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The Family That Gets Fit Together…

If one of your resolutions in 2020 involves getting healthy, losing weight, or exercising more, one of the barriers might be finding time to make it to the gym.

You either need to leave the kids at home with a spouse or sitter, or bring them along to the day care. But, if neither of those options suits you or your schedule, why not consider exercising with them! 

It’s great to get kids involved in exercising early, as it helps them develop healthy habits they can keep for life. Plus, it helps them burn off that wild, little-kid energy!
Here are a few spots in the Annapolis area that offer ways to get the family moving together—or at least moving under the same roof. Other ideas include checking in with your local yoga studio, joining a running club like Girls on the Run or Hero boys.

“Pip” Moyer Recreation Center at Truxtun Park
Starting at age 14, kids can go to the fitness center with their parents as long after an orientation. Youth 16 and older can take fitness classes with their parents. There is also an indoor track for family runs, three courts for basketball and a rock-climbing wall. The Kidz Zone is available to kids ages 4 months to 12 years, and the Ballocity indoor playground gets kids moving. There is also a host of classes just for kids.

Easton Family YMCA
Kids ages 11 to 15 can complete a Teen Fitness Clearance Pass course to use the circuit weight and cardio equipment in the gym. There is a Kids Bootcamp class that runs at the same time as the adult Bootcamp on Saturday mornings and allows kids to get in shape with their peers while parents work out. Teens can start taking most strength and cardio classes with their parents at age 16, but they can take Zumba starting at age 12.

Heat Cardio Club
Severna Park
Heat Cardio Club is committed to providing a fun, energetic and safe environment for clients to exercise and reach their fitness goals. All classes are formatted to fit every fitness level. Whether it is your first class or you are a long standing member, they will make sure you are challenged within your comfort level. Unless they specifically hold a kids class or event, the minimum age to attend a fitness class will be 13.

Sport Fit Bowie
Kids can start taking classes alongside parents when they are 13. In the meantime, Sport Fit offers a full schedule of fitness classes designed especially for children ages 18 months to 12 years at the same time as the Adult Fitness classes. Family Spin is offered for parents and their kids to work out together in the Cycle Studio, and there are daily family swim times in the therapy pool.

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Arnold, Ellicott City, Pasadena
Children younger than 16 can use the weight room and cardio if they have taken the teen strength training class. This allows parents and children the opportunity to work out together. Both Arnold and Ellicott City Y’s have a climbing wall that families can enjoy together. Depending on the class, youth can start attending with their parents at age 15. There are also a host of classes for kids.

All of the indoor climbing walls are individually themed at ClimbZone, where you and your children can climb to the top of Jack’s giant beanstalk, negotiate an enormous spider web, reach for the stars aboard the giant space rocket, rise to the top of the Empire State Building, scale the ancient bones of a T-Rex, or look each of the Presidents on Mt. Rushmore in the eye.

Columbia, Severna Park
Zumbini is an early childhood development program focused on movement & music for children ages 0 to 4 years, to attend with their caregivers. Created by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning and fun!

Fit4Mom Annapolis
FIT4MOM is a nationwide leader of pre- and postnatal fitness. Offering a variety of classes, with and without children, that are appropriate for all fitness levels and all stages of motherhood. They also offer community through their fitness classes, free weekly playgroups, and monthly mom’s night out.

Imagine Yoga & Wellness Center
Sundays weekly. Children learn to manage stress in a healthy way. This class combines yoga, art, meditation, and singing. Karma Yoga for adults takes place across the hall.

If you watch TV shows like “American Ninja Warrior” and want a chance to prove your strength on a similar course, you’re in luck.
At NinjaBe, you can become more fit and mentally focused on a real Ninja Warrior obstacle course. You can do it alone or experience with family or friends. Participation at NinjaBe ranges from 5 to 99 years old.

Zava Zone
This multi-attraction indoor experience allows families to spend time together, have fun and get in shape while doing it. Attractions include a ninja warrior training course, giant slide, parkour course, stunt jump, trampoline dodgeball, high ropes, and so much more!

Crofton Yoga
You and your kids can benefit from relaxing, strength-building and mindful yoga practice. Crofton Yoga offers a wide variety of classes for adults and children, including a Mommy and Me class for moms with tots ages 2 to 5; Kids Yoga for ages 3 to 8; Mindful kids, an hour-long class for elementary school kids; Tween Yoga for ages 9 to 12.


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