Exercise & Fitness

5 Ways to Stay Fit This January

If you’re one of the many who resolved to work out more in 2016, it’s your lucky day—or should we say month?

January boasts plenty of ways to kick-start your fitness regimen.

Say namaste to Pop-Up Yoga KC Jan. 10. Unlike past classes conducted outdoors, this one will is happening in the cozy confines of Union Station. The all-levels donation session (a contribution of $5-15 is suggested) begins at noon in the north lobby. Bring your own mat and stick around to explore Science City or grab a bite.

Coffee is the focus at Jan. 16′s Battle of the Bean 5K Run/Walk, where racers compete for team cocoa or team coffee. You’ll likely need a cup before the 8 a.m. start time at Foo’s Frozen Custard in Brookside. Afterward, warm up with a cup of either featured beverage from The Roasterie.

Did mastering the aerial techniques we mentioned in our roundup of fun fitness opportunities in KC catch your attention? Leawood’s Lucia Aerial Performing Arts welcomes newbies to give it a go during its free Intro to Aerial. Classes are 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Advanced registration isn’t required, but bringing friends is encouraged.

Lace up your sneakers, but leave your coat behind; since 1982, the Children’s TLC Groundhog Run 5K and 10K race has been held underground. No wonder it attracts some 4,000 runners from around the country, and for a good cause: So far the event has raised more than $4.5 million for Children’s TLC’s programs that provide educational and therapeutic services to special needs children in Kansas City. This year’s Jan. 24 event kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis.

For those looking to make a dramatic shift, City Gym’s REAL 45 runs Jan. 15-Feb. 29. The comprehensive lifestyle program includes assessments, a comprehensive food and program guide, two group workouts and one personal training session per week and more to help participants incorporate changes into their daily lives. Learn more about the program, open to members and non-members, during an orientation session at the gym Jan. 9.