Fitness

Boston Area Yoga Studios and Gyms Open on Christmas Day

If you're looking for a respite from relatives, head to the gym—instead of the bar.


The presents are wrapped (and some are even opened), the cookies are cooling, and the tinsel is hung by the fireplace with care. Now, give yourself the care you need by heading to the gym. Your New Years resolutions don’t need to wait until January 1—better yet, you don’t need a resolution to commit to a happier and healthier lifestyle. All you need is to throw on the tennies and some leggings and hit the ground running—as fast as you can away from crazy Aunt Debbie—and head straight to these Boston area yoga studios and gyms open on Christmas Day. We even included the ones open on Christmas Eve.

Open on Christmas Eve (modified hours)

Healthworks

Healthworks/Photo provided

Healthworks (open until 4 p.m.): This women-only gym, which has four locations around Boston, enhances its top-notch group fitness schedules with perks like on-site juice bars, spas, and heavenly locker rooms. In short, this is a gym you’ll actually enjoy visiting.

441 Stuart St., Boston, 617-859-7700, and other locations, healthworksfitness.com.

The YMCA of Greater Boston (open until 3 p.m.): This location of the Y boasts a lap pool, group fitness rooms, and ample cardio and weight machines to keep you busy. They also offer youth and teen programs and have childcare on-site.

316 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-927-8060, and other locations, ymcaboston.org

Photo provided Lynx Fitness Club/Illustration by Tessa Yannone

Lynx Fitness Club (open until 12 p.m.): This 2018 Best of Boston winner is in the space of the old David Barton gym. Memberships are capped at a certain number to avoid those annoying lines and cramped quarters on the turf space. And speaking of turf space, inside you’ll find a long turf area for things like sled pushes and functional strength workouts. There’s even a Topgolf Swing Suite for practicing your golf swing.

64 Arlington St., Boston, 857-990-3785, lynxfitnessclub.com.

Bodyscapes (open until 2 p.m.): Swing by this all-inclusive gym if you need one-on-one personal training, a high-energy group class, or a spot to drop in and get a quick lift in during lunch. They have free day lockers and towel service as well as a fully equipped free-weight room, treadmills, stair climbers, and bikes. Group classes include BodyPump, Zumba, yoga, and more.

77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston, 617-738-9229, bodyscapesfitness.com

All BSC locations (open until 5 p.m.): Each one of the 13 BSC locations across the city are open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, really leaving you with no excuse not to pop in. Each location offers something a little different, but most will have plenty of cardio and strength equipment and turf space. Some have pools, basketball courts, or squash courts.

Locations throughout Boston, bostonsportsclubs.com

Open on Christmas Day

Photo by Ian Travis Barnard /Provided

Equinox: Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Christmas Day, Equinox will deliver if you’re really pining for a sweat. Visit the Dartmouth Street or Avery Street locations for a spa-like getaway from the craziness in your living room or opt for a class at the Seaport location so you can daydream while looking out the expansive windows. And if you just need to come in for a run on the treadmill or break it down in your own strength training circuit, you can do that, too. The options are endless.

4 Avery St., Boston, 617-375-8200, and other locations, equinox.com.

Boston Yoga Union

Boston Yoga Union / Photo provided

Boston Yoga Union: Visit this 2019 Best of Boston winner on Boylston Street for a 9:30 a.m. flow on Christmas morning. Emily Tevald will lead you through a grounding and rejuvenating practice located in the former Back Bay Yoga space. Fit for all levels, bring the relatives and start your holiday off on the right note.

1112 Boylston St., Boston, 857-277-1196, bostonyogaunion.com

Down Under School of Yoga: This community haven is great for newcomers and seasoned veterans looking to improve their practice. On Christmas Day, the Brookline location is hosting three classes at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Say Om before you say FaLaLaLa.

1054 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-9642, downunderyoga.com

BSC West Newton (7 a.m.-3 p.m.): Lucky for Newton residents, the only BSC location open on Christmas day is the West Newton one. Drop in to hit the weights or just hide out in the sauna or steam room—we won’t tell.

1359 Washington St., West Newton, 617-332-1700, bostonsportsclubs.com.

J.P. Centre Yoga: Affordable and accessible classes are this Jamaica Plain studios game—community classes are only $6! Swing by on Christmas for a 10 a.m. all levels hour and a half flow.

670 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-8936, jpcentreyoga.com.