Fitness and health news in brief

Fitness and health news in brief items, Dec. 31
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 31, 2013

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Resolve to succeed

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Most have made our share, yet 2013 has passed with many unfulfilled. Rather than setting yourself up for failure, start small. What do you want most in 2014? To lose weight, be more patient, manage your finances, declutter your home? Begin with realistic goals. Make one healthier food choice a day or take a few extra steps. Try belly breathing before overreacting or experiencing frustration in traffic. Create a budget or save $5 to 10 a week. Straighten one room or a corner. Regardless of what you would like to change, be kind to yourself. Express gratitude, learn to forgive and never forget to laugh. Happy 2014!

SOURCE: Molly Ross, executive director for the Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit


Art museum, yoga studio partner for program

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and The Mat's Edge yoga studio are partnering to offer yoga and Pilates to the museum. Classes begin in January and run through April. This series of classes is designed for beginner and novice practitioners of yoga. Classes are available for children of different ages, adults and for mothers with their babies.

“Offering these classes with the Mat's Edge within the museum's galleries provides an opportunity to experience the art in a new way that combines the mind, body and spirit,” Chandra Boyd, senior associate curator of education for the museum, said in a news release.

Classes taught by The Mat's Edge instructors are scheduled as follows:

New Year Challenge: Build a Healthy Yoga Habit — four classes, 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Jan. 4-25.

Two Hearts are Better than One: Partner Heart Health Yoga — four classes, 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 1-22.

Mindful Meditation: Yoga Nidra — four classes, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6-27.

Mat Pilates — five classes, 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 1-29.

Mommy Wiggles and Baby Giggles Yoga — four classes, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, April 5-26.

Yoga Flow — four classes, 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 5-26.

Space is limited for each class. To see the full schedule, costs and to register, go to or call 236-3100.

Choose the right gym

The start of a new year is a time many people decide to join a gym. But when it comes to choosing a gym to join, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all. You have to weigh the pros and cons. Consider your gym selection as your partner in health. Here are some questions to consider:

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