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Take Charge Of Your 2021 Resolutions: Let The Upper Valley Help You With Your Mental & Physical Goals

Dec 30, 2020 01:36PM ● By Tracey Hull
It’s true, 2020 was anything but typical. So, when it comes to 2021, why not think outside the box for the solution to your resolutions? Whether your goals are to lose weight, relax, or be more creative, the Upper Valley has you covered. Check out these little gems to help keep you committed in the New Year.


Acupuncture – healing, relaxation, self-care

Acupuncture has been used over the years for numerous ailments including pain, nausea, and substance abuse. Small needles are placed in specific points of the body to improve the flow of Qi, or energy, which improves balance within the body and offers relief.

the Acupuncture Works, Hanover, NH
Lu's Acupuncture, Lebanon, NH


Mixed Martial Arts – exercise, self-defense, discipline

Mixed martial arts is a completely different way of exercising. Not only does it combine every kind of exercise you have ever done, it teaches discipline, awareness, and self-defense. Unlike the cage fighting seen on TV, local studios focus on technique and skill in a controlled environment, providing a safe and effective sport for kids and adults.

Infinity Martial Fitness Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kickboxing, Lebanon, NH

Okinawan Karate Academy, Lebanon, NH

Baan Muay Thai, Lebanon, NH


Reiki – healing, relaxation, self-care

Reiki is a healing technique based on energy within the body. A practitioner uses touch and their own energy to encourage the body to heal itself and remove negativity. This can be especially helpful in reversing negative habits and belief systems, relieving emotional or physical pain and discomfort, and improving stress.

Reiki – The River Valley Club (RVC), Lebanon, NH

Upper Valley Reiki & Holistic Art, Lebanon, NH


Yoga, Qi Gong, Aerial Movement, and Meditation – exercise and decrease stress

The benefits of movement are endless, but sometimes you get stuck in a rut. In times of increased stress, lower intensity exercise may be more beneficial for overall health. This year it is time to try something new. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Aerial movement, Yoga, and Pilates can all challenge your body in ways you have never experienced and wake up muscles you didn’t know you had. Each has its own practice, but all incorporate breath work, mindfulness, strength, and stretching, and improve posture.

Mighty Yoga

Open Door for meditation, Qi Gong, Foam Rolling, Aerial Movement, and more.


Artistic Expression – cooking, painting, and beyond

Looking to recreate yourself? Improve your self-expression? Try cooking, baking, painting, drawing, or throwing pottery. AVA Gallery and Art Center offers free online classes for seniors, a free after school kids’ program called ArtStop, and many paid classes and workshops both online and in person.

Looking for some edible creations instead? King Arthur Baking Company has always offered incredible classes in person. They now offer all their classes for both kids and adults online. They even have free baking videos, and guides such as Gluten-Free Baking on their website.

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2021!

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