As we embark on a new year, the promise of a fresh start invites us to prioritize our health and well-being. Fortunately, our vibrant community has an array of diverse options to kickstart your journey to a healthier you. Let’s explore some ways to make 2024 your healthiest year yet — inside and out!
The Little Gym Suwanee
Instill a love for movement early with Suwanee’s The Little Gym — a haven for little ones to tumble, jump, and play their way to a healthy future. The Little Gym is a place where children ages 4 months to 12 years grow through movement-based learning and imaginative play. Nurture their natural energy and curiosity, setting the foundation for a lifetime of well-being.
Group Fitness Classes
Join the ranks of fitness enthusiasts in group classes like Burn Boot Camp, Orange Theory, or Camp Gladiator, among others. These dynamic sessions offer more than just physical exercise — they foster a sense of community, motivation, and shared goals, making the journey to fitness enjoyable and empowering.
Big Peach Running Co. Social Runs
Looking for a running buddy? Big Peach Running Co.’s social runs welcome runners and walkers of all paces and abilities. All locations are a short walk/drive away from various establishments to take care of your post-run hunger and thirst and keep the fun running a little longer. Learn more at BigPeachRunningCo.com/group-runs.
Peach State Cornhole Leagues
Stay active and social with a local cornhole league. Peach State Cornhole hosts social and competitive leagues throughout Georgia. Seasons are eight weeks in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. They play at various breweries, restaurants, and city centers, so you’ll be sure to find one that works for you! Learn more at PeachStateCornhole.com.
Suwanee Half Marathon and Old Town 5K
The Suwanee Half Marathon has been an annual tradition since 2015. This year, races will take place on Sunday, February 18, with the half marathon beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of City Hall and the Old Town 5K starting at 7:45 a.m. The event is presented by Performance Race Services along with the City of Suwanee, and will benefit the Suwanee Public Arts program. For more information visit SuwaneeHalf.com.
Suwanee Beer Fest Beer Chaser 5K
The Suwanee Beer Fest Beer Chaser 5K returns to Town Center Park on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m for its fourth year with its beer-centric twist on the traditional 5K. This timed, Peachtree Road Race-qualifying event is perfect for novice runners and newbies alike. Just choose the ticket that best fits your running style — either non-stop or with beer stops. All 21+ runners will cheers together with a full beer at the finish line. For more information visit SuwaneeBeerFest.com/beer-chaser-5k.
Shop Fresh Local Foods
The farmers market isn’t just a place to shop; it’s a lifestyle. By choosing these nutritious options, you not only prioritize your well-being but also support local farmers and businesses. Suwanee’s winter farmers market continues through April. Learn more at Suwanee.com.
Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock 5K
The Suwanee Kiwanis will host its 12th annual Shamrock 5K at Suwanee Town Center on Saturday, March 16. The 3.1-mile course begins at City Hall at 8 a.m. T-shirts and goodie bags will be available for registered runners, and prizes will be awarded for top male and female runners. For more information visit Suwanee.com.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
In the quest for health, don’t overlook your mental well-being. Start a gratitude journal — a simple yet powerful practice that promotes positivity, mindfulness, and a balanced state of mind. Reflecting on the positives in your life can be a transformative step towards a healthier, happier you.
Drink more water
Chances are you’re dehydrated right now. While new year resolutions tend to focus on consuming less (less alcohol, less sugar, etc.), this year let’s all collectively focus on drinking more water. Try drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning before your daily cup of coffee. Keep a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day. Drink a glass of water before each meal. Set a hydration reminder on your phone. Your body will thank you!
Keep Families Active at Legacy Sports Complex
Suwanee’s Legacy Sports Complex offers high-quality training for competitive athletes so sports families have a trusted place to take their young athletes for additional training in baseball, softball, soccer, football, wrestling, lacrosse and basketball, as well as tumbling and cheerleading. And while the kids are improving their game, parents can take part in Legacy’s boot camp classes to work on their own physical fitness! Learn more at LegacySportComplex.com.
Visit local parks and walking trails
Rediscover the joy of walking at any of our local parks and walking trails, whether accompanied by a four-legged friend or with the family on bikes and scooters. Visit Sims Lake Park, EE Robinson Park, or the Suwanee Greenway, just to name a few, for a breath of fresh air, some vitamin D, and a little exercise.
Book your yearly exam
Prioritize your health in 2024 by taking a proactive approach and booking those crucial yearly exams. These aren’t just check-ups; they’re an investment in your future self. Stay ahead of the curve and make your health a top priority for a thriving and vibrant year ahead!
Care for Cops 5K Run/Walk
Taking place at Suwanee Town Center on March 30, this annual 5K supports Care for Cops, a nonprofit organization that has provided financial assistance to more than 90 families of fallen Georgia officers since 1999. Registered runners will receive a T-shirt and medal. For more information visit Care4Cops.org.
Invest in Self Care
This year, in addition to your physical health, be sure to indulge in a little self care. From facials to rejuvenating treatments, prioritize personal wellness because a healthier you starts with self-love. Local businesses like Vitality Med Spa are a great place to prioritize some “me time.”
Clean Out Your Pantry
The new year is a great time to give back. Clean out your pantry and donate to a local food bank like North Gwinnett Co-Op. It’s a small act with a big impact, ensuring everyone has access to wholesome meals this year. Learn more about North Gwinnett Co-Op’s food bank needs by visiting NorthGwinnettCoop.org.
Hike Stone Mountain
Take a scenic approach to your health this year by hiking up Stone Mountain for a dual dose of exercise and beautiful views. Elevate your well-being amidst nature’s wonders, making fitness a rewarding adventure. Learn more at StoneMountainPark.com.
Try Indoor Rock Climbing
Elevate your health in 2024 – literally. Conquer new heights at Suwanee’s Adrenaline Climbing, blending fitness and adventure with indoor rock climbing. Strengthen muscles, boost endurance, and enjoy a dynamic workout experience. Plus, it’s fun! Adrenaline is great for beginners and advanced climbers, and they have a kids wall! Adrenaline Climbing is located at 460 Brogdon Road, Suite 100, in Suwanee. Learn more at AdrenalineClimbing.com.
Get Up From Your Desk
Break free from the desk-bound routine and incorporate a daily walk into your schedule. This simple yet transformative habit can help with weight management, mood enhancement, improved sleep, joint and muscle health and more — plus it’s good for your mental health, too. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that individuals who participated in regular physical activity, including daily walking, experienced a 43% reduction in self-reported symptoms of depression.
This year, add sleep to the top of your priority list. Quality sleep enhances mood, cognition, and immune function. According to experts, adults should aim for 7-9 hours nightly; those achieving this target enjoy a 42% lower risk of heart failure. Make sleep a non-negotiable for a healthier, more vibrant you in 2024.