those in our city.


    The word “diet” is falling out of fashion. Now-a-days, it really is about living a healthy lifestyle versus adapting to some fad diet and hoping it sticks. The 80/20 rule is easy to remember and understand:.Eat healthy 80% of the time with foods that work for you and your lifestyle. The other 20% of the time, indulge a little bit. Allow yourself that cookie, that slice of pizza, that frozen marg (@polvos). Without those mindful indulgences, you’re creating an environment where you are sure to go off the rails and abandon a healthy lifestyle all together because it was just “too hard.”

    Some of our favorite healthy lifestyle tips are below:


    Yes, fiber. Vegetables. Wheat Bran (Gluten). Legumes. Fiber is crucial to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Women should aim for 35+ grams of fiber a day, and men should aim for 40+ grams of fiber per day. Eating fiber and protein at each meal ensures a regular metabolism. Fiber binds to the carbs you are consuming and ushers them out of your body so the fat from the carbs are not sitting inside of you causing weight gain and bloating.

    One of our favorite brands to follow in this category is F-Factor. Tanya Zuckerbrot created this plan, which guarantees that if you are eating 35+ grams of fiber a day, and trying to stay below a 35 gram net carb (Total Carb – Total Fiber = Net Carb), the weight will begin to fall off. You will never feel as light, lean, and slim as when you are eating the F-Factor way.

    F-Factor allows you to drink, eat out, eat dairy, and eat carbs. It doesn’t hold you back from living a social lifestyle which, lets be honest, we’re in Austin and we like our Mexican food and margs OK?? Listen to this podcast Tanya did with the Skinny Confidential. You will be hooked. Try following Tanya or Lauryn on Instagram, it helps to join a community that has your same healthy lifestyle goals and to be inspired by the countless recipes, and dining out experiences while living the F-Factor way. Check out this table to see net carbs in some of the most high fiber foods. Integrate these into your daily routine, when eating out look for these on menus and be sure to order to up your fiber intake.


    This is a low-carb or no-carb diet where the body experiences ketosis. Molecules called ketones build up in the bloodstream and while low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar to drop, our bodies begin burning fat for energy. The key here is not to overdo it on fats and proteins, and be sure you are still eating enough fiber. The combination of low carb, high fat and protein, and good fiber intake makes a well-balanced diet. What is great about Keto is that you are still eating dairy, meat, fat, and other things that are sometimes considered unhealthy. As always, everything in moderation, but we have seen great results from living a Keto lifestyle. Our favorite way to find Keto recipes is just by following #KetoRecipes on Instagram!


    It shouldn’t be a surprise that masses of people have switched to a vegetarian diet in recent years. There are a variety of reasons to do this, including concern for animal rights and the environment. Studies have shown that vegetarians are less prone to common diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes as well. An article published by the Huffington Post showed that vegans and vegetarians had a significantly longer life expectancies—on average more than eight years longer than the general population. Blue Cross Blue Shield has also published several reports showing that vegetarians also have a lower risk of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.

    Overall this is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle. You can still find protein sources outside of meat with eggs (for vegetarians, not vegan), a variety of legumes, and grains such as black beans, chickpeas, quinoa, and others. This is also a very fiber rich diet which, as we listed above, has major health benefits as well. One of our favorite vegetarian/vegan recipe creators is The Minimalist Baker. Her recipes are very inventive and based on common dishes we all know and love, making becoming a vegetarian a very approachable change in diet. Of course living in Austin, there are so many restaurants that adhere to this lifestyle too. Below you will find a list of some of our favorite vegan/vegetarian restaurants.

    Minimalist Baker – Vegan Enchiladas

    Austin Staples for a Healthy Lifestyle and Diet

    Snap Kitchen

    Not a meal prepper? Us either. Snap Kitchen makes it so easy to eat healthy throughout the week. You can stop by one of their 13 Austin locations (including inside any Whole Foods), and grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks for the week. They are all pre-packaged and microwavable making it super easy for the office. They are very affordable too ($3-11/meal depending on size), and offer low-carb, Keto, and vegetarian lifestyle plans.

    Snap Kitchen

    Grocery Delivery:

    Getting groceries delivered to you to saves time. H-E-B and Whole Foods have great pre-made options too, so you can even utilize these services for office deliveries to make it easy to stay on track during the work week. Grocery delivery also helps you order only what you need works best if you plan ahead for cooking for meals that week. It also helps to cut costs on groceries by not throwing extra things in your cart as you pass by them in the store. We also love being able to add things to your grocery list throughout the week with ease!

    Amazon PrimeNow Grocery Delivery – Spend $35 and the delivery is free! Download the separate PrimeNow app to scroll through options at your local Whole Foods. Since Whole Foods and Amazon merged, bringing the less-expensive 365 Every Day Value Brand, it is honestly cheaper than you think to buy your groceries there. Use Code: 10PRIMENOW for $10 off your first order.

    H-E-B Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery – Curbside: $4.95 shopper fee; Delivery: Shopper Fee + $5 Delivery Fee. I love using the HEB app because you can find so many coupons to help save money. Can also order H-E-B with Favor (this includes Alcohol)!

    Instacart – Order from Specs, Total Wine, Wheatsville, Natural Grocers, Sprouts, Target, H-E-B, Central Market, Randall’s, Costco, Sam’s, CVS, Petco, and Tomlinson’s. Super fast delivery times. Great when you’re in a bind—place the order before you leave the office and have groceries delivered to your house within an hour! Deliveries as low as $3.99. Use this code for $10 off your first delivery. 

    Healthy Dining Out

    Vinaigrette – Tons of great salad options. (South Congress)

    Citizen Eatery – Vegan. (North Burnet)

    Honest Mary’s – Build your own grain bowls. (Arboretum location open, Rosedale coming soon)

    ATX Food Co. – Vegan trailer. Order online & Pickup or from multiple delivery services. (Barton Springs)

    Blenders & Bowls – Acai bowls. (5 Locations – Downtown, Westlake, Eastside, Domain, Guadalupe)

    Bouldin Creek Cafe – Vegetarian. (South 1st)

    Whole Foods Salad Bar – a TON of toppings to choose from. (Multiple Locations)

    Picnik – Very clean, farm-to-table, optional vegan cuisine with approachable known dishes. (Trailer on S. Lamar & Restaurant on N. Burnet) Pro Tip: Try their butter coffee, the fat in the butter and MCT Oil (a form of coconut oil), help make the caffeine last longer and leave you less jittery. #keto

    Salata – Build your own salad. (Arboretum)

    Joann’s – Powerbowl. (South Congress)

    Fresa’s – Kale Caesar, Power and Super Bol’s, Brussels, Beets. (South 1st Restaurant & 6th and Lamar Drive-Thru) – Pro Tip: Substitute chips for carrots & jicama sticks with salsa, queso and guac!

    Poke Poke, Poke Eatery and Malibu Poke – Lean raw fish poke dishes. (Multiple Locations) – Pro Tip: Sub greens for rice, and at Malibu Poke – try their cauliflower rice!

    Juiceland and Daily Juice – Smoothies. (Multiple Locations) – Pro Tip: Sub cauliflower for banana and diminish 90% of the carbs in your smoothies.

    Steeping Room – Great salads and vegan options. (North Lamar and the Domain).

    Flowerchild – Counter service, quick healthy dishes. (Downtown – 2nd Street, and Domain Northside)

    True Food Kitchen – Same owners as Flowerchild, sit down restaurant, local healthy dishes, can order vegan. (Downtown – Seaholm, and the Domain) Pro Tip: Get the Edamame Dumplings!

    Counter Culture – Vegan. (East Cesar Chavez) Pro Tip: Try their pizzas, tacos and burgers! They’re awesome even if you are not vegan.

    Curcuma – Vegan Food Truck. (East Cesar Chavez)

    Sweetgreen – Build your own salad. (Coming Soon – South Congress, next to Equinox)

    Health and Wellness

    What exactly is health and wellness? We hear these words often but what do they truly mean? Wellness is really just being more aware of things you can do to be living a healthy lifestyle, and making positive choices. A study by UC Davis identified eight areas of wellness: emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual, social, occupational, financial, and intellectual.

    Emotional Wellness

    Emotional wellness is also your mental wellness. This would include self-care and relaxation in order to decrease stress levels. Increased stress = increased cortisol levels, which have been related to weight gain. Be sure to take time to relax, put your phone down (reduce blue light), sleep when you’re tired, listen to your body, and practice self care. Self care could be going to the spa (take a water taxi to Lake Austin spa), or it could be taking a warm bath (with a lush bath bomb) and reading a book to relax and ease the mind. Take mental health days when you need them, talk to a therapist or counselor (UT Psychology program offers a free clinic to the public with UT doctorate students offering counseling services for a fraction of the cost), and look into meditation.

    Meditation: There are a few places in Austin that are great for getting your feet wet in the meditation space. Check out Meditation Bar near MoPac and Steck ($30 introductory offer for first week – unlimited, or $18/class drop in), Kadampa Meditation Center near William Cannon and Manchaca (they also have events), or downloading a guided meditation app like Headspace. Headspace makes it super easy to wake up and have a few minutes of guided meditation. Practicing mindfulness and reduce stress before going into your busy day.

    Physical Wellness

    This goes into taking care of your body and health. This includes exercise and fitness, diet, seeking help when needed (going to the doctor, having regular physicals and bloodwork), and getting enough sleep.

    If you don’t believe in modern medicine and don’t like the idea of shots and drugs, you should definitely check out Ayurvedic Medicine. Listen to this podcast by Skinny Confidential where they interview Sahara Rose, author of the book Idiots Guide to Ayerveda. In ayurvedic medicine, there are three mind-body types or “doshas” – Vata, Kapha, and Pitta; basically three substances present in your body and health exists when there is a balance between those three bodily elements. Once you find out which type you are, you can create a lifestyle routine around it. This can include recipes for your dosha type, and specific home healing remedies. You can take a quiz here to figure out your dosha, and explore from there!

    Environmental Wellness

    This is really respecting our planet and taking steps to protect it. Interact with nature—Austin has so many places where you can do this: hiking, biking, walking the trail, getting out on the lake or river, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming; going to the park, and, if you have a dog,  taking them for a walk or hike; running outside, etc. Check out our post on best outdoor workouts in Austin. There are ton of great places to explore and it will really build a strong environmental consciousness by raising your awareness of the environment you’re in.

    Environmental wellness also includes your immediate space around you. Think about more plants in your home and work space, high-quality filtered water, clean air (changing your AC filter), and more natural light.

    Rowing Dock

    Social Wellness

    It is important to have a social aspect of your life whether it be with family, friends, coworkers or others. This creates a support network of encouraging relationships with peers, and intimate romantic relationships. The key here is to surround yourself with people who are lifting you up, not bringing you down. It’s a new year and it is OK to reevaluate relationships and truly see who is adding value.

    Being in a socially happy place also creates a sense of belonging, increasing overall happiness and physical health, which also leads to more motivation and productivity in your life. If you’re new to Austin, get involved in a group. This could be an active group like a gym (check out our post on best gyms in Austin), running club (check out Loop Running Supply), co-ed sports like kickball (Club WAKA is great) or softball. It could also be a spiritual or religious group; or getting to know more people in the workplace who could become friends outside of the office.

    Spiritual Wellness

    Spirituality can mean multiple things—relaxation or religion; aligning our values with our actions. This goes hand-in-hand with emotional wellness, and creating a set of beliefs and values that give meaning and direction to our lives. Meditation, yoga, prayer—these could all be examples of practicing spiritual wellness. Check out some of our favorite yoga studios, here.

    Occupational Wellness

    This is committing to a work environment that is supporting good health and productivity and allowing for a positive work-life balance. Through this, we still want to feel fulfilled in our jobs, and as though our careers are progressing. An article by Allwork says that occupational health is a leading factor of good health, especially considering that people spend over 40 hours of their week in the workplace. Austin has some of the best occupational wellness workplaces in the country, including companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Dell, and many others. Working in open spaces, collaborative environments, social aspects of the workplace with group outings and team functions, flexible time off, less stress (remember, stress = increased cortisol = weight gain) and increased ability to grow in your career. All of these things contribute to a strong occupational wellness and are important in overall health. Check out this article on Glassdoor with the top places to work in Austin, that outlines details about work life balance and positive reviews from employees.

    Intellectual Wellness

    Intellectual wellness is all about continuing to learn and grow, using the resources around you to become a more intelligent individual. Reading (join a book club with friends, or even try a virtual group like Oprah’s book club), continuing education through professional development classes  sign up for a classes at ACC that might interest you like, painting, pottery, etc.) or workshops around the city (like a free money management class). Check out any cultural events in Austin, or community activities. Join the nextdoor app, and see what community activities could be going on right in your own neighborhood. The Austin Public Library also has events going on at multiple locations every single day.

    Austin Central Public Library

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    Sunday is Ballet Austin’s annual day of free fitness and Pilates! This is  your chance to sample a variety of classes and kick off your fitness journey for 2020.

    Doors open at 1 p.m. and classes begin at 1:30 p.m. Try out classes, get tips for living healthy, tour the exhibit area to chat with local wellness experts, sample healthy snacks, and attend presentations. Classes are held every 30 minutes and last 20 minutes. Choose from Pilates reformer, yoga, Cardio Hip Hop, Bollywood Cardio Dance Fitness, and more.

    Classes are aimed at adults, but children 12 and under are welcome to attend with an adult. 

    Oh, and there are prizes! Everyone wins on the prize wheel. Plus, register for a chance at the grand prize drawings, including  dance and fitness classes, Pilates reformer sessions, and tickets to Ballet Austin performances. 

    RSVP here. 

    When: Sunday, January 12; 1-4:30 p.m.

    Where: Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness – 501 W. 3rd St.

    Cost: FREE

    Parking: Free parking is available at State Garage N directly across 3rd Street to the north of Ballet Austin 

    More information: or 512-501-8704

      Are you making 2020 fitness goals and looking for a change? Then you need to come try out one of our FREE one-hour boxing fitness classes on New Year’s Day, at 9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and see why boxing fitness is exploding into the fitness industry!

      Legends Boxing in South Austin officially opened its doors for classes on December 20th and Austinites are LOVING it!

      Experience first-hand this very new and innovative fitness concept to Austin and see what Legends Boxing is all about! You don’t need to already know how to box or love boxing to LOVE Legends Boxing! With Legends Boxing, you:
      – BELONG to the Legends Boxing Tribe, Family & Community
      – Learn REAL USA Boxing
      – Get the Fitness RESULTS you want!

      Our Boxing Fitness classes are a fun, fresh & motivating way to get your workout in. Every day we have a brand new, 1-hour workout for you, created & led by our certified coaches. Our workouts incorporate total-body exercises such as jumping rope, push-ups, squats, working the heavy bag and SO MUCH MORE.

      Our workouts are a great way to switch up the way you workout, are designed for any fitness level and can be modified to fit your abilities. Our coaches will be right there to help and teach you, every step of the way! Intrigued, curious and excited?

      At Legends Boxing, your first class is always FREE! Come try a FREE WORKOUT with us and see why our members LOVE it here! On New Year’s Day, our three classes are at 9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and we ask that you book in advance.

      To schedule your FREE class, you can call us at (512) 387-8045, send an email to or visit our website at: For Spanish speakers, call: 505-787-3110.

      It’s time for a change and to have a more fit and fun 2020 – hope to see you soon at the gym soon!

      Fist bump,

      Lauren Stevens, Gym Manager
      South Austin LEGENDS Boxing 🥊
      Address: 9001 Brodie Ln #C9, Austin, Texas 78748
      IG: @Legendsboxing_southaustin
      Phone: (512) 387-8045