It’s finally here, and there’s no turning back now. Mardi Gras is officially in full swing, and Muses rolls at 6:30 on Thursday. The city will become one big party, with hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals enjoying music, drinks, and life together. Children will covet their throws more than their Christmas presents, and parents will deflect beads aiming straight for their heads. We hope that by now, you’ve collected all of our best tips for a great Mardi Gras, but we’ve got just a few more for you.
The time is near… Mardi Gras season is less than a week away! That means it’s time to begin training. Mardi Gras, though it officially starts on February 4th, really begins with Krewe du Vieux on January 23rd. This, um, adult parade starts at 6:30pm every year and kicks off the Mardi Gras season with a very, very large bang. With floats gliding down Frenchman deep into the night and parties going until the early (maybe even late) morning, downtown is filled with people all day and all night, drinking until they can’t see and walking until they can’t stand.
Jessica has been a Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor since 2009 and enjoys almost anything physical. She is a trained acrobat and aerialist and dabbles as a dancer, surfer, rollerskater, swimmer and just about any other type of movement. Jessica has been living in New Orleans since 2011 and is smitten with this city. Besides teaching Pilates, Jessica has spent time touring nationally with the dance/performance company, Lightwire Theatre, and locally can be found performing in various burlesque and variety shows around town showing off her physical prowess. Jessica’s obsession with movement extends beyond mere physical ability into a world of deeply understanding the science of movement. She continues to educate herself from master teachers always learning new and exciting techniques on keeping movement healthy and functional and hopes to share with you her joy of motion.
Frank Rourk grew up in semi-rural Virginia. He has never looked back since choosing New
Orleans as his home 4 years ago. When he is not absorbing the fascinating history of New Orleans, its people and customs you may spot him cycling through the city's diverse neighborhoods and parks (perhaps in costume).
When it's time to pack your bags for a trip, the last thing you want to make room for is your workout gear, but you should (they fold up tightly). Just because you're on a trip, it doesn't mean that your fitness routine should be on vacation. Consider the following before leaving the sneakers and sweat gear out of your suitcase:
Everyone knows that motivation is hard to come by in the winter months. With the chilly, sometimes gloomy weather outside, it can be easy to convince yourself that it’s always a good day to stay home, cozied up in your blankets and fuzzy socks. But a relaxing, restful day always feels better when you know you’ve done something productive, and knowing you’ve earned it makes it that much more enjoyable.
With Christmas only a few days away, many people are getting in that last minute shopping spree, buying for grandma, niece, uncle, and everyone in between. Finding that perfect gift can be hard work… much harder than you think. In fact, it can be so hard, you may burn a whole days worth of calories! Christmas shopping, with all of the rushing and pushing through the throngs of people downtown, can be a major workout, and can actually be a great way to burn off some of those holiday treats. Check out all of the ways you can maximize the burn of your Christmas calories without even having to think about it!
Are you a frequent traveler and also a fitness addict? Do you love seeing the world but also love keeping yourself in shape? Does work keep you on the road but you are determined to stick to your fitness routine? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re a fitsetter! Find out if you're a fitsetter here!
We all know eating in New Orleans involves some rich, delicious dishes. Traditional food here has always had a reputation for being heavy and filling, but have you ever thought about what it really takes to burn off some of your favorites? We’ve compiled some of your NOLA staples, and come up with some fun ways to help you earn those calories so you can feel good about your day. Bonus: most of these workouts won't require you leaving the house, so no need to have to brave the cold winter weather!
Whether you’re on a strict diet or just trying to keep your eating schedule on track, Thanksgiving can be intimidating. The first of the gorge-yourself, eat-until-you-can’t-move holidays of the season, it can be easy to fall off the wagon into the New Year. This holiday can be scary for some, and it’s important to know how to pace yourself throughout the day and portion throughout the meal. We want you to enjoy your evening without the stress the day often brings, so we’ve compiled some Thanksgiving Day tips to help you stay healthy this Turkey Day.
Working out on the road can be a pain, and sometimes hotel gyms are less than inviting. But who said you need a gym to work out? Hundreds of thousands of quick workouts can be found online, but Instagram has many unique workout and fitness routines that will keep you interested and take up minimal time. All you need it a little bit of space, 30 minutes, and yourself! Take a look at some of our favorite Instagram fitness pages and get ready to sweat.
The weather is starting to cool down (sort of?) and soon you’ll finally be able to ditch the treadmill and run outside. While you’ve probably seen people running down the St. Charles streetcar line, the view, as beautiful as it is, can get pretty repetitive. New Orleans may not be a huge city, but there are endless running paths with great scenery to help you switch it up every once in a while. Check out our list of our favorite places to run in NOLA, and spice up your workout!
So you’ve decided to run a marathon. 26.2 miles of pounding the pavement, to finally earn yourself a medal and probably a mimosa or five, as well as the knowledge that you are part of the 0.5% of the US population that has run one. Running a marathon can seem like a daunting task, and while it is definitely an amazing feat of human strength, it is also something that is worked up to over time. Anywhere from 16 to 20 weeks of increasing your mileage and endurance will eventually get you there, slowly and without putting too much pressure on your body all at once. There are many different components to preparing your body for a run of this caliber, and we’ve got them all right here.
Signing up for a race is a huge commitment for many people, and it can be difficult to find the perfect one. Whether its for charity, for fun, or has been an exercise goal that you’ve been working toward, it’s important to find the race that’s right for you. While many races can be mundane and boring, some good scenery and a reward to work for can make it feel like nothing. From crawfish to beer to one of our best-known dance krewes, New Orleans knows how to throw an after-party. Check out this list of NOLA races with beautiful views and awesome post-race celebrations.
If you travel often, the effects that flying has on your body is probably the last thing you think about. From where you’re going to park your car for the trip to how long the security line is going to be, there are so many other things that take precedence when we consider flying somewhere. But at thousands of feet in the air in a pressurized cabin for hours at a time, our bodies work overtime making sure to keep us healthy, and they can be put under a lot of stress.
We’ve all experienced it: You wake up in the morning, ready for your flight, and fill your tummy with a delicious and hearty meal, figuring it will hold you over until you reach your destination. Three hours in, it hits you – the hunger. You panic. Frantically, you reach into the seat back pocket, pull out the menu, and find and array of disappointing and expensive options. A $9 ham and cheese sandwich. A chef salad drenched in thick buttermilk dressing. The $12 ‘healthy’ snack box filled with chocolate covered raisins and Baked Lays. You wonder where they got their definition of ‘healthy’.
It happens to the best of us. Airplane food is generally processed, bland, and undesirable, and can make you feel like you are getting your travels off to a bad start. To avoid this problem, there is a simple solution – pack your own snacks!
Though traveling can be an intensely rewarding and exciting experience, the process puts your body under stress you may not even realize. Jet lag, bloating and irregularity, and tenseness in the legs and feet are some of the not-so-appealing parts of flying, and they can make you feel a little bit off your game. Luckily, getting up and moving can be a quick fix for most of these issues, increasing your blood flow and getting your body clock back to normal.
Money may not be everything, but it is definitely something, and being on vacation can put some stress on your wallet. But in New Orleans, it doesn’t have to. Where there’s music, there’s dancing; where there’s food, there’s happiness; where there are people, there’s life. Look around the city and you’ll find countless activities, with minimal money needed. From City Park to the French Quarter, there are things happening everywhere you look.
For those of you thinking that looking for these activities is more work than it’s worth, we’ve done the work for you. Here are seven things to do in NOLA for less than ten dollars.
You’ve booked your trip to New Orleans. Now comes the fun part - deciding what to do and most importantly - where to eat! This city is filled with everything from delicious bar food to white table cloth upscale dining. Nothing disappoints, except your growing waistline.
Meet Molly Kimball, a registered dietician who spearheads Eat Fit NOLA an initiative to expose gastronauts to the healthy and wholesome dishes of New Orleans. Partnering with restaurants around the city, Molly and her team identify healthier options right on the menu by placing their "Eat Fit NOLA" logo next to the reduced calorie delight. After two days of decadent dining in this city, finding an Eat Fit Nola logo next a menu item is a shining beacon of hope for your waistline.