Posted in: Health Posted on: Jun 16th, 2015

Get Fit with These Gyms, Classes, and Parks

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Getting in shape isn't just a thing to do to improve your waistline and help you lose weight. It's also a lot of fun and can help improve your mood and self-esteem. Living in Midtown, Houston, means that you have plenty of options when it comes to getting fit. Whether you want to work out on your own, take a class, or bring the kids, you'll find a gym or fitness studio to accommodate you.

Family Friendly Options

If you are looking for a place that has programs for the entire family, check out the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA. Located just outside of Midtown, the Y has more than 50 group exercise programs for adults, personal training options, and programs for older adults (those over 50). There are also wellness programs for young people and teenagers, including summer camps and youth sports teams.

One highlight of the YMCA is its pool. The Y offers a number of swimming lessons, for babies through adults, in a group format. There are different levels of classes available based on a person's skill level, from beginner through advanced.

Open 24/7

Sometimes, you want a gym that works on your schedule. Fortunately, some of the gyms in Midtown are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. One of those gyms is the appropriately named 24 Hour Fitness.

Along with convenient operating hours, 24 Hour Fitness has a wide range of amenities to meet your fitness needs. There's the standard treadmills and other cardio equipment, as well as free weights. If you are more of a team player, you can try shooting hoops on the full-sized basketball court or taking a group exercise class. There's also a racquetball court, group cycling, and an indoor lap pool.

Smaller Classes

Perhaps you're looking for a more boutique workout experience or feel intimidated by the size of a big gym. Inner Me Studios offers a variety of creative fitness classes and a personalized experience. You can try classes such as ballet, Zumba, or boot camp, or sample one of the studio's more creative combination classes. For example, Piyolet is a combination of ballet, pilates, and yoga. Hip hop yoga combines Ashtanga yoga with upbeat hip hop music.

Outdoor Options

You aren’t limited to a gym or fitness club if your goal is to get in shape. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails throughout the city of Houston that let you enjoy the great outdoors while working out. In total, there are more than 128 miles of trail throughout the city's park system and most trails are open until 11pm every night. The trails themselves vary in length and style. Some are just half mile loops while others are linear trails that stretch for a few miles. When using the trails, remember that they are mixed use, so keep an eye out for other bikers, walkers, or runners.

The number of fitness opportunities in and around Midtown mean that you aren't stuck with the same old exercise routine. Try a new fitness class or take your kids or pets out for a walk along a local trail.