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A couple of healthy options for the New Year

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

After a month of gluttony, are you thinking about ways to start the New Year with health in mind?

If you’ve packed on a couple of extra pounds of insulation, you may as well put them to use at the Polar Bear Plunge, which takes place at noon Saturday, Jan. 1, at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Afterward, Seattle Parks and Recreation has yet another option: a six-week boot camp available either once or twice a week.

The classes begin at noon Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17, and are taught by a certified boot camp instructor who will cater to each individual’s own level. Boot camp meets at the Green Lake Park outdoor basketball courts or, if the weather is bad, in the gym.

Cost is $60 for the once-weekly option, and $120 if you want to attend classes both Tuesday and Thursday.

And here’s what to expect:

  • Stretching
  • Abdominal and core training
  • Running and walking
  • Stair-climbing
  • Resistance training
  • Agility and endurance drills
  • Partner and team drills

What to bring:

  • Good, supportive running shoes
  • Exercise mat
  • One pair of 3- to 10-pound dumbbells
  • Water
  • Layered clothing for the outdoors 

For more information, contact Antoinette Daniel, citywide athletics recreation program coordinator, at 206-684-7092 or email

And don’t forget, a new 24 Hour Fitness has opened just in time for the New Year’s rush across the street from Northgate Mall at the corner of Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue Northeast. So, what’s your New Year’s resolution?

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