8 healthy things to do this weekend in NoVA

From squeezing in a Zumba class to practicing tai chi, here’s how to get your heart pumping and relieve some stress before the holidays.

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Getting healthy before the holidays is … not usually on our to-do list. 

But if you’re looking for a way to get moving before unwrapping gifts and indulging in holiday meals, here’s where to spend an hour or two this weekend. 

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The Ellen Workout
Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
Calling all Orangetheory fans, it’s time to honor the company’s founder, Ellen Lantham, with her favorite workout. Row, run and lift your way to feeling up and ready for the holiday week ahead, and you might just get hooked in time for a new 2020 resolution. //  Orangetheory Fairfax City: 10621 Braddock Road, Suite J, Fairfax; first class is free, membership prices vary

Tai Chi
Saturday, Dec. 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
With the holiday season in full swing (and the end of all of the festivities right around the corner), you’re probably in need of a sense of harmony and balance in your life. The calming and intuitive practice of tai chi can bring that into your life, especially before the turn of the new decade. Learn taiji movements and deep-breathing exercises, and improve your overall holiday health. // Yoga Toka: 3260 Duke St., Alexandria; $20

Ugly Sweaterasana at New District Brewing Company
Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Squeeze one extra yoga class into your busy holiday weekend and your mind and body will thank you. Put on your ugliest holiday sweater and join eat.YOGA.drink for an all-level vinyasa yoga class, then enjoy a New District Brewing Company brew on the house. Stick around for a merry start to your bound-to-be-busy holiday week. // New District Brewing Company: 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington; $20

No Limits Adaptive Open Gym
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
DPI Adaptive Fitness was designed with everyone in mind. People of all adaptive abilities can use the gym space during open gym, whether they’re looking to punch a boxing bag or get in some extra cardio training before the holiday week. Plus, find adaptive machines fit for wheelchair users, an open weight lifting area and more. // DPI Adaptive Fitness: 3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 101, Fairfax; free

Kids & Family Yoga
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2-3 p.m.
We all need a little peace and quiet this season, so bring along your kiddos and learn to move, breath and relax during a kid-inspired yoga class. Students will learn to promote joy through physical movement, self-expression and self-confidence. The class incorporates games, songs, movement and stretching to encourage students to develop and grow through movements in their own way. // National Integrative Wellness & Resource Center: 3260 Duke St., Alexandria; $25

Bootcamp, Brunch & Booze: Indoor Winter Series
Sunday, Dec. 22, 9-11 a.m.
Fitness2Go is here to get you in gear for the holiday week, especially if you don’t have a single workout planned thanks to travel, holiday parties and more. The boot camp regimen stops for nothing in Reston (classes are now inside due to colder temperatures), so get that workout in and follow it up by treating yourself to brunch and booze with LOKL Gourmet. // 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston; $25

Beyond Stretch at Aslin
Sunday, Dec. 22, 10-11 a.m.
Strength and flexibility are two requirements when it comes to better mobility (and better workouts), and the Beyond Stretch class is here to help with both. Get moving with exercises targeted at specific muscles and muscle groups, which will help you improve your balance and core strength, and lead you into better, more beneficial workouts in the new year. Then, enjoy your first pour on the house from Aslin Beer Company. // Aslin Beer Company: 847 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; $20-$25

Zumba at Solace Brewing
Sunday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-noon
Feel the rhythm and dance the morning away with Cathy Caminero and Zumbanova. Even if you’ve never danced a step in your life (or yet this holiday season), you’re welcome to sway your hips and enjoy a fresh brew after the class is over. Plus, the brewery is a family-friendly venue, so feel free to bring your little dancers along too. // Solace Brewing Company: 42615 Trade W. Drive, Suite 100, Dulles; $15

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