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Five Local Fitness Classes That Will Help You De-Stress During the Holidays

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If a month-long span of festive parties, potlucks, and presents galore is leaving you anxious and overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Beat holiday stress by filling up your calendar with mood-boosting fitness classes. Here are five types of classes that are sure to keep your body — and mind — in tiptop shape. 

Meditation // One of the most important things you can do during the holiday season is turn off your brain. At Shambhala in Rittenhouse, they offer several public meditation classes each week to help clear and calm the mind. If you’re a first-timer, consult their calendar for a host of beginner-level classes to get you started. Psst: If you can’t make it to a class, try these tips for a satisfying at-home practice.

Kickboxing/Boxing // Some classes are intended to help you unwind, classes like kickboxing and boxing are best for blowing off steam. Kick and jab away for a calorie-torching workout that’s perfect for releasing tension. Check out soon-to-be-open CKO Kickboxing or Joltin’ Jabs when you’re feeling particularly stressed.

Heated Yoga // Yoga is often touted for its soothing effects, but heated yoga is sure to relax even the most wound-up yogi. The elevated temps foster maximum flexibility. Bikram Yoga Philadelphia, Priya Hot Yoga and Hot Box Yoga are just a few of the local outposts where you can get your flow — and sweat — on.

Dance // In the immortal words of Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina Yang: ”Sometimes, you just need to dance it out.” Whether top 40 tunes or hip-hop tracks grace your Spotify playlist, there’s a dance class to fit your needs. Check out this roundup to find the best spots in Philly.

Stroller Workouts // Can’t score a babysitter? Don’t freak. Your little one can tag along on your fitness jaunt. Fit4Mom’s Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes cater to new moms by offering 60-minute total-body workouts in an atmosphere where children are welcome.

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