5 Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

Follow up your egg nog with with some healthy—and health-inspired—wellness happenings in NYC from now until the end of the year.

December is the most wonderful—and the most frazzled—month of the year. That’s why we rely on our trusted wellness expert, Lauren Lipton—acclaimed author, fitness guru, and seasoned yogi—to keep us in tip-top shape, physically and mentally, with the healthiest happenings in the city. Hit your “reset and recharge” button at one of the events below.

Yoga & Poetry, December 10
It isn’t unheard of for a yoga class to incorporate poetry (hello, Rumi), but this is the first class I’ve heard of in which the poetry is read by the actual poet who wrote it. (A trained instructor will lead you through the poses, however.) This program runs once a month; December’s featured poet is Nathan McClain, a Southern Californian-turned-Brooklynite whose debut book, Scale, was published earlier this year. “We read poems sequentially, line by line, moment by moment, but our goal is to see the poem in its entirety, all at once,” McClain said in a recent interview. Sounds a lot like yoga. Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights

ON BEAT with Will Negrillo, December 16
Love cardio? Love Zumba? In this energetic workshop, Zumba instructor Will Negrillo will lead you through an hour’s worth of high-intensity dance cardio, followed by a second hour in which he’ll break down the choreography for you, so you can practice the moves. Negrillo, who travels to various cities teaching this workshop, says “every class feels like a party!” That’s our kind of workout. Hub Seventeen, 114 Fifth Avenue (at West 17th Street), Union Square

Training and Q&A With Triathlon Coach Matt Dixon, December 20
If a triathlon is in your future, come take an early-morning indoor ride with elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon at Tailwind Endurance, a cycling and triathlon-training studio (because of course there is such a thing in NYC). Dixon, who has helped hundreds of amateur and World Champion athletes achieve their goals in events including the Ironman, will lead a 75-minute fast and furious cycling class; if you’re still alive after that, stick around for breakfast and a Q&A. Tailwind Endurance, 143 West 72nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues), Upper West Side

Sankalpa on the Solstice, December 21
For the spiritually minded, the winter solstice offers an opportunity to set an intention for the coming months—kind of like an early New Year’s Day. (The Sanskrit word sankalpa combines the words for “spirit” or “heart” and “commitment“ or “vow.”) Join spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, yoga guru Sarah Platt-Finger, and longtime yoga master Alan Finger for an inspirational evening that will help you identify what your heart yearns for personally, professionally, and spiritually, and plant these desires in your subconscious so that you can begin to make them happen in your life.You’ll be led through seated yoga postures and meditative exercises, so dress comfortably. ABC Home + Carpet, 888 Broadway (between East 18th and 19th Streets), Gramercy Park

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Take Your Health to the Next Level at HigherDOSE
We’ve discovered a form of exercise that literally requires only sitting. Yes, we were doubtful too, but our friends at HigherDOSE, an infrared sauna salon, have made believers out of us. Benefits include detoxification, calorie burning, pain relief, antiaging, mood elevation, and extreme relaxation. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a new location at the luxe 11 Howard Hotel (with a space in Williamsburg coming later this year.) You’ll find us there throughout December sweating it out and not at all regretting all of that eggnog we drank. 11 Howard Hotel, 11 Howard Street (between Broadway and Lafayette Street), Soho