10 healthy things to do to this week around NoVA

From free fitness classes to health lectures, here’s how to start August on the right foot.

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Remember those New Year’s resolutions way back when? What about prepping your body for the summer? Well, you might not feel motivated to start them back up now, but if you’re looking to get moving—here’s where to start your August health kick.

Roosevelt Island DC Park Run
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.
This free 5K race takes place every week, and it’s you against the clock. Runners are asked to register beforehand in order to get their barcode that will track their time, and can continue to watch their progress when they return to try the run again. Plus, there’s no time minimum or maximum, making it the perfect excuse to see what you’ve got. // Roosevelt Island: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington; free

Cardio Boxing
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.
Every Saturday morning, Future Champs Boxing and Fitness hosts a fast-paced, high-energy and full-body HIIT boxing class that welcomes beginners and pros alike. If you’ve been looking for another way to burn calories or relieve some stress, this could be just the right fit. Be sure to register online before attending as small classes fill up quickly. // Future Champs Boxing: 27 Utah Place, Suite 105, Fredericksburg; $20

Free Meditation Class
Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m.
In December 2018, meditation was tapped as the fastest growing health trend in America. You may have tried a meditation app or watched a YouTube video, but if you’re trying to get an experience that’s different and less self-driven, visit Arlington Metaphysical Chapel. The chapel hosts free meditation classes on weekends led by Tom Condenzio. // Arlington Metaphyscial Chapel: 5618 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; free

Family Yoga
Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m.
Yoga can be a personalized experience but sometimes you just want to bring your crew. In attempts to further reach the Great Falls community, Yours Truly, Yoga, hosts a suggested-donation family class for all ages and all levels. Essential oils are available to use and snacks are served after class. // Yours Truly, Health and Wellness: 10250 Akhtamar Drive, Great Falls; $25 suggested donation

Capitol Riverfront Summer Fitness Series
Monday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
If you haven’t renewed your gym membership throughout the summer, don’t fret. Capitol Riverfront BID has been hosting free classes every night of the week at Yards Park and Canal Park, ranging from vinyasa yoga to barre boot camp. The Yoga Flow class on Monday night is hosted by VIDA fitness and all are welcome. And, did we mention it’s on the waterfront, too? // The Yards Park: 355 Water St. SE, Washington, DC; free

Sunset Fitness in the Park
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
Every Wednesday until the end of the month (Aug. 28), head to Georgetown Waterfront Park for a free fitness class hosted by a local studio. This week’s class is hosted by CorePower yoga, and guests need to bring comfortable attire, a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Register beforehand to let them know you’re coming and look for the bright blue Georgetown BID tent upon arrival. // Georgetown Waterfront Park: Water St. NW, Washington, DC; free

Free Fitness on the Town Green
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
Grass Roots Fitness is hosting free HIIT (high-intensity interval training) classes on Wednesday nights at the Vienna Town Green until Aug. 21. Bring a mat, a bottle of water and get ready to sweat. Be sure to register beforehand to ensure your spot, and check the website for more classes offered throughout the week. // Vienna Town Green: 144 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; free

Stress, Anxiety and Heart Health
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol and hormonal imbalances, Dr. Raya will be hosting a lecture at the Vitology Institute to help community members learn more about how stress and anxiety impact overall health.  This event encourages spouses to bring significant others in order to benefit the entire household. // Vitology Institute:  8302 Old Courthouse Road, Suite B, Tysons; free

The Healing Power of Communication
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 5 p.m.
Award-winning journalist Katie Couric is set to hold a conversation with local health professionals at Georgetown University about the healing powers of communication and the benefits it can have in an individual’s life. The event will also have a reception and light refreshments afterward. // Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; free

Fitness on the Plaza
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
One Loudoun’s free weekly fitness class hosted by The Fitness Equation can be anything from Zumba to athletic conditioning. If you’re up for the challenge and looking for a great way to get the whole family moving, head out to the plaza every Thursday until Aug. 29 to take advantage of some free fitness. // One Loudoun Downtown Plaza: Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn; free

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