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Jersey, you’re no quitter! 5 tricks for keeping fitness resolutions in NJ

NJ1015 article online | NJ1015 article.pdf | By Erin Vogt | January 7, 2016

With 2016’s first week halfway done, the New Year’s resolution bandwagon is emptying fast — but hang in there, Jersey folk! The Garden State is an ideal place to “Shore up” any intentions to be more active and make time for exercise.

For some, the motivation is enjoying our beautiful beaches and parks. Others may be drawn to affordable indoor and group options that abound in our health-conscious hometowns. Here’s some Jersey-grown tips for staying the fitness course — or getting back on-track.

1) Tweak your mindset To “Local Winter.” Now that the windchill has set in, it can be tougher to leave the comforts of home for that brisk jog, walk or bike ride. Think of this as crucial “local time” to get out on the boardwalks and beaches before the summer crush of tourists. Need inspiration for a winter stroll? Island Beach State Park recently was dubbed Jersey’s “most Instagrammed” spot.

2) Seek out some homegrown support. Sign up for a guided hike through some of Jersey’s state parks. If running is your thing, was your thing, or you now want it to be- join a club to get motivated. NJShoreRun, Raritan Valley Road Runners and South Jersey Athletic Club are just a few. There are plenty more to pick from.

3) Freebies are your friend. If indoors is more your speed, Rutgers is offering free fitness classes through mid-January. There’s some free yoga sessions at the Center for Health and Healing in Toms River, with encouraged donations to a local food pantry.

4) Make it a family affair. Exploring new spots can help recharge that fitness spark. Winter Trails slated for Sunday, offers a day of outdoor fun in Sussex County. Take the kids for a stroll in Historic Mount Holly for the unique Fire and Ice festival. There’s also Winterfest in Monmouth County, where you can check out cross-country skis and wagon rides.

5) Try something new. Grab some (small) wheels and checkout the Skateplex that’s at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. If you’re looking for a new spot to bike or canoe, it’s even easier thanks to state Parks staffers. If a road race is on your bucket list, the Cupid’s Chase 5K is happening next month, at seven spots across New Jersey.