D.C.’s recreation centers offer a wide range of free classes – for all ages, interests and skill levels.

DC recreation centers offer free aerobics classesTake for example Emery, located on Georgia Avenue near the Walmart in Ward 4. The whole family can enjoy hand dance lessons, which are open to ages 10 and up. And, for seniors who want to keep moving, Health Walk starts slow and increases the participant’s endurance and speed over time; the progressive walking program begins September 14 and meets four times a week.

Little girl swimming for aquatic activities in DCIn Ward 4, Fort Stevens Recreation Center offers free classes, from Zumba to senior aerobics. A popular class is Thai Chi: Arthritis, a low-impact workout that stimulates the central nervous system, helps lower blood pressure, relieves stress and strengthens the immune system. In Ward 5, the renovated Turkey Thicket Recreation and Aquatic centers offer everything from swim lessons and aqua Zumba, to tennis and line dancing. Click here for a list of classes being offered at facilities citywide.

And it’s not just for fitness. Near the Anacostia Metro in Ward 8, Barry Farm Recreation Center‘s brand new kitchen is offering Cooking: Foods for a Healthier Lifestyle!

Though classes are available year round and you can usually join one mid-session, now is the perfect time to look at the schedule with many facilities beginning a new fall schedule after Labor Day. Registering – for free – for a class from the beginning allows you to learn a new skill, dance move, or strength alongside your peers.