It’s hot and miserable and none of us want to go outside, but that doesn’t matter. You have to go out and breath some fresh air. You have to move your body. D.C.’s weather might be horrific, but it really is a lovely city with so many goddamn green spaces. So don’t let the heat index push you around. Fight back.
Okay, so this is not a exercise focused outdoor activity, but it’s important nonetheless. Head to the Wunder Garten to enjoy beer, smores, and a conversation lead by organizations like Outdoor Afro, Latino Outdoors, and more. This will not make you a better person, but it couldn’t hurt.
Yoga is great, but you know whats better? Doing yoga by the water. Get in the zone and pretend you’re nowhere near D.C. Not to mention the breeze coming off the water might make you feel a little bit better. No prior experience is necessary, but you will need to bring your own mat because that’s usually how these kinds of things work. You will feel better about life after this. I promise.
Maybe you’re more of active person? Maybe you prefer your runs to start and end with a beer? Then make a trip to Port City Brewing on Thursday for their evening run with Pacers Running. Depending on your experience / activity level there are 1, 3 or 5 mile runs through a nearby park. Afterward… or before… or both… get yourself a sweet beer from Port City and try on some new running shoes. Sweet sweet capitalism.
This is an independent activity, but if you wanted to grab a bunch of friends and make it a group effort, that’s cool too. Rock Creek Cemetery is one of D.C.s’ most beautiful cemeteries. There are trees and a little mini lake and hills and everything you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the living. Not to mention, it holds some local famous folk, like Edgar Allen Poe’s sister, Supreme Court justices, and Upton Sinclair. It’s deeply cool and only a little spooky. I promise.
Hate animals? Prefer the solitude of nature? Our HIKING GUIDE will definitely help you find a reasonable alternative.
Are you more of a pilates person than a yoga person? Then you’re in luck! Rock the Reformer is hosting a very free pilates class in Chevy Chase. It’s at 9 a.m. so it’s a good excuse to get up and get your day started. Don’t forget to bring your own mat!
For those of you who enjoy to end your week with some hardcore fitness, this free class is for you. Expect a variety of fun and challenging events designed to help you burn calories, strength train, and more. And just like that your week is over. Don’t you feel better knowing that you can do all this stuff even if it’s hot as hell?
AND A SPECIAL REMINDER!!!
You know what else you’ve earned this week? Attendance at an awesome free festival with awesome free giveaways and all the sweet meat (and vegan alternatives) that you crave after working up a sweat with these fitness classes. JERKY FEST IS THIS SATURDAY, July 23, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the REI Wunder Garten! Beer, beards, and beef. There will be plenty of these things. I am seriously distressed that I will not be able to attend, because jerky is like my life. It should be the backbone of your workouts this week, too. All that protein. Your weekend is looking a whole lot better than mine.