Weekly Feature

2016-07-06 / Editorial

Take advantage of free exercise classes this summer

Throughout the summer, there are plenty of activities that can help you remain active, and some are even free of charge.

Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara have teamed up for the fifth consecutive year to offer Fitness in the Parks, free outdoor community exercise classes.

In Tonawanda, weekly yoga classes will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Ellicott Creek, located by the outdoor fitness center. The classes will run now through Aug. 25.

According to a press release, each class is 60 minutes and is taught by YMCA-certified instructors. There is no advanced sign-up required to participate in any of the classes.

People can simply show up at the location of their choice at the day and time listed on the class schedule. For a complete list of Fitness in the Parks locations, or times and dates for giveaways, visit www.independenthealth.com/fitpark.

In addition to partnering with the YMCA on Fitness in the Parks, Independent Health provides a variety of community programs and initiatives, including the new Reddy Bikeshare program being launched in the city of Buffalo this summer; the “Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge” Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays; and the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA; among others.

The Independent Health Foundation also offers a number of signature programs, including First Night Buffalo, Fitness for Kids and Kids Run, and Good for the Neighborhood.

Fitness at Canalside, presented by Blue- Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, also offers a variety of free exercise classes in downtown Buffalo that can help you stay in shape or learn something new.

Here are some examples:

Fusion Fitness from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Fusion workouts include strength and running, Pilates, and strength and cycling combinations.

Barre Centric from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Barre Centric combines principles from ballet, yoga and Pilates.

Taoist tai chi from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tai chi helps to improve circulation, increase flexibility and strength, and reduce stress.

Hoop Dance/Rhythm from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. This class allows you to burn calories through steps, spins, swinging and twirling of a hoop.

For more information or classes, visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

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