Top Things to Do for Wellness in the New Year

Alison Raffalovich Article, Front Porch Flyer

By Front Porch Flyer Staff from the January 2021 Front Porch Flyer

What a year 2020 has been, and as we kick off the new year, it’s more important than ever to stay well and set our intentions for self-care. Lucky for us, there’s so much that our community offers for fitness and wellness. Here’s how we’re keeping health a top priority in 2021.

Fresh air, green spaces

With eight signature parks, there’s no shortage of green spaces, trails and ball courts in Mueller. 

From sand volleyball courts and a dog run at Mary Elizabeth Branch Park, community pools at John Gaines Park and Ella Wooten Park, and multi-sport courts in Paggi Square, to public art and hike and bike trails in Mueller Lake Park, there’s something for everyone. Latest to join the lineup is the one-acre Jessie Andrews Park, which opened last fall. The park boasts a central open lawn, shaded strolling paths, nature-inspired playscape, tables for games, and more. Plus, who can forget about our fabulous friend, Ocho, the towering octopus sculpture by artist Dixie Friend Gay? Whether you’re stretching your legs and saying hello to neighbors while social distancing or beating the Texas heat in the summer at the interactive waterscape, Mueller offers an abundance of spaces to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come. 

*Note: some facilities may be closed due to local COVID-19 guidelines

Branch out on your workout

Same old workout starting to feel lackluster? Kick off the new year by challenging yourself to try something different at Mueller’s various fitness studios. Lengthen and strengthen with barre3, get a total body reformer pilates workout at VBodies, elevate your heart rate at Orangetheory, customize your routine with TrainLifeFit, or get in touch with your inner zen at Yoga East Austin. Many of Mueller’s studios offer options for various comfort levels, from in-studio classes, livestream/Zoom, outdoor sessions and/or personal training. 

Restore and rejuvenate

When it comes to getting some R&R, there’s no shortage of choices in our community, whether you’re wanting to get the most out of a post-workout recovery or just looking for a way to treat yourself after the stressful holiday season. Restore Hyper Wellness has the latest and greatest with services ranging from cryotherapy and IV Drip Therapy to compression therapy and infrared sauna treatments. Get some “me time” with pampering massages and skin treatments at Massage Heights. Stand tall with consultations with professional Flexologists at StretchLab for increased mobility and alignment, or feel renewed with the team at RejuvaWell Whole Family Chiropractors. 

Eat well, be well

Austin offers the luxury of having one of the best food scenes in the country and Mueller is a shining example with its diverse mix of local eateries and restaurants. Start the day with a delicious cup of joe at Halcyon or Golden Mylk Latte at Juiceland. Rebel Cheese remains the authority for vegan cheese plates, wines, and other accoutrements, perfect for Meatless Monday, and when it comes to home cooking, there’s no better time to support local and shop for produce and ingredients right at the source at the weekly Texas Farmers Market.