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This time of year in D.C. usually means nonstop sweating. Sweating before you even go outside or sweating just thinking about going outside are very real aspects of August in the city. Not to jinx this whole “it’s not really that hot” thing, but it really isn’t that hot this week, meaning that you’re going to have to try really hard to sweat this week. Here are some things to help you out.

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Kickboxing @ National Harbor

Kickboxing is hands down the best way to work out. It’s not running, so it’s already pretty great, plus it allows you to take out some anger while gaining lots of strength. Riding the Capital Wheel after attending a free evening kickboxing class by No Excuse Workout at the National Harbor is the best treat (besides maybe ice cream). Bring water and a towel!

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Yoga on the Run

Do you like running? Or yoga? Or maybe running and yoga? Head to Summit to Soul before 6:25 p.m. to sign up for a combination running and yoga session. The class will run from Head to Summit to East Side Yoga for 20 minutes of yoga, before running back to Summit to Soul. This class is free to attend and guarantees a complete workout.



Tour: Travel The Tropics @ U.S. Botanic Gardens

Join Botanic Gardener Angela for a walk and talk through the tropics of the Botanic Gardens. Check out plants native to the Yucatan Peninsula and the Amazon Rainforest right here in D.C. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and is totally free to you. Stop by and be transported to the Amazon and learn some cool new facts about plants to tell your friends.


Celestial Flow @ Canton Waterfront Park

Perseid’s Meteor Shower is back and ready for your viewing. Head to Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore to welcome in the spectacular light show with some flow yoga. Come by at 8:00 p.m. decked out in your best cosmic garb plus a mat and water bottle. This event is kid-friendly and all levels!

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EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp & Tasting

For the low, low price of $12, you can enjoy a day of outdoor butt-whooping boot camp at the beautiful Canal Park followed by food and drink tasting at Up Top Acres. Food and drink partners include Takorean, Beefsteak, Vegetable & Butcher, Honest Tea, and Rujero Singani. All profits go to restoring the Anacostia River. So, let’s recap: a great outdoor workout, food and drink sampling, and supporting a great cause.

Yoga @ Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market

If you’ve never been to Four Mile Park, this yoga session with instructor Melody is the perfect chance to visit. The park includes natural land and trails in an urban setting meaning the perfect place for yoga around The District. Don’t forget your mat and water, plus a $10 donation which will go toward improving and conserving Four Mile Run Park.

Go forth into nature!