Resources and Deals for Healthy Living in Champaign-Urbana
It’s hard to escape the talk of New Year’s resolutions related to health, fitness, and weight loss. This is going to be especially true as the calendar page turns from 2020 to 2021. People are eager to update the habits they’ve picked up in 2020 with some new ones and move on to a new and exciting year.
The truth is that any year, 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 overall wellness through mind and body activities.
Thankfully, here in Champaign-Urbana, as well as surrounding communities such 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.
While Illinois is following Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations, it is required that you wear a mask at all times while in a fitness facility. Fitness centers are operating at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. In-person group fitness exercise classes are not happening right now but you may work out on your own in many cases. Reservations are often required to exercise at a fitness facility during COVID-19.
Fitness Opportunities in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond
Where: Located in Southwest Champaign, access free workouts virtually from home
What: In addition to the in-person options offered at the Y, they are providing a great service to the community during COVID-19 by streaming workouts for FREE on Facebook and making them available through YouTube.
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.
What: The first sessions of 2021 will begin virtually, with classes such as boot camp, dance fitness, yoga and more offered.
Where: Champaign and Monticello locations
What: Click for a free seven-day pass for use in seven consecutive days at the same location. Also offering On Demand classes at home right now.
What: Walking track, fitness equipment and more. Open gym and indoor playground are not open during COVID-19. Read more of our thoughts on Leonhard Center here.
Where: Champaign (inside 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: South Neil Street in Champaign
What: Try your first class for free. Reserve online ahead of time.
Where: Champaign location (near Meijer)
What: Meet with a certified Profile coach for free to discuss programming. Schedule it ahead of time here.
Where: Kirby Medical Center, Monticello
What: Try out the one-mile “wellness trail” for an outdoor, safe experience. They also have group fitness classes (just not right now). Call 217-762-1520 or email for info.
What: Follow them on Facebook for any new year promotions they may offer.
Where: South Neil Street, Champaign
What: Intro Special — two weeks for $28
Fitness Opportunities not currently available during COVID-19
Urbana Park District Free Fitness Week
Urbana Park District will not be offering free fitness weeks while Illinois is in tiers 1-4 of the Restore Illinois plan for COVID-19.
Champaign Public Library
The Champaign Public Library typically offers free classes, such as chair yoga and tai chi, but are not running classes at this time due to COVID-19.
Fieldhouse hours have been limited during COVID-19. The Fieldhouse, which includes an indoor track, is typically open for walkers/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.