Skate, grapple and roll

You have to pay bills and manage budgets. You have to shop for groceries and prepare your own meals if you want to eat. 

That said, there are also some perks. If you want to have muffins for dinner, no one can stop you. It might not be incredibly healthy for your overall well-being to do that daily, but that’s where balance comes into play. 

Striving to be a well-rounded adult doesn’t have to mean always making unfun decisions, especially when it comes to your health and wellness. Fitness is all about moving your body in ways that make you happy, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. 

For example, did you love couple-skating with your crush in junior high? You can sort of recreate that at Skate Galaxy (5800 N.W. 36th; 605-2758). Obviously, that old junior high crush won’t be there. But let’s be frank: When is the last time you slipped on a pair of roller skates? It’s probably best he or she isn’t there to witness what could be a wobbly reintroduction to the world of wheels. 

Not only is Skate Galaxy helping you roll your way into the new year, but it’s offering Zumba and family self-defense classes, too. 

Speaking of self-defense, it’s actually pretty hard work to get in ass-kicking shape. Why not train with the best at Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts (4419 N.W. 50th; 466-5255)? 

Oklahoma’s only accredited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy has produced first-rate fighters like local James Head, who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Whether you plan on taking someone on in the Octagon or just want to get in shape while learning to defend yourself, Lovato’s will help you achieve your goals.

Maybe you’re a lover, not a fighter. Consider Teaze Dance and Fitness (112 N. Broadway; 232-7653). Get in shape and pick up a new skill set.Always wanted to perform a lap dance with some amount of finesse? There’s a class for that. 

In fact, there’s a class to teach the basics of lap dancing as well as striptease. Because — let’s face it — one really should practice disrobing whenever a chair is involved.

Go for the gold in alternative aerobics if you’d like, and master the art of pole dancing. If you’ve never considered hoisting yourself up onto a pole and trying to make it look athletic in the process, the Level I Pole Kitten class is for you. If you have some experience, try the Pole Fox (Level II). 

Go ahead and have your muffin for dinner. Just make sure it’s whole-grain and lowfat — and paired with some kind of physical activity. Let’s shop, OKC!