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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

click to enlarge 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 for the schedule.

HigherPower (514 City Park Ave., 504-302-7497), the combination indoor cycling gym and yoga studio in Mid-City, announced plans for a second location in the CBD’s South Market District development. The new studio is set to open in early 2016 and will be located in a building called The Beacon. To celebrate, HigherPower offers discounts on select class packages and passes July 28-29.

David Woodard of Massey’s Professional Outfitters leads kayak trips down Bayou Castine at Mandevillle’s Northlake Nature Center on August 1. Gear is provided, and there are four start times: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Older children are welcome; kayakers must weigh at least 50 pounds and anyone under age 13 must reserve a tandem kayak with an adult. It’s a bargain at $5 per person for non-members. Call (985) 626-1238 or email to reserve.

Canoeing more your speed? NORDC offers open canoeing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through August 15 in the lagoon at Joe W. Brown Park (6501 Read Blvd., (504) 658-3052). Newbies can ask a staff member to accompany them. It’s free!

New Orleans Track Club hosts the final All-Comers Track Meet of the season at St. Martin’s Episcopal School (225 Green Acres Road, Metairie) at 7 p.m. August 1. Anyone of any age can compete for free and there’s water and Gatorade.

Also on Saturday (August 1): Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center (3900 Gen. Taylor St.) celebrates its official ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Once it’s up and running, the center will provide counseling and holistic wellness services as well as space for dance, yoga and fitness classes.

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