A new year brings fresh opportunities for those living at the luxury apartment complex to change their lives for the better
The start of a new year brings a feeling of optimism for most people. Many look forward to what the upcoming year has to offer, and there is a prevailing attitude that one’s life will be better in the new year than it was in the last. One way that people seek to improve their lot during the new year is to make some resolutions. Finding the way to stick to those resolutions can be tricky business, but the residents of The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, are fortunate that they have plenty of nearby options to keep them on track.
The 16,743 individuals who call the township of South Orange, New Jersey, home look forward to the start of the new year. (1) Each year offers the opportunity for people to improve upon what they already have or to turn their lives around. The top New Year’s resolutions don’t really change from year to year. The top three resolutions are losing weight, starting an exercise regimen, and to quit smoking. Other popular resolutions include picking up a new hobby, traveling more, and managing one’s money better. However, as the months roll by, people do find it harder to maintain those resolutions. A study found that 64 percent of those making a resolution kept it after one month but that number drops down to just 46 percent after six months. (2)
Those living at The Avenue at South Orange have a leg up when it comes to keeping true to their New Year’s resolution to start exercising and lose weight. The apartment complex features a state-of-the-art fitness center and gym, which includes changing rooms with showers for both men and women. There are also a number of quality gyms within the local community, such as CycleRx Cycling Studio, D&I Fitness, the South Mountain YMCA, and Colosseum Gym.
Another way for residents of The Avenue to exercise and shed some pounds is to do some outdoor activities in the township’s local parks. Cameron Field offers a swimming pool, tennis court, and a baseball/softball field, while Duck Pond Area offers ice skating, bocce courts, and a walking track. (An interesting fact is that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played at Cameron Field on October 27th, 1929.) (3) Grove Park offers a walking track and an area for passive recreation, and Farrell Field offers a tennis court and a baseball/softball field. Nearby South Mountain Reservation is a 2,110 acre nature reserve that boasts hiking trails, fishing, and carriage roads for horseback riding, jogging, and cross-country skiing. (4)
Improving one’s cultural education is a New Year’s resolution that those living at The Avenue can easily do. There are a number of art galleries and cultural centers located close to the apartment complex. The Baird Center offers art classes and houses the Pierro Gallery. Other nearby galleries include the Walsh Gallery, the Akwaaba Gallery, Arts Unbound Inc., and the Community Gallery at ValleyArts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) offers a venue for concerts, plays, poetry, and more. Visitors can also visit the Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, located at the SOPAC, which hosts 3 to 4 art exhibits a year. January concerts at the SOPAC include The Ulysses String Quartet, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Carrie Jackson, Bob Mould, and Billy Hector.
Eating healthy is made easier by the number of organic food shops and restaurants that can be found close at hand to The Avenue. Residents can shop at Corona Health Food, Natural Life Food Store, and Olive May Natural Foods to purchase food that won’t put synthetic chemicals or additives in one’s body. Nearby restaurants that offer vegan and vegetarian options include Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, The Dancing Blender Smoothie Company, Q’tal Bar & Grill, and The Fox & Falcon.
Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange says, “There’s nothing like the start of a new year to motivate you to turn over a new leaf. Many of our residents, like myself, are resolving to exercise more in order to be more healthy. I expect our fitness center will see a lot of use in the coming months. Personally, I enjoy hiking the trails found at South Mountain Reservation as you can see some beautiful landscapes and wildlife while burning off some calories. People who wish to throw themselves into creating art can take classes at the Baird Center, and there is a slew of art galleries one can visit to see some breathtaking pieces. Eating healthier is another New Year’s resolution I intend to keep, which means I’ve been doing some shopping at Olive May Natural Foods and Corona Health Food. I do admit that I still like to eat the occasional cheesesteak from Meat-A-Tarian as it is so good, but I balance it out by ordering the vegetarian-friendly almond risotto with sauteed spinach and red wine sauce from Q’tal Bar & Grill. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, but the almond risotto is insanely delicious. Overall, our residents can’t complain of not having the necessary tools to maintain their New Year’s resolutions as there are lots of options within a few minutes from The Avenue.” (5)
5) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange