We all know that there’s a million excuses not to exercise, and have heard everything from “I’m too busy” to “The dog ate my runners,” but when it comes to getting fit, a real excuse can be it’s just too damned expensive to join that elite gym or take those intense classes. Luckily for you we’ve rounded up a few free ways to get your body and mind in the shape they should be…
Have you seen those folks in the park practicing a slow, mindful martial art? You may have been watching Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Try it out at Vital Health Medical and Wellness where’s there’s free Qigong on Monday and Wednesday mornings for all of July into August from 7:30am to 8:30am.
Every week Lululemon stores and showrooms push their products aside, unroll yoga mats, and turn their spaces into instant yoga studios. Classes are complimentary and lead by instructors from local studios in the community. Find local store info here. You can check out other great free yoga events around Vancouver here.
Rumba, West Coast Swing, and Viennese Waltz are just some of the dance styles you could learn at the free Friday night classes that DanceSportBC hosts at Robson Square. Date night just got easy and cheap.
No dance experience or partner is needed for the free Monday night classes on the North Point of Canada Place. Join the dance party outdoors at 5:30pm throughout July and August. Note: It’s cancelled if there’s rain.
Join “Get off the Road” running enthusiasts for a variety of varying trail runs all over Vancouver. Meet some new pals and get to know Vancouver’s trails while you elevate your fitness.
MEC Clinics, Runs and Cycles
Head to the king of outdoor equipment stores, MEC on West Broadway, for everything from bike maintenance tips to day hikes, group cycles and trail runs. Most events are free, but some do cost so check the website to be sure.
Where will you be getting your free fitness on around Vancouver? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.