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11 Healthy Things To Do Around Boston This Week

A Cinco de Mayo fun run, a self-defense workshop, and more.


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Marine Corps Honor Run 2017 / Photo provided by Boston Marine Corps Honor Run Team Management

Monday, April 30

Endurance Workshop: Join elite cycling coach Sebastian Weber for a free 90-minute workshop on nutrition, proper recovery patterns, how to build endurance, and more.

Free, 6-7:30 p.m., Landry’s Bicycles, 1048 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Self-Defense for Runners: Learn how to keep yourself safe on late-night runs through the city with this self-defense class taught by Julie Morrill, a certified instructor, who has taught self-defense classes all over the world. The workshop will be hands-on, and include a scenario discussion and an introduction to basic self-defense techniques.

Free, 6-7:30 p.m., Boston Marathon Adidas RunBase, 855 Bolyston St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 1

Yoga Concert Class: If you’ve taken a yoga class before, there’s a chance you might’ve practiced along with some music—but have you ever practiced alongside a live musical performance? Join Mission Hill Yoga for a 75-minute, slow-flow yoga class while listening to music preformed live from GIRISH,  a jazz and sacred musical artist.

$30, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Mission Hill Yoga, 1467 Tremont St., Boston, missionhillyoga.com.

Wednesday, May 2

PUBLIC BODY Workout Party: Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this free outdoor workout class. The class will begin with cardio drills, then go through a strength and conditioning circuit, and end with a private party hosted by Boston Chops. The class is free, but drinks at the party are not (sorry).

Free, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Heartbreak Hill Running Company, 652 Tremont St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Flamenco Workshop: If you’ve always wanted to learn the basics of flamenco dancing, this three-day workshop is for you. Originally from Madrid, award-winning flamenco dancer and choreographer Jesus Carmona will be teaching both basic and intermediate flamenco dancing skills. Drop in on one class or stay for the entire workshop.

$40 per class, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. beginner classes, 8:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. intermediate/advanced classes, Boston Fit Body Boot Camp, 24 Cambridge St., Charlestown, facebook.com

Friday, May 4

Hip Hop Aperitif: Join Jessie Alegria from Urbanity Dance School for this hip-hop workshop for all levels. Learn hip hop fundamentals and a short choreographed routine, while socializing with other members of the Boston dance community.

$15, 6:30-8 p.m., Urbanity Dance Headquarters, 1180 Washington St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Saturday, May 5

Southie Sweat Crawl: Work your way through South Boston’s best fitness classes with three back-to-back sessions at the Handle Bar, Simply Barre and Rock Spot Climbing. Before the classes begin, warm-up at the Coppersmith pre-party, and then get sweating.

$45, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Coppersmith, 40 W. 3rd St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Harbor Point Fun Run and 5K: All fitness levels are welcome for this fun run and 5K race along Boston’s Carson Beach. Cinco de Mayo festive gear is encouraged, and there is a Cinco de Mayo festival during and after the races. The 1 mile fun run is free, but there is a registration fee for the 5K.

$25, 9 a.m., Harbor Point, 10 Harbor Point Blvd., Boston, g2racereg.com.

Boston Marine Corps Honor Run: Run with active duty officers and veterans from all branches of the military in this 5K. Both competitive runners and beginners are encouraged, with awards given to first place male and female finishers, first place military team, and first place law enforcement team, among others.

$15+, 7 a.m., Carson Beach, 125 Day Blvd, Boston, mchonorrun.com.

Sunday, May 6

Spin for Meals: Help benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Kitchen Cabinet, a group of young professionals passionate about ending hunger within the Boston community, with this 45-minute indoor spin class. Tickets include the class, shoe rental, towel, and a Greater Boston Food Bank water bottle.

$40, 12:45-2:45 p.m., The Handle Bar, 141 Dorchester Ave., Boston, my.gbfb.org.

Project Bread Walk for Hunger: Participate in the oldest pledge walk in the country. Since its inception, the Walk for Hunger has provided one billion meals to people in need throughout Massachusetts. Run a 5K or walk anywhere between one and 20 miles throughout the day.

$25, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Boston Common, Charles St., Boston, projectbread.org.

Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger / Photo provided by Emily Abbot