26 Healthy Things to Do This Week

You'll break a sweat with hip hop yoga, cross training, and a festive 5K.


Monday, December 5

Om for the Holidays: Get in the holiday spirit with instructor Cara Gilman. She’ll first lead you on a five-mile jaunt around Boston’s most festive areas, then teach a yoga class and host a potluck.

$20, 6 p.m. Ruggles Baptist Church, 874 Beacon St., Boston, movewith.com.

Tuesday, December 6

Hip Hop Yoga: Stop by the AT&T store to sculpt your whole body at this free Swet Studio-hosted yoga event. Plus, you’ll get a 25 percent discount on AT&T accessories.

Free, 5:30 p.m. AT&T Flagship Store, 699 Boylston St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Workshop: In this workshop, join Desiree Pais to strengthen your nervous system and activate your inner power.

$30, 6:30 p.m. Vega Vitalitiy, 551 Boylston St., 4th Floor, Boston, vegavitality.com.

Wednesday, December 7

Hump Day HIIT: Calling all college students. Enjoy a free HIIT workout at the Janji pop-up store, then stay for free food. Sorry, students and recent graduates only.

Free, 5:30 p.m. Janji, 328 Newbury St., Boston, movewith.com.

Cross Training for Runners: In the first of a month-long series, go for a run, then get your butt kicked with a cross-training workout. Take that, holiday treats.

Free, Wednesdays in December, 7 p.m. Reebok Boston, 135 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Kick It

A Kick It by Eliza class/Photo by Lucie Wicker

Thursday, December 8

Intro to Tai Chi: Relieve stress and learn a new skill at this introductory, free tai chi class.

Free, 6 p.m. Body Mind Systems, 1739 Centre St., West Roxbury, eventbrite.com

Kick It Holiday Party: Get ready to celebrate, Kick It Crew. After a fashion show of Kick It by Eliza and New Balance gear, stay for massages, refreshments, and a dance party.

$10, 7:30 p.m. 267 Western Ave., Allston, movewith.com.

Friday, December 9

Power & Grace: This mix of meditation, massage, and aromatherapy will ignite your senses and get you ready for the weekend.

$25, 6 p.m. Studio on 6, 1097b State Road, Westport, eventbrite.com

Fitbit Local

A Fitbit Local class/Photo provided

Saturday, December 10

Buti Yoga at Athleta: Try this blend of power yoga, tribal dance, conditioning, and core work at Athleta. Even better? It’s free.

Free, 8:30 a.m. Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston, movewith.com.

Jingle Bell Run: Run two or three miles at this 2nd annual fun run. Raise money for charity, donate to a toy drive for Dedham Youth Commission, and contribute to a collection for soldiers stationed overseas.

$15+, 9 a.m. Mother Brook Community Arts Center, 123 High St., Dedham, eventbrite.com.

Yoga at Trillium: Enjoy vinyasa flow at Trillium brewing, then relax with a beer and chat with other yogis.

$25, 9:15 a.m. Trillium Brewing, 110 Shawmut Road, Canton, eventbrite.com.

Namaste and Noms: After an hour of Ashtanga-inspired yoga, enjoy a hot (coffee) or cold (beer) brew.

$20, 9:30 a.m. Lamplighter & Longfellows, 284 Broadway, Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

FitBit Local: At this month’s FitBit Local, you’ll walk or run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir while dressed in festive attire. As a bonus, if you snap a pic doing your favorite yoga pose, you could win prizes.

Free, 11 a.m. Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston, eventbrite.com.

Brunch Fit: Start your morning with a Tabata class at Equinox, then move over to Warehouse Bar and Grille for a post-sweat brunch.

$39, 11 a.m. Equinox, 225 Franklin St., Boston, movewith.com.

Yoga, Grilled Cheese, and Beer: Life’s all about balance, right? A ticket to this event covers yoga, a grilled cheese, and two five-ounce pours.

$25, 12 p.m. Black Hat Brew Works, 25 Scotland Blvd., #1, Bridgewater, eventbrite.com.

Barre and Blooms: After a workout at the barre, master flower arrangements with Alice’s Table. How’s that for a lovely Saturday?

$80, 12:30 p.m. Xtend Barre, 338 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Bala Workout: Mix up your practice with this low-impact, high-intensity, core-strengthening yoga experience.

$45, 1 p.m. YogaWorks, 364 Boylston St., Boston, yogaworks.com.

Stress Reduction Workshop: At this hypnotist-led stress-reduction workshop, you’ll learn everyday tools you can use to lower stress and anxiety. Add this to your holiday to-do list.

$54, 1 p.m. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, bcae.org.

Holidaze De-Stress: Loosen your muscles and relieve pain and stress before the tension of the holidays comes to a head. You’ll use therapy balls to bust stress and soothe the body. Email Jay Priestly at wjp1074@aol.com to register.

$40, 1 p.m. Beacon Hill Athletic Club, 85 Atlantic Ave., yogatuneup.com.

Eat Your Yoga: At this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply the principles of yoga—mindfulness and awareness—to your diet. The session will be led by an Ayurvedic practitioner, and you’ll leave with shopping lists, meal plans, and wisdom that support both your diet and your yoga practice.

$45, 4 p.m. YogaWorks, 364 Boylston St., Boston, yogaworks.com.

Jingle Ride/ Photo by Brogan Graham

Jingle Ride/ Photo by Brogan Graham

Sunday, December 11 

5K Yulefest: Good tidings to all, and to all a good post-race block party. Registration includes food, beer, and a knit hat.

$45, 9:30 a.m. Harvard Square, 41 Church St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Lift Weights, Get Lean: Lifting won’t make you bulky. In fact, if you do it right, it’ll help you slim down. Let health coach Jennifer Hanway show you how it’s done.

$28, 9:30 a.m. BFX Studio, 699 Boylston St., Boston, movewith.com.

Primal Play: If you love using movement and body weight in a creative way, and you’re looking for a new, fun, intense workout, try this workshop. Minimalist or barefoot training shoes preferred, but not required.

$30, 10:30 a.m. MIT Building 36, 50 Vassar St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com

Ciclismo Jingle Ride: Oh, what fun it is to ride in this 22-mile trek that markets itself as a parade, not a race. Pedal, carol, and bring cheer to all.

Free, 10:30 a.m. Kickstand Cafe, 594 Mass. Ave., Arlington, eventbrite.com.

Yoga in a Post-Election Climate: In a tense post-election season, unwinding is just what the doctor ordered. This yoga session is for people of color and allies, and is meant to establish clarity, compassion, and peace of mind.

Suggested donation, 1:15 p.m. Down Under School of Yoga, 1054 Beacon St., Brookline, downunderyoga.com.

Yoga for Runners: Maybe you’re a sprinter, or maybe you’re training for the marathon. Either way, yoga helps loosen your muscles, which can make for a better run.

$40, 3 p.m. YogaWorks, 364 Boylston St., Boston, yogaworks.com.