If you’re staying put for Memorial Day weekend, head to the Dunes in Columbia Heights on Saturday for the launch of a yoga and brunch series.
The yoga class takes place every Saturday at noon through the summer and is led by yoga instructor Mallory Hemerlein and hostess Lisa Markuson. The class is for all levels, but beginners are especially encouraged to attend; the program aims to foster a community across all “shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds” and to provide a welcoming environment for those new to yoga.
Sunday morning brought drizzle, foggy skies, and a whole bunch of colorful runners to National Harbor for the Color Run, dubbed the happiest 5K on the planet. Approximately 5,000 runners and walkers braved the potential rain to be doused instead with a downpour of yellow, orange, pink, and blue powder for 3.1 miles.
Since being founded a little more than a year ago, in January 2012, the Color Run series has become the single largest running event in the country, involving more than 1 million participants and 100 events in 2013 alone. Participants, from toddlers to grandparents, are drawn to the Color Run’s untimed 5K, which has only two requirements: to wear white and finish splattered in color from head to toe. With even more color-blasting at the finish line, plus free Kind bars, Slurpees, Chipotle, water, and a dance pit, the Color Run feels more like one big party than an actual run.
Clear, sunny skies this morning welcomed the more than 12,000 people who commuted by bicycle in honor of the annual Bike to Work Day, an event that promotes bicycling as a green-friendly commute option—a record number of participants, according to Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Riders could stop at more than 70 pit stops scattered throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia for free breakfast, tea, and coffee. Check out some photos and a video Washingtonian staffers took along our commutes to our office in downtown DC.
Like your workout, that gym bag eventually hits a plateau after months of CrossFit training, early morning yoga classes, and trips to the gym.
As we head into summer, ditch that old duffle for a new tote that includes breathable mesh for your sneakers and plenty of pockets to protect gadgets. A little color or pattern doesn’t hurt, either. Here are ten of our favorite totes, backpacks, and more for every budget.
A record-high 12,000 commuters in Washington have already signed up for Friday’s Bike to Work Day, an annual event that promotes bicycling as a green commute option.
Bikers are welcome to go by any of the 70 pit stops in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for refreshments, entertainment, and prizes. Various elected officials will be at the stops, including Mayor Vincent Gray at Freedom Plaza and DC City Council member Tommy Wells at Mount Vernon Square.
Last week we shared local personal trainers’ favorite arm exercises, from pushups to pullups. This week, trainer Laurent Amzallag has put some of his favorite arm-toning exercises—tricep dips and bicep curls included—into one super-quick strength session. Tack it onto your next workout and feel the burn.
A study published earlier this year found that social media is a powerful weight-loss tool. Researchers found that obese men and women who had a support system through Twitter were more likely to lose weight. While weight loss isn’t everyone’s goal, being fit and healthy is something we can all benefit from. That’s why we love to follow these 14 DC folks on Instagram as they share their passion for fitness, health, and nutrition. We hope they’ll also inspire you to stay fit, eat right, and live smart.
A workout recently published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but we busy Washingtonians may appreciate that it takes just seven minutes, requires barely any equipment, and works the entire body. Now there really are no excuses.
Using high-intensity circuit training, the workout is designed for ultimate fat-burning while performing 12 exercises for 30 seconds each. The fitness trainers who created the workout note that it’s not the best way to gain “absolute” strength, power, or endurance—but if you’re crunched for time, it will serve you well.
Running with a partner is just another form of therapy, a chance to spill your guts to the person next to you while racking up mileage. But when your running partner is your mom, an afternoon jog takes on new significance.
I found that out in 2008, when my stepmother, Michelle, coached me through my first long-distance run. I initially cried through the pain but persevered with her encouragement. After that, we ran together constantly, but the conversation was never about running. Instead, we talked about life: relationships, goals, struggles, and dreams yet to be fulfilled. In short, it was about subjects we’d never broached before, and might never have were it not for the bond we built on the road.
Mother’s Day brunch: good. The extra calories that come with it: not so good. The solution? Fit-friendly Mother’s Day alternatives that’ll let you enjoy a guilt-free brunch after. Hit up your local barre studio together, run a race, or channel your inner oms as one.
Run the Mother’s Day 4-Miler
Potomac River Running hosts the 2013 Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4-Miler on Sunday, May 11, at 8 AM. All runners will receive a T-shirt, and moms will receive a flower, too. $35.