7 Healthy Things to Do in Philly This Weekend
Dance, barre, Pilates, yoga — it's all happening in the city.
This week started off cold and wet, so we feel for you if your normal fitness routine has been a little out of whack. The weekend is looking, well, cold and wet, but it’s hard to justify staying in when there are so many active ways to recharge. Here are eight ways to get back on track this weekend.
DANCE IT OUT WITH BAE. If you’re boo’ed up, our favorite studios have plenty of options to help you celebrate love (and possibly counteract that V-Day pasta dinner). Sign up for the beginners’ Ballroom Dance Workshop at Merge Dance Studio on Saturday at 5 p.m. or, if you’re feeling frisky, go for a Couples Lap Dance Workshop at Flaunt Fitness. (Yes, this exists.) Both classes cost $20 per person.
OR SHIMMY WITH YOUR GAL PALS. Allongée Technique’s 1 p.m. class this Saturday isn’t technically a Galentine’s-themed class, but what else would you call a HIIT workout set to the tunes of the Holy Trinity (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and the Queen herself, Beyoncé)? If you weren’t already convinced, proceeds from the donation-based class — note that there’s a $10 minimum — will go to Go4TheGoal, a Camden-based non-profit that provides financial support and wish-granting for families of children with cancer, among other programs.
SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES. Seasonal affective disorder is no joke; these perpetually gray skies can really impact our moods. If the short, dark, rainy days have you down, try Yoga for Winter Blues at Wake Up Yoga Rittenhouse. The Sunday morning workshop ($50), led by licensed psychotherapist Jessica Pavelka, bridges yoga and therapy through discussion, breathwork, and meditation. Expect a yoga flow, a Q&A, and, the salve to end all sadness, tea.
REFORM YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE WITH FREE PILATES CLASSES. There might be nothing else that motivates us more to get back into the gym than free classes. Club Pilates Doylestown provides that boost with its soft opening celebration, packed with an entire weekend of no-cost, 30-minute intro sessions. They’re filling up fast, though (duh, they’re FREE), so book here ASAP.
OR PAIR YOUR TINY MOVEMENTS WITH MEDITATION. The easiest way to get through an intense megaformer class is to schedule some me time (or rather, you time) afterward. Thanks to Vitality Meditation, that calm recovery is built right into this weekend’s Self-Care Sunday workout session at Sculpt360 in Center City. You’ll sweat through a 45-minute “Sculpt” class with instructor Jessica Kroboth and then center yourself for 15 minutes with legendary meditation teacher and Vitality Meditation co-founder Jasmine Bailey. Register here.
BONUS: BUILD A NATURAL PLAYGROUND WITH THE LANCASTER COUNTY CONSERVANCY. We don’t know exactly what this means, but we think it might be transforming rocks and trees into elements for kids to play on? Whatever it is, it can’t be bad if involves creating a place for little ones to run and jump and smile. Note: It does involve trekking out to Pequea. Volunteers will meet at Climbers Run Nature Reserve and work on the playground from 9 a.m. to noon. Dress for the weather and BYO pruners! RSVP here.