Atlanta's Secrets to a Healthy Lifestyle


In case you have lost track of time 2013 is here. We have rung in the New Year and there is a chance that resolution you were certain to fulfill has already flopped. You are not alone. According to research from the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans successfully achieve their New Year's resolutions. 80% of people have failed by January 20. We have already passed that deadline so to the 92% percent of you in Atlanta do not worry. If you want to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle I have your inside scoop.


Atlanta is a city with landscape. Amongst the sky rises in midtown and traffic in all corners of the city there is a 189-acre escape, otherwise known as Piedmont Park. I am not going to suggest the swimming, basketball, or tennis courts, although they are all kudos to the park, but the classes and groups to meet are the real advantage of this place. I joined the Atlanta Track Club over a year ago and have enjoyed the membership benefits. Their website lists upcoming events all over the metro Atlanta area. 5Ks, marathons, fun-runs, you name it. Other features include training programs and running spots with your 411 on routes and trails for all distances. The best offering is the page of Atlanta Weekly Running Groups where you can meet other local runners and form some accountability partners any day of the week in a handful of different locations including the Piedmont Park neighborhood. This is an inexpensive way to stay fit and meet new people.


My Red Hot Yoga membership has been one of the best additions to my new year. The peacefulness you get from yoga in 105 degree temperatures with a humidity of 40% is one of the best ways to relax and shed that extra weight. You leave every class as if you have just had a full body cleanse. It can be of use to detoxify, aide in circulation and cardiac health, skin care, stress, the benefits are numerous. There is always a Groupon deal as well – be sure to check it out!

In order to compliment your running and relaxation and to maintain that healthy lifestyle you desire, Café Sunflower is a must. Located in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, it is one of Atlanta's best vegetarian restaurants but appeals to everyone. The assortment of dishes catered to any craving makes Café Sunflower's offerings a healthy way to eat out and keep that figure.


Anna Elliott was born and raised in Atlanta, and has been a member of several organizations around the Atlanta Area. Although she works in marketing during the day, she is most passionate about encouraging a healthy lifestyle, friends and family, and exploring the ins and outs of her great city.

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