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Monday, September 21, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Walk it like you talk it

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 4:38 PM

A krewe of running Elvi at the 2014 Tipitina's Foundation Rhythm & Blues Run. - JEFF STROUT/TIPITINA'S FOUNDATION
  • JEFF STROUT/TIPITINA'S FOUNDATION
  • A krewe of running Elvi at the 2014 Tipitina's Foundation Rhythm & Blues Run.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Pull out that Bjork costume and prepare your best Ernie K-Doe impression for Saturday's Tipitina’s Foundation Rhythm & Blues Run, or head to the smooth roads (what are those?) of the Northshore for the Crescent City Cyclists century ride.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Dojo mojo

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 5:53 PM

click image Aikido practitioners demonstrate ude garami, a defensive wrist lock technique. - YOSEIKAN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • YOSEIKAN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Aikido practitioners demonstrate ude garami, a defensive wrist lock technique.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. This Saturday, explore the Japanese martial art of aikido at a free open house. Budding triathletes can compete in CASA Jefferson’s youth triathlon, which offers abbreviated courses for competitors as young as 7. Plus: free yoga, a poolside happy hour workout and more.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Running back-to-school

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

The Saints Kickoff Run gets underway Saturday morning. - LUCAS BARAIOS
  • LUCAS BARAIOS
  • The Saints Kickoff Run gets underway Saturday morning.


Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. You don’t need to be elite athlete to get onto the Superdome field this weekend – you’ll feel like a champion when you cross the 50-yard line in the 5K Saints Kickoff Run.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: I’m thrilled

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 6:18 PM

click image FACEBOOK/FLASHMOB NEW ORLEANS
  • FACEBOOK/FLASHMOB NEW ORLEANS

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you a curated list of opportunities to drink at yoga class. Break out those $200 leggings and make it count! The 24-karat health halo is optional, but suggested.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist, K10 edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM

click image Guitar guy calls this pose "the Freddie Mercury." - FACEBOOK/K10 ON THE LEVEE
  • FACEBOOK/K10 ON THE LEVEE
  • Guitar guy calls this pose "the Freddie Mercury."

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Giving back is supposed to feel good, but it feels even better with a yoga class, a road race and a bouldering session in the deal. Next week's 10 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has a few options for charity fitness events.

Plus: a new class at oddly named yoga studio “NOLA Brewing," Gentilly gets a spinning studio and the eternal pre-workout coffee conundrum.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Guest column: New Orleans can't wait for the new VA hospital

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

A rendering of the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System medical center in New Orleans. Originally scheduled to open in December 2014, the date has been pushed back two years. - COURTESY U.S. OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
  • COURTESY U.S. OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
  • A rendering of the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System medical center in New Orleans. Originally scheduled to open in December 2014, the date has been pushed back two years.

A few months ago, The Associated Press took a hard look at New Orleans’ Veterans Affairs facility. What the news organization discovered was sobering for a city that won a war by developing the Higgins boat. Need an appointment for non-emergency care? You could be waiting a month. Need a hip replacement? You might be driving to Houston.

It’s been 10 years since the floodwaters triggered by Hurricane Katrina gushed into New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Crescent City’s veterans currently receive their health care at locations scattered across town.

A hospital capable of serving 70,000 veterans is under construction next door to the newly opened University Medical Center. The new VA medical center was supposed to open in December 2014. The new opening date is December 2016. I can tell you this: It can’t open fast enough.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Hot boxing

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 6:17 PM

A skateboarder cruises the new Lafitte Greenway outside Bayou Bicycles in Mid-City. - ANNA GACA
  • ANNA GACA
  • A skateboarder cruises the new Lafitte Greenway outside Bayou Bicycles in Mid-City.


Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Here’s one of the best things about this town: no sweat judgement. New Orleanians do not laugh and point at the guy with wet pits and a basketball-sized damp patch on the back of his shirt. There but for the grace of A/C go we.

What do these week’s events have in common, you ask? No air conditioning. There will be sweat:

- The Lafitte Greenway bike and pedestrian path is nearly complete, Mid-City Messenger reports. An organization called FitLot plans to install a community fitness park – like an outdoor playground for adults – near the Greenway and the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center.

- Need a break from your paleo diet? The Northshore’s CrossFit 1606 hosts a community workout, brewery tour and beer tasting at Gnarly Barley Brewing (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) tomorrow (Aug. 15). Bring water, a jump rope and $5. The first 75 attendees get a free T-shirt to replace the one they just sweat through.

- Oak Street Yoga hosts yoga in the courtyard at Phillips Bar & Restaurant (733 Cherokee St., 504-865-1155; www.phillipsbar.com) at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 18). Five bucks buys you admission, watermelon salad and an aqua fresca, assuming that yoga on the ground at a college bar isn’t any kind of turn-off for you.

- New Orleans Track Club holds a late-summer edition of its All-Comers Cross Country Meet on Wednesday (Aug. 19) at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie; www.lafrenierepark.org). Everyone is welcome to run or walk the grass course with a $5 entry fee.

- Hooping instructor Julie Merritt of JulieHooping begins a new season of hoop dance classes on Thursday (Aug. 20) at the Canal Boulevard Baptist Deaf Church (5320 Canal Blvd.; www.neworleansdeafchurch.org) It costs $15 per class, or $60 for six sessions. Save $10 when you sign up with a friend, and earn it all back after you both run away to join the circus.

Whew.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist drinks up: fitness activities this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Fitness, New Orleans style: Red Dress runners in 2008.
  • Fitness, New Orleans style: Red Dress runners in 2008.

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Look: that water bottle full of vodka you’ve been bringing to the gym is weird and sad. Drinking while you work out requires friends, actual hydration and possibly a red dress.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist is on a boat: Fitness activities this week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:48 PM

An architectural rendering/promotional image of a future building called The Beacon in the South Market District, where a new fitness studio will be located.
  • An architectural rendering/promotional image of a future building called The Beacon in the South Market District, where a new fitness studio will be located.


Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. We can’t all afford a yacht and a jet ski, but you can afford to hit the water with free canoeing in New Orleans East and $5 kayaking on the Northshore. Plus: a flash mob on Frenchmen Street and two new destinations for health and fitness aficionados.

Did you know: July 25 is National Dance Day. Celebrate at the New Orleans National Dance Day Celebration Flash Mob on Saturday (July 25) at the Old U.S. Mint. (400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993). Flash mob instructions are provided at 10:30 a.m. and a second line begins at noon. Afterward, local dance studios hold free demo classes until 4 p.m. (After that, it’s time to start preparing for National Bagelfest Day on July 26. Yum.)

In addition to music and arts programming, the recently opened New Orleans Jazz Market holds several free weekly fitness classes. Last week’s offerings included happy hour yoga, family-friendly acro yoga and tai chi. Check www.phnojm.org/events for the schedule.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist goes Fourth: fitness activities in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:18 PM

click image Runners are showered with glow-in-the-dark paint at the Blacklight Run, which holds an event in Metairie next week. - BLACKLIGHT RUN, VIA FACEBOOK
  • BLACKLIGHT RUN, VIA FACEBOOK
  • Runners are showered with glow-in-the-dark paint at the Blacklight Run, which holds an event in Metairie next week.

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy.

This week: how to squeeze in a workout before and after the barbecue.

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