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Six Top Activities for a Healthy New Year

Posted in Blogging Marin on Friday, December 15, 2023 by MCVB Staff

As the calendar flips to a new year, it's the season of resolutions and fresh beginnings. We've all been there, jotting down grand plans to hit the gym at dawn, eat more greens, and maybe finally master that elusive work-life balance.

Why not spend January in Marin County, taking in the various activities our county has to offer? Start your new year in yoga's gentle embrace, the rhythmic canter of horseback rides, or experience the liberating breeze on biking trails. Hike through nature's sanctuary, indulge in soothing SPA treatments, or sculpt your strength with indoor workouts.

In Marin, wellness isn't a resolution; it's a way of life. Let 2024 be the year you discover the Top 6 Activities for a Healthy New Year when visiting Marin County.

Start Your New Beginnings with Yoga

Embarking on a new year calls for a rejuvenating start, and what better way to unfold the chapters of 2024 than with a yoga mat beneath you? Yoga, the ancient practice of harmony between mind and body, becomes a guiding light in Marin's wellness repertoire. Beyond the conventional fitness routine, yoga at Love Story Yoga at the Marin Country Mart offers a unique blend of sweaty sophistication and spiritual rejuvenation.

Love Story's classes redefine the yoga experience, offering just enough heat to ignite a detoxifying sweat. Picture yourself moving to curated playlists and engaging in soulful chanting, elevating your practice to an uplifting flow.

So, as the sun sets on the old and rises on the new, let Love Story Yoga be your inaugural step into a year that embraces wellness, community, and the sweet rhythm of your breath syncing with the world around you.

Gallop into Wellness by Horseback Riding

Saddle up this new year with Five Brooks Ranch. Amidst the enchanting landscape of Point Reyes National Seashore, this full-service riding stable invites you to embrace the most beautiful trail rides imaginable. Trot through forested mountain tops, traverse grassy meadows, and feel the coastal scrub beneath your hooves, all while taking in the endless expanse of white sand beaches.

At Five Brooks Ranch, it's not just a ride; it's a full-fledged experience for every Buckaroo and Buckarette in the family. With over 120 miles of trails, this is more than horseback riding—it's a holistic immersion into the scenic splendor of Point Reyes National Seashore, where every hoofbeat echoes the rhythm of a healthier, happier you.


Pedal into Adventure on Marin’s Mountain Biking Trails

Explore Marin County's diverse mountain biking scene, catering to riders of all levels. Angel Island offers a historic nine-mile loop with both paved and off-road paths, featuring firings of a Civil War cannon and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. China Camp State Park's bike trails wind through historic Chinese-American fishing villages and salt marshes, providing wildlife encounters and equestrian-friendly paths.

Head to Stafford Lake Bike Park in Novato for 17 acres of custom-built trails, welcoming cyclists of all ages amid the scenic Stafford Lake Park. For an adrenaline rush, challenge yourself at Camp Tamarancho, considered the Bay Area's premier singletrack riding location, featuring rock gardens, tight switchbacks, and the distinction of being the region's first flow trail. Marin County beckons, promising an exhilarating start to your 2024 mountain biking. adventures.


Explore Marin with a New Year’s Hike

Another great way to start your year off right is by hiking. Nothing’s better than taking in the fresh air and coastal sights of Marin while hiking in one of our National Parks or amazing Open Space Preserves.

Start at Bear Valley Visitors Center in Point Reyes National Seashore and explore Muir Woods National Monument's ancient redwood forest. Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offers breathtaking views.

For a unique experience, discover Marin's Open Spaces Preserves—Bolinas Lagoon's coastal habitat, Cascade Canyon's lush landscapes, Loma Alta's sweeping views, Roy's Redwoods' big tree haven, and Ring Mountain's rare plant sightings.

Conclude your journey with Coastal Walkers for guided tours along Marin's wild north coast, blending California history with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.


Revitalize your Wellness with Spa Treatments

Kickstart a healthier you in 2024 with spa treatments from Marin Convention & Bureau partners like EVO Spa and SkinSpirit at Strawberry Village, and 9 Corners Med-Cryo Spa at Vintage Oaks.

EVO Spa invites you to unwind with award-winning skincare and body therapies in a haven for beauty and wellness. At 9 Corners Med-Cryo Spa, their team of experts offers high-end services such as cryo facials, luxuriating massages, and hi-tech healthcare which includes weight loss solutions, acupuncture, Infrared Sauna booths, and more.

In Mill Valley, SkinSpirit provides various medical spa services, from BOTOX® and dermal fillers to CoolSculpting and skin tightening treatments. With a focus on joy in your skincare journey, Skin Spirit ensures you find satisfaction in the results.

Step into the New Year revitalized and radiating well-being, courtesy of these transformative spa experiences in Marin County.


Get Fit and Fabulous with Indoor Workouts

Let’s not forget about the old, tried, and true New Year’s solution you can easily incorporate into your routine—indoor workouts. Marin County offers a variety of indoor activities you can include in your routine.

Orangetheory Fitness offers rewarding interval training. Join SoulCycle at the Marin Country Mart for heart-pumping indoor cycling. Prioritize overall wellness and sculpt muscles at Pure Barre in Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. Elevate your Pilates experience at Club Pilates in Novato and Mighty Pilates at the Marin Country Mart. International Orange is an urban spa sanctuary for holistic wellness. Explore these vibrant fitness hubs for a well-rounded indoor workout experience in Marin County.


Extra Activities for a Healthier New Year

Still looking for more ways to get fit in 2024? Cap off your journey to a healthier New Year in Marin County with extra activities that embrace the great outdoors. Whether casting your line for a tranquil fishing experience or perfecting your swing on the lush golf courses, the county offers activities to suit any fancy. Enjoy the serene waters or scenic fairways by adding a touch of leisure to your wellness pursuit this year.