Work It Out 

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San Antonio is often (and sadly, deservedly) known for being a city on the "husky" side. The city has undertaken several initiatives to help curb this situation, including the Fitness in the Park program. The citywide initiative offers a number of free — that's right, free — exercise and fitness classes at nearly every park, community center and library.

Since its inception, instructors have helped thousands of area residents meet and achieve their fitness goals and attain healthier lifestyles. In 2013, Fitness in the Park was one of the programs recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association when it earned the Excellence in Innovative Programming Award. Fitness in the Park was again honored when it received the Community Health & Safety Award from the International City/County Management Association in 2014.

The Parks and Recreation Department has a full slate of events for participants seven days a week. There is no cost to participate in the classes, which feature everything from high-impact boot camps and CrossFit to low-impact yoga and tai chi. The department has a complete rundown of their schedule online and at all city park facilities. Visit them at sanatonio.gov/parksandrec.

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