Houston offers many free/low-cost outdoor exercise options

Houston offers many free/low-cost outdoor exercise options

Like so many well-intentioned people, you’ve probably made the commitment to a pricey gym membership, and then ultimately cancelled when life derailed your exercise plans. With spring here and summer fast approaching, you should know that Houston offers many no- or low-cost workouts that will keep you in shape without breaking the bank. Added bonus

Like so many well-intentioned people, you’ve probably made the commitment to a pricey gym membership, and then ultimately cancelled when life derailed your exercise plans. With spring here and summer fast approaching, you should know that Houston offers many no- or low-cost workouts that will keep you in shape without breaking the bank. Added bonus – you get healthy time outdoors in the sunshine.

Here’s a list to help you stay fit!

Discovery Green Fitness Classes: Varied days and times

Discovery Green offers an abundance of exercises classes led by certified instructors and trainers to suit every level:

  • Bumba Toning, Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Core-Focused Yoga, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Circus Arts, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Zumba, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Parkour, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Blissful Warrior Yoga, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
  • Discovery Hoop Dance, Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information, visit www.discoverygreen.com/ebevents.

Yoga on the Plaza, Rothko Chapel Reflecting Pool: Saturdays in March, April, October and November, 9 a.m.

This class, led by Bayou Bliss Yoga instructors, offers an invigorating yoga practice allowing participants to connect with the body and breath. The 60-minute sessions focus on building strength and flexibility. Admission is free, though a $10 donation is suggested. Visit www.rothkochapel.org for more information.

Memorial Park Swimming Pool:

Memorial Park offers a 33-meter pool, adjacent to the Fitness Center. The pool is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is free. Visit www.houstontx.gov/parks.

This year, the Memorial Park pool will be open for lap swim Tuesday through Friday from 6-10 a.m., May 26 through Oct. 30 (or earlier if water temperature drops below 72 degrees).

Brian O’Neill’s Running Club: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

BON Running Club’s 5-kilometer route begins and ends every Tuesday night at the Gorgeous Gael Pub (formerly Brian O’Neill’s Pub) in Rice Village. Membership is completely free; check-in and registration is open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in front of the pub. Small organized group runs start at 6 and 6:30 p.m., but members may begin running anytime after checking in. The route begins from the pub, circles the Rice University campus loop, and ends back at the same starting point. Runners, walkers and joggers of all levels are welcome. The club offers prizes and perks after hitting certain milestones, such as member shirts and free weekly beers after 10 runs, a Brooks running jacket after 75 runs, and so on. Visit bon.ffprunningclubs.org/ for more information.

Architecture Center Houston Walking and Biking Tours: Saturdays, 10 a.m., select Thursdays at 6 p.m.

For those looking for a less intense way to get exercise in, consider exploring your home city on foot. These two-hour tours allow participants to explore the architecture, design, and history of Houston’s urban landscape at locations such as Rice University, Buffalo Bayou, the Texas Medical Center, Museum District, downtown and more. The center also offers bike tours through the Third Ward and Houston Heights neighborhoods. Admission is $5-$10; visit www.aiahouston.org.

Don’t prefer to drive much?

Check out The McGuire-Dent Recreation Center and the Wright Cuney Recreation Center in Galveston. They are both free to area residents and offer classes such as Latin dance and kickboxing. Visit www.cityofgalveston.org

Sources: linked at the end of each section.

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