A new year – and a new decade – means plenty of people will be setting goals to accomplish during the next 365. Some folks want to break old habits, while others want to start new ones. Either way, we’re all looking for ways to improve ourselves and our lives.
Some of the most common resolutions include getting more exercise, losing weight, eating healthier, budgeting, quitting smoking and increasing self-care. According to psychologists, people are 10 times more likely to change their behavior when they set New Year’s resolutions than those who don’t have goals in mind for the next 12 months. The vast majority of people who set resolutions quit pursuing them within the first 30 days, so to help you get on the road to reaching your goals, we’ve compiled a list of Houston-area spots that will help you have your best year ever.
Resolution: Exercise More
Texas Rock Gym
Skip the traditional gym with its treadmills and weights and fire up those muscles climbing large boulders at Texas Rock Gym. Grab a rope and see how high you can climb, or for the more experienced, make the trek sans rope. Group classes and clinics are available.
Verticality Pole Fitness
Bring some laughter and hip action to your workout at Verticality Pole Fitness. Whether you’re with a group of friends or co-workers or you're going solo, this activity involves some fun moves from the world of ballet, belly dancing, yoga and Pilates.
Get ready to take the ride of your life at Revolution Studio, a boutique indoor cycling center. Once you’re done revving up with great music and an energetic ride, cool down with a yoga class.
Resolution: Eat Healthier
If you are thinking of cutting back on meat for the new year, visit Elevation Burger, where you’ll have a variety of veggie and began burgers at about 300 calories each. Not to worry, your meat-eating friends can tag along and order from the beef options.
Healthy Mexican food may sound like an oxymoron, but at Hugo’s, it’s a reality. The vegetarian menu is based on Mexican cuisine including the appetizers, entrees and side dishes. Try the stuffed enchiladas; you’ll thank us later.
Green Seed Vegan
Head over to the Museum District to grab a healthy bite at Green Seed Vegan. You’ll have your choice of fresh pressed raw juices, smoothies, paninis, raw vegan meals and more. From the menu, try the Tosh, maple jerk tempeh with grilled plantains, spinach and jerk aioli.
Resolution: Improve Self-Care
Take a trip to Italy from right here in Houston at the Tuscan-inspired, award-winning Fiori Spa. Located in the Galleria area, Fiori has luxurious massages, facials, manicure and pedicure services as well as tanning, waxing and other body treatments. You can even have a glass of bubbly while you’re being pampered.
If your plan to get a little more rest in 2020, check out Nap Bar inside the Galleria mall. Geta few z’s in between shopping, lunch, drinks or ice skating. You’ll enjoy organic bedding, aromatherapy, a relaxing atmosphere and a cool place to get refreshed after a light snooze session.
Dolce Vita Day Spa
Men and women alike will enjoy the soothing, tranquil environment of Dolce Vita Day Spa. Soft music, falling water statues, and an attractive décor will lull you into a feeling of peace. Choose from a selection of massages, body therapies, and skin treatments such as natural peels, cellulite treatments and microdermabraision.
Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Take a relaxing stroll through the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as you let the cares of the world melt away. The arboretum and botanical garden has the largest collection of native and cultivated plants. Check out the hike trails, butterfly house and picnic areas.
Resolution: Have More Fun
The Catastrophic Theatre brings drama and laughter to Houston audiences through its unique and interactive productions. Catastrophic has three plays scheduled for the 2020 season including “Fefu and Her Friends,” “The Book of Grace,” and “Tamarie 20/20.”
Get your adrenaline going with an action-packed afternoon at Battlefield Houston. A fusion of paintball and laser tag means hours of fun for the whole family in the facility’s 11,000 square-foot arena. You’ll have a fund time whether you’re celebrating a birthday or enjoying a team building outing.
You don’t have to have to be like Picasso to take up painting. In fact, you can do it just for fun at Pinot’s Palette. Bring your own snacks and drinks (including wine), and get ready to unleash your creative side while painting your cares aware.
And if you’re still figuring out your New Year’ Eve celebration plans, check out this list of things to do in Houston on the last night of the year.