Take A Class at REI
REI's flagship store in the District has a whole host of activites planned for this month and many are free. Learn basic bike maintenance, find out about Washington DC area 'Splashdown' hikes, get backpacking advice, and a lot more. Visit the REI website for a complete list of classes and to sign up.
Take a FREE Yoga Class Outdoors
One good thing about summer in DC is the supply of free outdoor yoga classes. For example, on Saturdays you can practice in Yards Park and on the Georgetown Waterfront, while on Sundays HotSpot DuPont hosts a class in Meridian Hill Park. Additional options are available, check out the ALDC community yoga page for more details.
Enjoy a Day by the Pool
Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool
Cool off at one of DC's free public pools or treat yourself to an afternoon at the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. Get details and a few other ideas in our post, 6 Places to Cool Off this Summer in the Washington DC Area.
Women, Wine, and Self Defense
Ladies this one is for you! Punch out it with other women while learning valuable self defense techniques from competitive fighter Angela Meyer. Need some convincing? Check out Angie's post, 5 Reasons Why All Women Should Train Self Defense. Get more event details and sign up information for the event here.
Fitbit Local DC Launch Event with DC's Top Trainers Chris Perrin & Cynthia Lorena
"Say hello to Fitbit Local, a series of free monthly workouts in your city led by fitness ambassadors from your community. Fitbit Local DC is kicking things off in DC on Saturday, July 15 at Yards Park at the Great Lawn!
Grab a friend and join us as we launch in the Nation's Capital. Fitbit Local Ambassadors and DC's top trainers, Chris Perrin & Cynthia Lorena will lead an energizing, all-levels workout that combines a bodyweight bootcamp and yoga flow. There will be a live DJ to keep you pumped and lots of excitement afterwards - including healthy snacks and beverages, free t-shirts and a raffle with product giveaways.
The first 300 people to arrive will go home with a Fitbit yoga mat, so get there early! (*Please bring your own mat in case you are not one of the first 300)"
Try a New Gym
Exercising outdoors in the stifling DC heat and humidity can be downright dangerous, so you may want to work up a sweat inside when the heat is dialed up. Check out these 10 Washington DC Area fitness studios that you can try to free and be sure to visit the ALDC Offers page, which features additional introductory offers from DC area fitness studios.
Standup Paddleboarding on the Potomac
Take in some local scenery and enjoy a workout by taking a standup paddleboarding (SUP) class on the Potomac. Newbies can take a SUP orientation, while the more fitness-focused can enjoy SUP yoga or a SUP fitness class that includes paddle sprints and bodyweight exercises. If SUP isn't your thing, check out the full list of activities offered by Boating in DC.
Hike at Shenandoah
There is never a bad time of year to visit Shenandoah National Park. The northern end is about a 90 minute drive from the District. You hike can hike Old Rag, perhaps the most famous hike in the region, or check out a bunch of waterfalls on the White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run Trail (see the above video). If you choose to try Old Rag, make sure to vist the National Park Service website for safety information.