Museums, Churches, Bars and 5 More Offbeat Workout Spaces

No matter how much you love your local gym, sometimes a change of scenery is both nice and motivating. You may even feel inspired to exercise for longer and harder in a new setting, especially if it has a cool backstory, like these eight out-of-the-box, very non-traditional places to break a sweat across the U.S.


Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

What: Contemporary dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company teamed up with and writer/illustrator Maira Kalman to create an exercise experience called the Museum Workout at the world-famous Met, which houses 5,000-plus years of iconic art. Wearing sequined dresses and tennis shoes, Barnes and dance partner Anna Bass take an intimate group of participants on a physical and interactive journey through the 137-year-old establishment located in Central Park. The 45-minute dance-cardio workout moves to the soundtrack of Kalman’s voice blended with disco and Motown hits.

When: Available on select Thursdays, January through March, at 8:30 a.m. before the museum opens to the public. The $ 35 tickets, which include admission to the museum for the rest of the day, are sold out for now, but check the website to see if they extend this popular program into the spring.


Where: Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

What: Vibrant yoga mats fill the aisles, alter and indoor labyrinth at this historically progressive Episcopal church — the country’s third-largest — in the heart of the city. Led by hatha flow and restorative yoga instructor Darren Main, the weekly practice begins with a brief reflection from a clergyman and is accompanied by live music. Hundreds of locals and travelers of all ages and abilities attend each week.

When: Every Tuesdays from 6:15–7:30 p.m., except in December. Class is free, but a $ 10–$ 20 donation is suggested. See the website for details.


Where: Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver

What: This 23-year-old brewery is as serious about its craft brews as it is about keeping its community hoppy, er, happy. Which is why since 2013 it has invited CorePower Yoga to host a free weekly class in its production facility on Brighton Boulevard. With a live DJ spinning in the background, a yoga instructor leads all levels in a highly physical, hourlong flow (prepare to sweat) to help students earn their booze after class at the brewery’s Barrel Bar.

When: The first Wednesday of every month. Starts at 6 p.m. sharp, so arrive early. Click here for more info.


Where: The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas

What: Take your practice to new heights on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel standing at 550 feet above the Strip at the LINQ Promenade. The ferris wheel, which debuted last spring, features 28 glass-enclosed spherical cabins that hold up to 40 people. During a 60-minute session in one of these cabins, a certified yoga instructor from Silent Savasana will guide up to six students through a sequence as the wheel completes two rotations (30 minutes each). Each participant wears a cool LED headset to hear the instructor’s voice, which is accompanied by a tranquil playlist.

When: Classes are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Cost is $ 75 per person for a small group class; the ride alone starts at $ 28. Call 702-322-0593, or email at least 24 hours in advance.


Where: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida

What: Bend your body and your mind at the Dali Museum, featuring the legendary artist, Salvador Dali’s, celebrated works, which includes more than 2,000 pieces from his entire career. An instructor from Lucky Cat Yoga teaches vinyasa and meditation to all levels in either in the Raymond James Community Room or outside in the Avant-garden (both offer stunning views of Tampa Bay). Each session captures Dali’s electric physical, mental and spiritual energy, which you can pour into your own practice.

When: Every Sunday morning from 10:30–11:45 a.m. throughout the year. Costs $ 10 members and students or $ 15 non-members. Click here for more info.


Where: The Refectory at The High Line Hotel in Manhattan

What: Rumor has it, the historic Refectory is one of the most beautiful rooms in all of NYC. When you stop by the sacred 3,300-plus square foot space — it was once part of the General Theological Seminary built in 1895 — you can easily see why. Count your blessings on the mat as part of The High Line Hotel’s free, three-part yoga series, which was offered here last fall to all — hotel guests, locals and travelers alike. The series was such a hit, it will likely return this summer.

When: Dates vary, so send an email to be notified of upcoming classes.


Where: Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami

What: Come for the yoga, then say “namaste and have a pint” at the two-year-old Concrete Beach Brewery, which has partnered with Love Life Wellness Center to offer beginner-friendly yoga classes within the heart of the Wynwood Art District. Pints are $ 4 for participants and stay that low for the rest of the night.

When: The second Wednesday of every month. The free class takes place from 7 p.m.–8 p.m.


Where: Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas

What: Usually, people gather to watch these highly intelligent sea creatures perform cool tricks for their entertainment. The Mirage, however, flips the script, inviting humans to put on a show for these sweet swimmers. Sign up for a soothing one-hour morning yoga class, which takes place right in front of the underwater viewing area where curious bottlenose dolphins can voyeuristically watch you attempt new poses.

When: Available Friday through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for $ 50 per person, which includes a post-class smoothie and full access to the spa facility for the day. To book a session, call 702-791-7472. Click here for more info.


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20 More Non-Scale Victories by MyFitnessPal Users

Simply: We are proud of you. MyFitnessPal users are about making lasting changes that lead to healthier lives. If you’re here to lose weight, eat better or get moving, we’re impressed by your commitment. And every little bit counts. We already got a good taste of your accomplishments earlier in 2017, but we wanted to share more! Here are 20 of our favorite responses you gave us on the MyFitnessPal Facebook page. Read on for more inspiration…

1. Less of you, but more of you to love.

2. You vs. the Year!

3. Those boots are made for walking.

4. Success is rarely a straight line — great work.

5. Way to maintain focus (and the pizza will always be there).

6. Redefining sweet!

7. And you’ve got the sore abs to prove it.

8. Three Victories for the price of one!

9. Picture-perfect. Nice work!

10. Hoosier happiness!

11. Sometimes, it’s all about beating the denim.

12. She might save your life some day, folks.

13. Damon 1, Doughnuts 0.

14. Victory starts with you.

15. Adios, sugar!

16. The classic challenge: self-control on the buffet line.

17. Brings new meaning to “four on the floor.”

18. We love spaghetti squash, too!

19. That is some commute…

20. Keep reading!

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8 More of Our Favorite Snack Foods for the Big Game

The Big Game is nearly here, and that means a Super Snackdown — it’s the biggest junk food day of the year. Thankfully, it’s easy to lighten up your halftime snacks. If you couldn’t get enough of our 15 Favorite Game Day Foods, here are eight more lightened-up snack foods to kick off this Super Sunday.


Buffalo wings are a hit at parties, and now you can enjoy them with less calories and fat. Baking allows the chicken wings to crisp up in their own fat — no vat of hot oil necessary! Our version also comes with a side of lightened-up blue cheese dip made with Greek yogurt. Recipe makes servings 6 at 3 chicken wings + 1 tablespoon dip + 2 celery sticks + 3 carrot sticks each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 278; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 116mg; Sodium: 296mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 32g


Try baking semihomemade pizza for game day using this recipe by Cooking Light. The sweet, tangy, spicy barbecue topping comes together in a snap with the help of supermarket rotisserie chicken. Don’t feel restricted by the recipe — pizza is a versatile dish so feel free to swap in some of your favorite toppings. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 slices each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 408; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 29mg; Sodium: 803mg; Carbohydrate: 58g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 18g


With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up these delectable sweet potato puffs packed with cheesy jalapeño flavor. Courtesy of the Lean Green Bean, this recipe transforms mashed sweet potatoes into a tasty snack or appetizer. Make a batch to freeze ahead of time so you can reheat when hunger hits at halftime. Recipe makes 6 servings at 3 puffs each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 170; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 354mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 10g


Got 10 minutes? Whip up these sweet and spicy chicken meatballs by Fit Foodie Finds for an unbelievably easy appetizer or meaty side. If you’re preparing these bad boys for a party, serve the sauce on the side — your guests who shy away from spice will thank you! Recipe makes 10 servings at 2 meatballs each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 104; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 395mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 12g


Get your guests excited for greens for gameday (or any day) with this veggie-filled dish from Healthy Nibble and Bits. — Even the most vegetable-averse eaters would venture a taste of these cheesy broccoli tots. Each morsel bursts with bold cheddar cheese, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Recipe makes 8 servings at 4 tots + 1/4 cup dipping sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 271; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 97mg; Sodium: 496mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 18g


Trying to eat healthy at a party, but your friends aren’t on the same plate? Surprise them with how easy it is at your next potluck by bringing over Eat Spin Run Repeat’s simple seven-layer taco dip. No heat is required, and flavorful fresh ingredients are brought to life with lime, garlic and spices in only 20 minutes. Recipe makes 16 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 116; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 124mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 5g


Spicy, tangy Buffalo cauliflower served with a creamy buttermilk-herb dip — everyone will be raving about these addictive party bites at your next get-together. Want more to love? These are a lightened-up alternative to traditional Buffalo wings, which can add up to 600 calories in a single serving! Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 cup florets plus 1 tablespoon dipping sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 129; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 195mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 7g


Looking for a healthier alternative to satis-fry a french fry craving? Check out The Wheatless Kitchen’s recipe for baked parsnip fries. By subbing in parsnips for potatoes, you’ll cut half the carbohydrates in half while getting in additional fiber. Prep is a breeze since the recipe uses only four ingredients! Recipe 2 makes servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 237; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 314mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 3g

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Ways to Amp Up Your Walking to Lose Weight, Tone, De-Stress and More

A walking workout seems simple enough: Lace up your shoes, and put one foot in front of the other — easy.

While it can be that simple, achieving specific goals like losing weight, taming stress, training for a 10K or toning muscle require a more specialized approach to your walking workout. Here are some ways to tailor your training depending on which goals you’re hoping to achieve.


Walking might even be better for weight loss than more vigorous activities like running, according to research published in the journal Risk Analysis. The study found that those who went for a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes five times a week had lower body mass indexes and smaller waists than those who participated in other fitness activities.

If your goal is to slim down, Malin Svensson, a Los Angeles-based walking expert and founder of Nordic Body, recommends walking a shorter distance at higher intensity. “Increasing the intensity burns more calories,” she says.

To torch additional calories, Svensson suggests incorporating intervals into your walk by walking as fast as possible for 60 seconds and returning to a normal pace for 30 seconds. Do this 10 times to make up the entire 30-minute walk.


When it comes to stress busters, nothing beats a long, leisurely stroll.

Start destressing with a warmup: Slow, gentle stretching not only helps avoid injuries, says Dr. James Rippe, a cardiologist and author of “The Complete Book of Fitness Walking.” “It’s a good time to get in tune with the fact that you’re about to do something good for your body and mind,” he says.

Aim for a pace of 3–4 miles per hour (15–20-minute miles) for at least 60 minutes. Instead of zoning out on the treadmill, get outside. In 2015 research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that a 90-minute walk in nature had lower levels of repetitive negative thoughts.

At the end of the walk, Rippe suggests closing your eyes and asking, “How do I feel?” as a means of appreciating the impact of movement on mood.


It should come as no surprise that training for a 10K requires a workout that prioritizes distance over speed.

For beginners, training for a 10K will take at least eight weeks. Start slow. The goal is to finish the course, not break a speed record. “Walk at a pace you enjoy,” advises Rippe.

Plan to walk at least five days per week. The amount of time you walk — and the distance you cover — will increase each week. Aim for 15 minutes the first week, adding five minutes per week on four walks. During the fifth weekly walk, aim to double your walking time. For example: On week three, go for four 25-minute walks and one 50-minute walk. In the week leading up to the race, plan one 10K walk as a final training walk.

“You get multiple benefits simultaneously: aerobic benefits, bone building benefits and psychological benefits,” Rippe says about long walks.


No amount of walking will give you rock-hard abs or chiseled biceps, but heading for the hills (instead of walking on flat ground) forces your legs, glutes and core to work harder. “Walking can help you build muscular endurance,” says Svensson.

The steeper the grade, the more muscle activation required, according to research published in the journal Gait and Posture. The research also found that faster walking speeds on uphill grades require the most thigh muscle activation.

Set the incline on the treadmill or find a hilly route for a walking workout that tones your muscles. Svensson also recommends walking with poles. “It increases your muscular endurance by engaging your upper body,” she explains. Research agrees. A study published in PLOS One found significant increases in muscle involvement among Nordic walkers.

The next time you head out for a walk, think about your goals and tailor your standard stroll to improve your walking results.

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