Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 1:26 PM
Editor’s Note: While we’re in Portland over the next few weeks, we wanted to bring some local flavor to the blog by asking writers living in the area to contribute Hotpot-style city guides: recommendations on where to eat, where to shop, where to hang. Below, locally based writer Audrey Van Buskirk shares how Hotpot helped her map out where to get fit in the new year.
While about half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, research indicates that only about 12 percent keep their goals. Like many people, I put getting into better shape on the top of my goal list. So this past month, rather than approach it the same old way—making a whole new habit of something can be half the battle—I chose to use Hotpot to help me find new places to workout. Here’s what I found.
Earlier this month, when it was one of Portland’s rare dry winter days, I decided to first search for “outdoor gear” (just riding my bike to the coffee shop counts as exercise, right?). The store REI was recommended to me at the top of my search: