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DW Life > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 45 ISTOCKPHOTO By Julissa McClean N ew year, new you, right? Well, maybe. A New Year's resolution is no different from a crash diet. Sure, it can be a jump start, but if you don't put in the work, you'll likely crash and burn before you begin to see lasting results. Let's start 2019 without a resolution, and instead vow to make small, but sig- nificant changes slowly and steadily. No. 1: Exercise in a way that works for you Like a haircut or a diet, workouts have trends that come and go. From HIIT to SoulCycle, we've seen it all in the last few years. Some of us get our motivation How small changes can have a lasting imapct from the sense of community that such group workouts provide. But others of us find that type of interaction intimidat- ing and therefore off-putting. Don't let that be the reason you don't exercise—not when you have so many options. Yes, gym classes provide accountability. People see them as a daily appointment or meeting they've committed to, provid- ing a feeling of "I have to be at this place, at this particular time." But you can craft a customized workout regime at a gym on your own, or with a personal trainer getting you started. Or you can begin by working out in your living room along to an exercise or dance video on YouTube. Go for a leisurely walk in your neighbor- hood. Do arm exercises while holding your child. Embrace who you are and cus- tomize your workout routine according to what you'll enjoy and want to achieve. Further, you may want to rethink your aversion to classes, as they may not be as hard-core as you imagine. "Now, more than ever, we're seeing the emergence of more inclusive work- out environments," says Laura Leigh Abby, co-owner of e Studio @ Beacon, a gym in Beacon, New York, that encourages its members to seek balance while fostering a body-positive environment. "Something you can do to improve your health and achieve your fitness goals is to embrace the 'come as you are' mentality," says Abby. "Find an environment and a workout that don't simply get you physical results but help you feel great about yourself on the whole." Harvard Health recommends the fol- lowing workouts: Swimming—e buoyancy of water allows your body to move fluidly while taking the strain off painful joints. Tai chi—Known as "meditation in mo- tion," this martial art combines move- ment and relaxation. To Your Health DW Life > Four Ways to Improve Your Health in 2019

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