Healthy Events and Pop-Up Workouts to Try This Week in Boston

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Wellness Wednesday at Outdoor Voices / photo provided


Innovators Panel on In-Home Wellness Solutions: Don’t make the inconvenience of getting to the gym or the grocery store the reason you’re not taking care of your health. Attend this panel discussion featuring five experts who are focused on improving health outcomes by bringing fitness products and services into the home. Hear from people like Gordie Gronkowski of GronkFitness (yes, he’s Rob’s brother), Christine Alama of FarmersToYou, and more.

Free, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Workbar, 399 Boylston St., Boston, 


Healthy Holiday Cocktail Bites: Rethink your holiday menu at this hands-on cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make holiday party-worthy appetizers that are delicious and nutritious. Come hungry, because whatever you make you’ll get to eat, and you’ll leave with recipe printouts and a shopping and preparation checklist.

$ 95, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Joyful Kitchen Cooking School, 12 Greenwood Rd., Wellesley,  


Wellness Wednesday with Outdoor Voices: Learn all of Jennifer Hanway’s tricks and tips to staying healthy, energized, and stress-free during the holiday season at this wellness chat at Outdoor Voices in the Seaport. She’ll share easy nutrition strategies and stress-relieving methods you can use every day.

Free, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Voices, 31 Northern Ave., Boston, 


Brighton Does Wellness: Cambridge Naturals is welcoming a host of different wellness companies into their store for an evening of sampling and services from places like New Balance, Energize, Wildflower Pantry, and more. The event will include raffle prizes and special holiday offers. Get a relaxing mini-facial or massage too.

Free, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Cambridge Naturals-Brighton, 92 Guest St., Boston, 

The Four Days of Fenway: Kick off this special neighborhood event with an early morning run with November Project co-leaders Emily Saul and Chris Capozzi. They’ll lead you through the Emerald Necklace and incorporate everything from running to circuit training and more. All ability levels are welcome.  

Free, 6:30 a.m., meet at Caffe Nero, 1375 Boylston St., 

Yoga with Move: Join Mooch and Mel for a free yoga class to start your evening. Hosted in the New Balance Global Flagship store, the class will be one hour long, and everyone should bring their own mat.

Free, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., New Balance Global Flagship, Boston Landing, 140 Guest St., Brighton, 

Hanukkah Spin Night: This Hanukkah-themed workout will spin more than just dreidels. Hop on a bike and get your legs pumping for a mind/body workout like no other. Then, stick around for a sufganiot wall, libations, and other treats. Ticket includes one free drink.

$ 20, 7:15 p.m.-9 p.m., Turnstyle, 310 Harrison Ave., Boston,  


Sweat and Balance: Work yourself hard in Sweat Fixx’s HIIT Fixx workout for 45 minutes before heading over to Sweet Balance for a gentle 45 minute yin yoga stretch. Smoothies will be provided afterwards for participants.

$ 35, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Sweat Fixx, 383 Lowell St., Wakefield,  


Free Your Spine and the Rest Will Follow: We carry most of our stress in our upper back and neck, so it’s no wonder those parts of your body are the first to feel achy. Take home some tips and tools on how to alleviate these pains during this workshop that will include mobility and strengthening exercises, as well as stretches to incorporate into your yoga routine to remain pain-free.

Free, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., South Boston Yoga, 36 W Broadway, Boston, 

Align Your Body, Align Your Soul: Use this workshop as an opportunity to align your energetic body with the physical body to feel more grounded. You’ll learn about the seven chakras, the eight limbs of yoga, what energetic imbalance looks like, and more.

$ 45, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., YogaWorks Back Bay, 364 Boylston St., Boston,  

Halfway to Dot Day 5k: Run through the Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester in this family-friendly 5k open to all ability levels. The race will be followed by a toy drive and breakfast at Florian Hall and all race participants will go home with a long-sleeve shirt and a handmade ornament.

$ 20, 9 a.m., DCR’s Pope John Paul II Park, Hallet Street entrance, Dorchester, 

Holiday Hustle: Start your Saturday hustling with a 30 minute high intensity spin class at Recycle followed by a 45 minute yoga class at Shawmut Yoga. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments from Beacon Blend.

Free, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Shawmut Yoga Studio, 280 Shawmut Ave.,  

Trust Your Gut In-Store Lecture: Hear from Marnie, of MegaFood/Innate Response, as she explains the best ways to support digestion and your gut. You’ll walk away with actionable steps to make your gut healthier as well as ways to keep it healthy. She’ll also be hosting a pre-lecture yoga class.

Free, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham,  


Holiday Wreath and De-Stress Workout: Combat holiday stress with Lynx Fitness Club’s new Reset Button Class followed by mimosas, snacks, and wreath decorating. Ticket price covers the materials needed for the wreath decorating as well as the workout and you’ll get to take the wreath home with you when you’re done.

$ 90, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lynx Fitness Club, 64 Arlington St., Boston, 

Jingle Bell Run: Dress up in your most cheerful holiday garb for this 5k race benefitting the Arthritis Foundation. The race starts in the Common. Santa hats and reindeer antlers are encouraged.

$ 40, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Boston Common, Corner of Beacon St. and Charles St.,  

Sweat and Sip with Sweat Fixx: Start your Sunday Funday with a Sculpt Fixx class from Sweat Fixx, their 45 minute total-body strength class, followed by drinks and snacks at Capo. Your ticket includes the workout and one post-class beverage.

$ 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sweat Fixx Southie, 323 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 

Yule Fest 5k: Run through Harvard with a large group of people during this festive holiday 5k. Registration includes a knit hat and a block party in the center of Harvard Square.

$ 45, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Harvard Square, 41 Church St., Cambridge, 

Frosty Running Festival: This race, which can be either 2.9 miles or 5.8 miles, benefits Cradles to Crayons, an organization supplying disadvantaged boys and girls with clothing, books, and school items. Consider bringing an item to donate before the run around Jamaica Pond.

$ 41, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Jamaica Pond, 507 Jamaicaway Boston,   

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