Healthy Living in the New Year in Champaign-Urbana
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It’s hard to escape the talk of New Year’s resolutions related to health, fitness, and weight loss. The truth is any time is a great time to commit to health and wellness goals.
Thankfully, here in Champaign-Urbana, as well as Savoy, Monticello, Rantoul and Mahomet, we are lucky to have plenty of fitness options for every need. And many of them have special offers for the New Year, from free fitness weeks to free passes and more.
Free Fitness Opportunities in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond
Hatha Yoga and Fitness Free Community Classes
Where: 2109 S. Neil Street, Champaign
What: FREE Community Classes are offered the first and third Sunday of most months with a rotating teacher and class style. Come experience something new!
Where: Phillips Recreation Center, Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center or Brookens Gym, depending on class
What: Try any fitness class for FREE! Try out any fitness classes at the Phillips Recreation Center, the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, the Anita Purves Nature Center or Brookens Gym absolutely FREE for this week. Tai Chi and MOVE MS Jump Start classes are not included. Yoga for Every Body will meet at the Phillips Recreation Center for Free Week.
Where: Mahomet Parks and Recreation
What: Join chambanamoms.com’s own Amy Cunningham for this free class on New Year’s Day. POUND is a cardio jam-session inspired by the energizing and sweat dripping fun of playing the drums. This class will also feature an overview of basic POUND movement and modifications for beginners.
Where: Multiple locations in Champaign-Urbana (class-based)
What: See our review. First class is free to try it out.
Pursuit Fitness and Performance Institute
Where: Champaign (inside the new Lodgic Everyday Community)
What: Set up a tour and consultation and get a free fitness assessment and personal training session.
What: Click for a FREE health assessment, consult and 30-minute trial training session.
Where: Kirby Medical Center, Monticello
What: Kirby Medical Center is adding new group fitness classes to its programming. If you are interested in trying one of these classes before joining or would like to put your name on the pre-registration list, please call 217-762-1520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name placed.
Where: Champaign, Monticello, Rantoul, Tuscola locations
What: Click for a free seven-day pass for use anytime.
Where: Champaign location
What: Click for a free day pass for use anytime.
Where: Champaign, Danville locations
What: Click for a 7-day trial pass for use anytime
What: The Fieldhouse, which includes an indoor track, is currently open for walkers and joggers on various days each month. The Fieldhouse is open to all Mahomet residents or those who have children attending the Mahomet-Seymour School District. Click here to check updated schedules.
Douglass Park Fitness Trail (OUTDOORS)
Where: Douglass Park, north Champaign
What: Champaign Park District’s Douglass Park boasts a .6 mile fitness trail with several pieces of outdoor exercise equipment. Try out the ab crunch/leg lift, assisted row/push-up, balance steps, cardio stepper, chest/back press, mobility station, plyometrics, pull-up/dip, squat press, stretching station and Tai Chi wheels — all for free! More info in our Chambana Parks to Know profile.
NOT FREE, BUT CHEAP:
U of I Armory and Track
What: You don’t have to be a University of Illinois student to enjoy this amazing facility. The Armory and Track floor is 62,000 square feet of space. The center of the arch is approximately 95 feet high. The running track is 200 meters long in Lane 1. Pay a daily fee of $3 or buy a year’s membership for $95 (about $8 a month) and have access to it every day it’s open. More info HERE.
Of course there are other local gyms and studios that offer fee-based fitness punch cards or temporary guest passes for various lengths of time, such as the Leonhard Recreation Center, Mettler Center in Champaign or Stephens Family YMCA.
Good luck getting healthy in the New Year!