A new year is the perfect opportunity to discover a new you. If your 2019 goals revolve around health and wellness, it’s great to kick off those lifestyle changes in a way that’s exciting and fun. Building new habits can be difficult, particularly when it comes to fitness routines, but starting off with a bang will help you find the enthusiasm to support long-term success.
A great way to get stoked on exercise is jumping into a race. Races are social sporting events, and you’ll find a lot of support from other participants. You can sign up with friends or family, or if you’re flying solo, you can meet potential future workout buddies. Races are also an effective way to cultivate a sense of accomplishment. By participating in an event with a clear, attainable goal, you’ll walk away with a sense of achievement that will boost your confidence as you work towards long-term goals.
Participating in regular races is a useful method to measure the progress of your fitness journey. And don’t worry: at a race, you always set your own pace. But if you do find yourself wanting to improve your time or your form, we’ve got you covered with customized running plans. Don’t be afraid to reach out: we work with runners (and non-runners) of all experience levels!
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For a small, slower-paced city, New Orleans offers a wealth of races year-round. A great race resource is the New Orleans Track Club (NOTC). NOTC is a membership-based running and walking club that produces and promotes running events as both a competitive sport and a pathway to physical and mental fitness. NOTC welcomes runners and non-runners alike and offers members discounted entry fees on races. Joining NOTC is be an easy, effective way to hold yourself accountable to sticking with healthful habits in the new year.
Sign up for Races in New Orleans!
If you’d like to get a taste of what races are all about, you can sign up to participate in or volunteer with one of the upcoming NOTC races early this year:
9K – 5.6 Miles
Sunday, January 6th
Aycock Barn, Arabi, Saint Bernard Parish
5K, Kids’ Half Mile
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Family Gras on Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie
5K, 1 Mile
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Audubon Park, New Orleans
5K and Half Mile
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Mardi Gras Fountain, Lakefront, New Orleans
NOTC is a non-profit organization. Your membership fee pays for benefits that you receive as a runner or walker, as well as community health and wellness programs like Youth Run NOLA and Girls On The Run.
Girls On The Run is a fitness program that empowers girls through promoting physical and mental health. Over the course of a 10-week program, participants engage in discussion, activities, and running-based games with trained coaches in order to build life skills and a commitment to fitness. The program culminates in a celebratory 5K race. If you would like to support Girls On The Run, sign up to volunteer on race day!
So what are you waiting for? Lace up and hit the pavement. A whole new you is waiting at the finish line! For more information, contact All Inclusive Health today.