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With these classes you won't even know you are working out!

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The key to starting an exercise program is to choose an activity that is fun, that challenges you to learn something new, and that can be scheduled on a regular basis. Think outside of the box and look at one of these classes that will not only keep you active, they will exercise your brain and keep you coming back to learn more!

Folk Bhangra / Bollywood (7 sessions, $95)
Bhangra’s vigorous movements and music is not only exciting to watch, it’s a great workout and a thrill to learn! This course will also cover Bollywood style of dancing which is lower impact but just as much fun.  Learn a new style of dancing while you whittle away the inches.
363732 starting 1/14 at Potomac Community Recreation Center from 7:30 – 8:15 pm

Latin Salsa for Singles and Couples (8 sessions, $75)
Salsa dancing may look like a series of small steps, but when you start to add in the hips and arms, you will be amazed at how energized you feel during class. In this class we change partners frequently so individuals and couples are welcome to register. Learn the difference between studio and night club style salsa, moves that bring you and your partner back together and on beat, and when to do the Mambo instead.
364425 starting 1/15 at Potomac Community Recreation Center from 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Tap Dance for Adults (8 sessions, $72)
This class will really keep your feet moving! Learn various tap movements to create a beat with your tap shoes. The workout is sure to continue when you are excited to practice what you’ve learned at home! Beginner class starts at 6:00 pm then beginners/intermediate at 6:30 pm, with intermediate at 7:00 pm and advanced starting at 8:00 pm.
364791 starting 1/8 at Capital View-Homewood Local Park from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
364792 starting 1/8 at Capital View-Homewood Local Park from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
364793 starting 1/8 at Capital View-Homewood Local Park from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
364794 starting 1/8 at Capital View-Homewood Local Park from 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Urban Line Dance (8 sessions, $60)
Get off the sofa and onto the dance floor! Line dancing is a terrific way to start a fitness program simply because it’s hard to resist. When a large group of people all know how to do the same dance moves, you’ll want to jump in and dance too.  This class will start with basic line dance steps and progress to more complex patterns. Keep your body moving, socialize with new friends, and have fun – these are all important factors for your health.
364016 starting 1/7 at Wheaton Community Recreation Center from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
364017 starting 1/8 at Plum Gar Community Recreation Center from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Zumba (various classes and fees)
Zumba is dance fitness classes that started in the 1990s by Columbian choreographer and dancer, Alberto Perez. Zumba involves moves taken from popular dance styles including hip-hop, soca, salsa, merengue, mambo and more! Combine these moves with popular Latin and pop music, and you have a fitness class that feels more like a dance party than a workout! Take a break from the gym equipment and try using those sneakers as dance shoes. You’ll be surprised by the results!
For a complete list of Zumba classes, locations and fees, see page 48 of the Winter Guide.  

Martial Arts (various classes and fees)
Martial arts classes including Karate, Jujitsu, and Taekwondo are traditional combat practices that are used for self-defense, competition, and physical and mental development. The various disciplines also offer an incredible workout that doesn’t feel like a fitness program because the mind is so highly focused on learning and executing the moves. Try one of the 14 different martial arts classes offered around the County and experience the benefits of challenging your brain and your body at the same time.
For a complete list of martial arts classes, locations, and fees, see pages 55 and 56 in the Winter Guide.  

Hula Hoop Your Way to Good Health (8 sessions, $64)
Hula Fit! is a relatively new class that combines low impact movements with high energy and calorie burning hula hooping. This class incorporates fitness hoops to help you strengthen and shape your core as you move and groove to contemporary music. We’ll incorporate arm and leg movements to give you a full body workout that is as much fun as it is energizing!
369182 starting 1/16 at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center from 7:15 – 8:15 pm