Exercising, eating healthier, “detoxing” and other healthy habits typically top people’s new year’s resolutions list. But since we’re in New Orleans, opportunities to indulge lie around every corner. However, we believe living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the city’s rich culture are not mutually exclusive. From burning calories with bounce music to races that feel more like parties, here’s our list of 5 uniquely New Orleans ways to get healthy in 2015.
1. Take a New Orleans-centric fitness class. You can burn some calories via sweat by going to see a brass band live or by joining a second line, but if you want to get moving to New Orleans music in a more fitness-centric atmosphere, take the bounce fitness class at Dancing Grounds. The cardio-heavy class features New Orleans bounce music while also incorporating sounds from around the world. (Be sure to check out our list of 7 Places to Take Dance Classes in New Orleans.)
2. Get a snowball with fresh juice. Snowballs are a delicious, but sugary, New Orleans treat. You can get a more healthful version at Beaucoup Juice, which offers a spin on the classic but with fresh juice made in-house. Beaucoup also offers regular juices and smoothies that use local produce and ingredients. Other juice bars using local ingredients include the Green Fork, Raw Republic and the newest juicer, The Pressery, which incorporates the Vietnamese flavors of New Orleans.
3. Take a jog through New Orleans’ beautiful green spaces. Running is a lot more pleasant amid a backdrop of gorgeous live oaks, like at Audubon and City Park. There are also other beautiful spots around town for a run or brisk walk; check out our picks for the most beautiful parks and running paths in New Orleans.
4. Participate in a raucous race. In true New Orleans fashion, the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and half marathon is just as much as a massive street party as it is a race. It features live music along the route and a post-race party with plenty of music, food and booze. This year’s post-race party features Trombone Shorty and the Kongos. Plus, the race routes take you all across the city — past the mansions of St. Charles Avenue, through the historic French Quarter and down beautiful Esplanade Avenue — so there are many sites to take in while you run.
5. Go on a glow-in-the-dark bike ride. If you’re a biker, NOLA Social Ride organizes rides to get you together with like-minded locals. The group hosts nighttime rides where riders cruise through the city on light-up bikes, which are not only fun for the riders but also for the passersby who witness them.