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Get Fit This Summer at the Library

Get Fit This Summer at the Library

Published: June 26, 2018

If you’re looking for an introduction to different types of fitness classes, or if you crave a low-key environment for getting heart-healthy exercise, make sure you give the library a try!

This summer, our exercise options have substantially increased, and we’re offering opportunities to fit all skill and ability levels. The classes are judgment-free and fun, and we have terrific instructors who will get you to stretch your comfort level and your mind, along with your body!

Zumba is one of our mainstays, and classes continue at the Main Library in Newton on Monday evenings at 6 pm (July 16, 23, and 30). The sessions feature a little bit of dance, a little bit of aerobics, and a whole lot of high-energy activity. These classes will get you sweating!

Zumba is also making its debut at the Southwest Branch Library in July. It takes place on Tuesday evenings, July 3 and 10 at 6 pm. These classes are bilingual, so instructions will be delivered in English and Spanish. As with all our Zumba classes, everyone 14 and up is welcome, with parental signatures required for teens under 18.

At the Main Library in Newton, bilingual yoga has taken off and has grown steadily over the weeks. The sessions take place Thursdays at 6:30 pm (no class July 5) and combine mental, physical, and spiritual components. If you’re looking to stretch, get centered, and find the calm in your life, these are terrific classes to attend.

The Conover Branch Library is also offering yoga for all ages this summer. The sessions are scheduled on the third Friday of each month through at least August, and they take place from 5 pm till 6:30 pm. (The next session is on Friday, July 20.) Beginners, families, and advanced students are invited to participate and to make use of the practice as it fits their abilities. Attendees are requested to bring their own mats or towels.

The St. Stephens Branch Library is also introducing something new this summer as we implement a chair dancing program. The low-impact exercise is tailored to folks who need or want to stay seated, and it also accommodates people who can be on their feet. The goal is for participants to get in shape and increase their energy levels at a doable pace, as it makes sense for each individual. Chair dancing is scheduled for Fridays, July 6, 13, and 20 at 9:30 am.

We would love to have you attend any of these classes at any of our branches. Finding time for exercise can be difficult, but our libraries are close by, and the parking is generally easy, especially later in the evening. If you have any questions, call our main line at 828.465.8664, and feel free to speak with a staff member to get more details. We’ll have fun together, and we’ll make sure to keep moving a little more each week. See you there!