A lot of people tell me they hate exercise. They think it’s boring, they don’t know what to do or they’re afraid they’ll feel embarrassed.
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What they need is an exercise buffet, where they could sample activities without having to join a club, commit to a set number of sessions or feel like strangers are staring at them.
The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) must agree, because they have designed a community event that is essentially an exercise smorgasbord. It’s called the Community Fit-Blast and A Better Me Celebration, held Saturday May 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street in Austin.
Attendees will have the chance to try abbreviated classes in Zumba, line dancing and cardio fusion, which is kickboxing paired with pilates. There will also be three styles of agility drills led by a world champion boxer, a former NFL player and a body building champion. Don’t be intimidated by their physiques, even they were beginners at one time. Besides, it will be a good opportunity to see what your future body will look like.
Exercises and drills are geared to multiple fitness levels and ages. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear and be prepared to have fun. You can register for specific stations on eventbrite, but you are also welcome to drop in the day of the event.
This will also be a recognition event for participants of the A Better Mewellness program, which works with individuals who want to make lifestyle changes in the areas of fitness and nutrition. Its primary objective is to promote habits that will better manage or reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes that disproportionately impact African Americans.
The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005. Their mission is to empower African Americans living in the Central Texas counties to improve their health status through outreach, advocacy and education. For more information go to the organizations Facebook page.