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41. Get In Shape With Fitness In The Park


Much more than a mere walk in the park. - COURTESY
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  • Much more than a mere walk in the park.

Want to get in shape? Put on your workout attire and walk/drive/bike to the nearest public park. You'll likely find a yoga or fitness class there. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's three-year-old program Fitness in the Park continues to grow. There are about 400 offerings at little more than half of the city's parks. The program attracted 42,000 participants throughout 2014. Longtime offerings include Tai Chi, aerobics, walking, Zumba, boot camps and circuit training. Times vary and no registration is needed. No matter the age or fitness level, an adult or a whole family has plenty of options. New classes include piloxing — a blend of Pilates, boxing and dance — and non-contact cardio boxing led by former Spur Antonio Daniels and his wife Sonia. "Antonio and Sonia want to be part of the San Antonio fitness community," said Michael Baldwin, special project manager for parks and recreation. The program has also added a mobile wellness unit, where visitors may receive basic screenings. Visit sanantonio.gov/parksandrec for details.

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