July is the New January

July is the New January

Raise your hand if you started 2019 eager to stick to your diet, get in shape, and actually lose some weight. Now, keep them up if you actually did that. I just put my hand down and I’m willing to bet that a few of you did too. We know all the excuses: the gym is too expensive, we don’t have the time, gymtimidation is all too real.

Guess what? It doesn’t have to be like that. Did you know that the Library has all kinds of different fitness classes, and they’re all completely free? That’s right! We offer Nia, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi that literally don’t cost you anything except for the gas in the car that got you to the Library. Best of all, we will only use certified, professional instructors that want to help you become a healthier you.

Nia is a combination of various low-impact exercises. There are elements of Zumba, martial arts, and tai chi. Taught by Helen Holifield, Nia is every Monday at 10:30 AM in the Program Room in the Carnegie Library Center. Helen also teaches Yoga on Mondays at 12 PM in the Program Room in the Carnegie Library Center.

There’s a dance party every Tuesday and Thursday at the Library and it’s Zumba! Taught by Tiffany Fisher. At 6 PM in the Hudson Room, Tiffany leads the best dance party you’ve ever attended. Enough said.

Come destress with Tai Chi. Taught by Bayley Thompson, this class has been described by the Mayo Clinic as “… a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.” Tai Chi is low impact and easy on muscles and joints. Tai Chi classes are each Wednesday from 11-12 AM in the Hudson Room.

July is the new January, and it’s not too late to make your new year resolutions come true. We can help with our free fitness classes at the Library.

Mason WarrenMason Warren is the Public Relations Coordinator at the Shelby County Public Library. He has worked at the Library since 2016. He is a graduate of Martha Layne Collins High School (2018) and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree at the University of Louisville. Mason serves on the Board of Directors at the Shelby County Community Theatre and was a founding member of the charity, Break Through For a Buddy. In his spare time, Mason enjoys photography and spending time with his two dogs, Baxter and Molly.

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