This New Year’s Day, sleeping in is not an option

A nationwide fitness movement wants you to start acting on your healthy resolutions right after the ball drops.
New Year's Day
New Year’s Day doesn’t have to look like this


New Year’s Day is generally a bust in terms of well-being. You’re probably imagining rolling out of bed and nursing your headache on the couch while re-watching the last season of “Downton Abbey.” But “Commitment Day” has other plans for you.

The movement is hosting 30 simultaneous 5Ks in cities across the country in hopes of inspiring Americans to take control of their health as soon as the new year begins. And lots of New York fitness and yoga studios are joining in, offering workshops and classes where you can cement your resolutions while sweating out champagne.

“Commitment Day is all about inspiring a fitness revolution to urge all Americans to commit to a healthy and active way of life,” says Louise Long.

“Commitment Day will be a day of epic proportions as hundreds of thousands of individuals join together in support of healthy eating, exercise, personal responsibility, giving, and respect,” says Louise Long, one of the event’s race-day directors.

The key is that individuals won’t just resolve to be healthier in 2013, they’ll commit. And fast.

In New York, the Commitment Day 5K will take place in Hudson River Park, starting and ending at Pier 84. All the runs will occur simultaneously across the country, with the West Coast starting at 8 a.m., meaning New Yorkers don’t have to start running until 11 a.m. (Yay, time-zone privilege!)

Around the city, other options for not waiting until Wednesday to get fit abound. Yogis can head to Sacred Sounds for a two-hour New Year’s Day Detox & Relax workshop or to Yogaworks Soho to flow through 108 sun salutations with Alex Schatzberg at the New Year’s Mala.

A whole lot of sun salutations with Alex Schatzberg is one way to start off 2013.

On the Upper West Side, the JCC is hosting its annual Fitness Fair—a full-day of free fitness classes like spinning, yoga, Zumba, and boxing, plus consultations with nutritionists and cooking demos.

And if your commitment to a healthy 2013 is so strong that you don’t want to wait until morning to show it, you can spin your way into the New Year at SoulCycle Union Square or cross the finish line at Prospect Park’s Last Run of 2012 at midnight, ringing in the new year with a gulp of water and some quad stretches. —Lisa Elaine Held


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