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Getting in shape is a common New Year’s resolution, but is often forgotten by February. Finding motivation to work out can be difficult, especially if you don’t want to spend the money for a gym membership. Being active is important for your overall health, but between the gear and the memberships, it can get expensive very quickly. Luckily, in Fresno, it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a lot of great ways to get fit around Fresno without breaking the bank. Here are some fun and free ways to get active in 2017.
Running is probably the easiest way to get a workout in because you can do it right outside your home. If you’re not in a prime location for running, then you’re probably not too far from a running trail. Fresno and Fresno County are loaded with running trails. Woodward Park even has some hills and activity stops along the trail for strength training. Check out TrailLink to find one near you.
Heartbeat Boxing is offering free Women’s Self Defense Training every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. They are doing this community service in honor of Ruby Ruiz, the owner’s sister, who died as a result of domestic violence.
Lululemon Athletica offers group sessions of various fitness activities throughout the week. They have a running group that meets on Friday Mornings @ 6:00 a.m. They meet at Starbucks on Friant and Fort Washington, and you can participate in a 1,2, or 3-mile loop. Lululemon has a community run every Wednesday evening at 5:45 to run around Fig Garden area. On Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. they offer a free community yoga class in their store in Fig Garden.
A lot of gyms offer free intro classes or one week free, so try gym hopping for a while. Cyclebar offers a free intro class for first-time riders. Crossfit Fresno also offers free intro classes. Fort Washington Fitness has a limited time offer for a free 7 day VIP pass. By trying out these different gyms, it can help get you motivated to work out and get you into the routine of working out. It typically takes 21 days of consistently working out to develop the habit of working out. You may even get hooked and pay for a membership.
Fresno is located so close to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Park that there’s no excuse to not go hiking. Even in the winter, you can strap on some snowshoes and go. There are countless places to explore.