The time has come to end the summer vacations and begin to plan for the new year. In Jewish tradition, this new year is marked by Rosh Hashanah and begins the celebration of the high holidays.
As you gaze out at the beautiful pool, water, trees, and children enjoying each other, it is important to remember the creation of the world. A few common themes of importance at the time of the new year are reflection, positive changes and newness.
At the start of any new year, we often reflect on the past year. What goals did we achieve? What fun did we have with friends? What new experiences made the biggest impact?
Our hope is that you have a long list of reflections that bring back positive memories and instill a sense of excitement for the upcoming year. Without a period of reflection, how are we to progress forward? At the J, we always wish you have positive memories of your time here. Take some time to reflect and write down the reflections that come to mind first.
Here in the Fitness Center, we can reflect upon the amazing eight days of Hanukah workouts we all accomplished. Robin and Betsy enjoyed our summer special H2O workout series. Goat Yoga was a huge hit with members and non-members alike. We loved celebrating Memorial Day with our members and two fun and meaningful Murph workouts.
Most importantly, new members joined with returning members to enjoy the summer events. The number of people participating with us was high, and we are so grateful for everyone choosing to be with us at the J.
After reflecting on the past year, we can begin to consider the positive changes that deserve our time and energy. I like to start with specific and reachable goals. For example, “I will go to the Fitness Center three times a week,” or “I will journal more about my food.”
These positive changes can be as small as waking up an hour earlier or as large as traveling to a destination you have wanted to visit. Start with small, attainable goals and commit to positive change. Look at any progress as a step in the forward direction.
Our staff is always around to help you with any inspiration you might need to get on the positive side of your brainstorming session if you are having trouble. The positive changes the fitness crew will implement this year are far ranging! We have instructors challenging themselves to teach different formats, our front desk team is always seeking to implement their positivity and we want to continue to surprise our members with more great benefits to their membership.
Lastly, the idea of newness. This could mean meeting new people, trying new things, joining a new community or anything that may shake up your ordinary routine.
Meeting new people is one of the easiest things to do at the J. We have programs available for all interests and ages. You could meet someone new every day if you wanted to just by walking in the front door and having an open mind.
Introduce yourself to someone in your next fitness class, visit with the mom next to you at the Houston Gymnastics Center, or even take the time to stop and sit with someone new in the Café at the J. The Fitness Center will continue to implement fun, new programming like adoption dog yoga, dance parties, and new cycle classes.
In the spirit of the new year, we hope you continue to enjoy all that the J has to offer. We want to thank you for being a part of our last year as well as the future. We have big things planned for the new year, and we are looking forward to experiencing it with you!
Interested in getting in spiritual and intellectual shape too? Join us for High Holiday Boot Camp, four weeks of stimulating classes that will be sure to enhance your experience of the upcoming High Holidays.
Wishing you a shanah tovah u’metukah, a sweet and happy new year!