Thanksgiving weekend just passed and we’re now in full holiday party and holiday dinner mode! It’s time to add some health and wellness to the mix. Welcome SoulCycle, a premier full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle brand, is opening of its first Pacific Northwest location in Bellevue this January. With studios along the West Coast, SoulCycle will bring the joy of movement into the greater Seattle area with a brand new location in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square Expansion.

I had never taken a spin class before this. Something about it always intimidated me. I’ve halfheartedly biked at the gym for a few minutes a handful of times and I’m an occasional summer bike rider, but that’s it. I’d heard good things from multiple people about Flywheel for a while now. I even signed up for a class three years ago, but ended up ditching last minute. I never got around to going again until a few weeks ago. This is not a sponsored post—opinions are my own.

November is here and winter is coming. While a season of hibernation (and holiday overeating) is tempting, it’s also a great time to get started on those fitness and lifestyle goals we’ve been putting off since New Year’s. I’m a firm believer that it’s better late than never.

We had a chance to chat with Lane Hobbs, a registered dietician at Virginia Mason, following a study published in September that found people who use fitness trackers don’t necessarily lose more weight when compared to their counterparts. Lane talked with us about how to effectively utilize those fitness trackers as well as general nutrition, exercise, and de-stressing tips. 

Okay, so it’s still only January but that’s what this month of the new year is for, right? Ringing in our resolutions — for many of us that means pushing ourselves to the edge of fitness. Whether we’re charging up Rattlesnake Ridge, stretching into sun salutations in local studios, or paddling out over the still-frigid PNW waters, we’re living to be outside channeling the strength that comes with movement.

At this Whistler fitness retreat, tough workouts and deep relaxation go hand-in-hand.

Stillness surrounds you as you soak in the hot tub and stare out at the fog rolling in over the snow-capped Coast Mountains of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. It’s completely quiet — except for your loud, throbbing muscles, still screaming at you after six hours of exercise in a single day.