8 healthy things to do this week in NoVA

Time to get out of the heat with a beginner boxing class, or push through the sweat at the Crystal City Twilighter 5K.

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Anytime Fitness Open House
July 19-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Interested in what Anytime Fitness has to offer? With over a dozen locations in the Northern Virginia area, the gym is accessible from almost anywhere, and is welcoming new guests and future members to try out its services. Stop by a July Open House date and get a free fitness consultation, health analysis and seven days of free access to the location. // Anytime Fitness Rosslyn: 1919 N. Lynn St., Arlington; free

Baby Goat Yoga
July 20, 9 a.m.
Get ready to stretch out with some new four-legged friends. Ever since the internet caught wind of goat yoga (and their adorable ability to hop on the backs of class participants), it has started popping up at locations across the U.S. Now, it has made its way to The Yoga Experience at Restoration Acres. Find more unique yoga classes around NoVA here. // Restoration Acres: 10 Palomino Place, Fredericksburg; $35

Elevate Your Fitness with Essential Oils
July 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Curious about how essential oils could help you during a workout? This course will offer a variety of samples to try that cover the topics of warming/cooling properties of the oils, respiratory support, muscle soreness and recovery, immune support, healthy metabolism and hydration support. // The Athlete Development Center: 102 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church; $10

Crystal City Twilighter
July 20, 8:30 p.m.
Getting out for a 5K in the summer heat can be tough, but how about some pizza and beer as a tasty incentive? Forget getting in your early-morning route before the sun rises. Lace up your shoes to race in the Crystal City Twilighter 5K and light up the night with glow sticks, live music and a celebratory after party. // 2121 Crystal Drive, Crystal City; $38-$50

Pedal Positive
July 21, 10:30 a.m.
Bikes are getting more and more common as a commuting alternative during the warmer months (especially for those who are avoiding the electric scooters altogether). But what if you don’t know how to ride one? This two-hour free class teaches adults and mature teens how to ride a bike in a fun, supportive environment. // Charles Houston Recreation Center Gymnasium: 901 Wythe St., Alexandria; free

Meditation Class
July 22, 7:30 a.m.
Starting your day off on the right foot just got a little bit easier. This 30-minute meditation period allows for meditation practice in a supportive community that allows for reflection and fellowship. Each class, which takes place every morning through September, has an optional 15-minute discussion afterward. // IMCW Center for Mindful Living: 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC; $5 donation requested

Beginner Boxing
July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Those quick jabs aren’t as easy as they look. If you’re interested in learning the foundations of boxing, this class is for you. Learn the proper stance and positioning, defensive positions and the basic punches in boxing. Regardless of your athletic ability or desired outcome, the class will be personalized and challenging for everyone. // DPI Adaptive Fitness: 3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 101, Fairfax; free

Free Yoga in the Park
July 24, 6:30 p.m.
A great way to get through the week is by getting outside and giving yourself some space. Stretch and release your muscles at a free yoga class in Strawberry Park in the Mosaic District with Spark Yoga every Wednesday until the end of August. (P.S. The location was voted as runner-up for Best Yoga Studio in our 2019 Best of NoVA issue) // Strawberry Park at Mosaic: 2910 District Ave., Fairfax; free

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