If any of us started a New Year healthy lifestyle, it was surely derailed by the last few weeks of Mardi Gras. We are feeling it, and it doesn’t feel great. Ok, enough whining. Mardi Gras is over, and it’s time for us to get in shape in time for bikini season! Luckily, there are lot of fun fitness events coming up in the city over the next couple of months to make you not dread having to get fit, but actually have fun while doing it!
Youth Run Nola’s 504K
February 24th at Crescent Park
Youth Run Nola’s biggest fundraiser of the year is turning 5, and is going to be bigger than ever! The 5.04 kilometer race through the Marigny and Bywater is such a fun way to kickstart your fitness, all while giving back to the underserved youth in our community. Lace up your shoes and sign up to be a running buddy here! If you can’t make it out this year, consider giving a donation here to help us raise money for these awesome kiddos.
Ruby Slipper’s Fun Run
February 25 at The Ruby Slipper Cafe on 315 S. Broad Street
To celebrate these recent achievements, the restaurant is hosting its friends, family & community to help run off those biscuits while giving back to the community through Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans – a nonprofit with a mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Get fit and indulge a little after running a 5K and ½ mile race; the post-race party will have complimentary Ruby Slipper food, Second Line Brewing beer and mimosas for all race participants (register here).
Power of Love Yoga Jam
March 1st at City of Love
Take your yoga practice to another level at the Power of Love Yoga Jam on March 1st from 5:45 – 7:30PM. There will be a live choir from City of Love jamming and a fun practice with teachers Kimberly Doley, Dana Trixie Flynn, and Mark Berger. They are asking for a $10 offering which will go to Love365, City of Love’s initiative for feeding the homeless, and Project Peaceful Warriors, who provide trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness programming to schools. This is Nola yoga at its finest.
Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K and Half Marathon
March 4th at Poydras and Camp St.
It’s not too late to train for the half ladies, but if that sounds intimidating, you can opt for the 10K or 5K. Cowboy Mouth and The Soul Rebels will be at the finish line, plus all the food and beer you can eat (and not feel guilty about). Learn more and register here, and check out everything you need to know to train for a half marathon here.
The Art of Asana at the Ogden
March 8, 15, 22 and 29th + Bonus Class on April 2nd at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
This four part evening yoga series at The Ogden aims to bring people together to celebrate the body and movement as an art form. Each class will be held in conjunction with Ogden After Hours, the Museum’s weekly entertainment series so you can stick around for music and drinks after! Not to mention, Big Freedia will be serenading the bonus class on April 2nd #hellyas. The classes are free for Museum members/ $7 for non-members per class. Sign up here!
March 18th at the National WWII museum
If you are serious trooper and can wake up the morning after the Irish Channel parade, this is a really fun run. And, if you are still in St. Pattys party mode, opt for the Guinness Challenge – drinking a 4 oz. cup of Guinness at each mile. Check out more info and sign up here.
Crescent City Classic
March 31st at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The classic of New Orleans races (haha – no pun intended), The Crescent City Classic will always be one of our faves. Held the Saturday before Easter Sunday each year, this is a really fun activity to do with visiting family. Register here!
April 7 at City Park
Wanderlust is the triathalon for people who literally cannot do a triathalon. Nationally recognized teachers, leaders and musical talent are coming to City Park to lead a day that starts with a 5K, followed by an outdoor yoga flow and guided meditation. Learn more here.
How else are you getting fit post Mardi Gras babes? Let us know in the comments!