What You Need to Know About Healthy Living in Champaign-Urbana
Thank you to the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon for presenting Healthy Living in the New Year. The race weekend April 24-25 has been canceled due to the guidelines now in place on the University of Illinois campus. Runners already registered for this year’s marathon and accompanying races will have three options. They can either run their race alone — the “virtual” option — or defer their registration to either the 2021 or 2022 race weekends with a 100 percent credit toward one of those future races. Next year’s marathon weekend is currently set for April 29-May 1, with the following year scheduled for April 28-30. Register today at www.illinoismarathon.com and use promo code chambanamoms2020 to receive $5 off any event.
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. We have compiled a list of resources to get you started on your journey to wellness and “your best you.”
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
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.
Champaign Public Library
Where: Champaign Public Library, Green St
What: Free classes happening 12-1pm on Wednesdays. Chair Zumba is offered through the end of February and Tai Chi is offered for March and April.
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.
What: The Fieldhouse, which includes an indoor track, is currently open for walkers and joggers on various days each month. The Fieldhouse is open only to residents of the Mahomet-Seymour school district. Adult Mahomet-Seymour residents are allowed one guest who may reside outside of the district. Students in junior high and younger must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or by another adult. Click here to check updated schedules.
Douglass Park Fitness Trail (OUTDOORS)
Where: Douglass Park, 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
Where: Champaign, University of Illinois campus
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/individual or $5/family or buy a year’s membership for $95/individual (about $8 a month) or $135/family and have access to it every day its open. Three-month and six-month memberships are also available for purchase if you are looking for a shorter duration. More info HERE.
Hatha Yoga and Fitness Free Community Classes
Where: 2109 S. Neil St., Champaign
What: Intro Special — two weeks for $28
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.
Know of other gyms or wellness facilities offering promotions for the upcoming year? Email us and we will verify the information and add it for our readers. Best wishes in your pursuit of health and wellness in the New Year!