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I am a low impact physical activityI help strengthen your glutes, adductors (inner thigh), and your abdominal musclesThe constant pushing and pulling of this activity not only helps strengthen but helps with flexibility as wellI help increase your aerobic enduranceWhat Physical Activity Am I?


Hula Hooping!Health reasons to hoop: Hooping exercises over 30 core muscles, improves balance, flexibility, dexterity and coordination, tones and reshapes the abdomen, buttocks, and legs with regular use, provides an alternative to going to a gym and is accessible to people of all agesHistory of the Hula Hoop: Hula Hoops have come full circle, from an entertaining toy for children who would roll bamboo circles on the ground with sticks, and spin the hoops around their waist over three thousand years ago in Greece; to fun, fast passed competitions in the 50s, to a 21st century revived new-age entertainment and nationally recognized fitness exercise for people of all ages.


I am a high calorie burning Physical ActivityI am a great for joint health (requires joints to move through a large rang of motion)I require muscle strength both from upper and lower body muscle groupsI am a great physical activity to participate in the Boston areaWhat Physical Activity Am I?


Rowing!Health reasons to row: Improved Lung FunctionRowing is a predominantly aerobic activity which requires you to take in large amounts of oxygen. Improved Cardiac FunctionWhen you row, your muscles demand an increased amount of oxygen

Reduced Blood Pressure

Regular rowing workouts will help to maintain the elasticity of your blood vessels and also keep your blood vessels clear from


Increased Muscular EnduranceMuscular endurance is your ability to perform repeated movements without fatigue and is an important physical characteristic that we use on a daily basis.

Increased Bone Density

When you row, a significant load is placed on all of your major bones. This stress stimulates cells called


which are responsible for strengthening your bones by increasing their density

History of Rowing: Today rowing is an amateur sport and an Olympic event. In America, there is also a sizable rowing community. Ports such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia required the building of many small rowing boats, and competition was inevitable. The first American race took place on the Schuylkill River in 1762 between 6-oared barges. In 1843, the first American college rowing club was formed at Yale University. The Harvard-Yale Regatta is the oldest intercollegiate sporting event in the United States having been contested every year since 1852 (except for occasional breaks due to major wars, such as World War II and the US Civil War). The oldest inter-high school competition in the United States also occurred on the water, in the form of a race in six man boats between two New England boarding schools: Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts. The oldest continuous rowing club in America is the Detroit Boat Club, in Detroit, Michigan.


You may not think of me as a physical activity because much of the work is not done by the participantI am a low impact physical activityI am a physical activity that requires a great deal of abdominal strengthWhat Physical Activity Am I?


Horse Back Riding!Health reasons to go horse back riding: Abs and Upper Body. Horseback riding is a great form of exercise that effectively and completely works out your abdominal muscles. To maintain your posture as the horse moves, you’re constantly making minor adjustments in your upper body, leaning, rotating and sitting up. Proper rein technique requires you not only to pull, but to grasp the reins firmly and hold them up, which gently works your shoulders and arms with constant tension.Low Impact. Even though it raises your heart and breathing rates and challenges your muscles, horseback riding is actually much gentler on your body than many other sports. Because you’re seated much of the time, riding doesn’t stress your knees and lower body. Best of all, horseback riding is fun and exciting!

Fun for Everyone.

Because all ages can participate, horseback riding is a great sport for your entire family. Many families even enjoy it so much that they commit to it together as a lifestyle. Living in an equestrian community allows you to take advantage of the stables, barns, arenas and miles of hiking trails any time the mood strikes you.

Fun facts about Horse Back Riding:


horse is considered adult at age four.

A female horse over 4 years old is called a mare.

A male horse over 4 years old is called a stallion.

Horses are measured in hands. A hand is four inches. A horse is generally over 14.2 hh (hands high).

Anything under 14.2 hh is a pony. There are over 200 breeds of horses in the world.

Horses usually

live to be 20-25 years old. The oldest horse lived to be 62.

A father horse is called a sire.

A mother horse is called a dam. The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus


I am a physical activity that works every muscle in your body both strengthening and increasing flexibilityI am particularly good at strengthening your core musclesWhile I am not a high calorie burning physical activity, participants are very challenged by my workoutsWhat Physical Activity Am I?


Pilates!Health reasons to try Pilates: Strengthens your "core," your abdominal and spinal muscles, which are your "Pilates Powerhouse" muscles. Tones your body and helps you develop long and lean muscles.



you learn to better control your posture and alignment. Your body will become safer and more efficient in its movement.

Increases your flexibility.



you develop a mind / body connections, which increase your awareness of your body.


ncourages you to focus on breath, which can decrease stress anxiety and muscle tension.History of Pilates: Pilates was created in the 1920s by the physical trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) for the purpose of rehabilitation. Some of the first people treated by Pilates were soldiers returning from war and dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine (to strengthen their bodies and heal their aches and pains). Since the 1920s, the basic tenets that Joseph Pilates set down have been preserved, and to this day, even with some modifications, the Pilates remains true to its origins.


I am a physical activity that helps improve your speed, strength, and enduranceI can help you burn up to 800 calories in 1 hourWhile considered a mentally tough workout, I am a great stress relieverWhat Physical Activity Am I?


Boxing!Health reasons to try Boxing: Boxing Is an Overall WorkoutBoxing is one of the true all-around workouts available, meaning it strengthens and works numerous if not all muscle groups rather than spot training one area alone. Boxing works the core muscles contained within the trunk of the body by using balance and strength, the leg muscles through various kicks and stances, the arm muscles through punching and jabbing, plus the back muscles, shoulder muscles and even the all important gluteus maximus, through continued skipping and dodging movements that are




Mixes the Workout UpThe leading fitness experts have discovered that repetitive workouts and continuous looped movements are detrimental to peak fitness. A constant up shift and down shift of cardio and strength training along with sudden burst training is proving more effective. Boxing incorporates this constant shift of workout, from solitary stance mini bag boxing through to large bag boxing and then to one on one sparring with constant movement and flow.


helps with weight management

An hour of boxing can produce more sweat and more calorie burn than a continuous one hour jog

. Because it is a total body workout, Boxing requires a lot of energy, which in turn burns higher amounts of calories.

Boxing is fun!Think boxing is only for the toughest of competitors? Think again, anyone can participate in boxing and be successful. If trained correctly, boxing can provide a unique and fun way to reach your physical activity goals!Fun facts about Boxing: Boxing was introduced as an Olympic sport at the 23rd Olympiad in 688 B.C., with the first Olympic winner being Onomastos Smyrnaios

.  According to the historian, Dion, the ancients did not value beatings or knockouts in boxing.  Rather, the aim was to remain un-injured ("atravmatistos

") until the opponent became exhausted and


defeat by raising two fingers ("

apagorefsi").   One great fighter avoided blows for two days before his opponent gave up.  Ever wonder why they call them boxing "rings", even though they are square?   In Ancient Rome, boxing rules were introduced and competitors were required to remain within a circular ring drawn on the arena floor.  They have been known as "rings" ever since.



Boston Boxing & Fitness 100 Holton Street, Brighton, MA 02135 | (617) 987-0142Boston Boxing & Fitness offers classes, personal training, and weight training, as well as boxing. A fully licensed, fully insured full-time Olympic boxing training center, sanctioned through USA Boxing, Inc., the gym is staffed with trainers who are 100% focused on fitness and safety. www.bostonboxing.com The Ring Boxing Club 971 Commonwealth

Ave Boston

, MA


617.782.6946Whatever your goals – whether you want to compete, learn self-defense, or just get in the best shape of your life – look no further. Our battle-tested coaches put you through the paces of a professional boxer’s workout like you’re training for a shot at the title



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The Boston Hoop TroopWelcome from the Boston Hoop Troop! We are New England's premier hooping collective who teach classes, perform and host hoop jams in the Boston area. The Hoop Troop has brought the hoop scene to life in Boston since 2003. Do you want to get involved in hooping? Join us for a class or upcoming event. We also host weekly hoop jams on the Cambridge Commonwww.bostonhooptroop.comHealthworks Fitness Various locations throughout BostonHoop Class


by Reebok presenter and


Master Trainer, Phyllis London this Healthworks hula hoop class alternates aerobic exercises, using flowing upper and lower body movements, with traditional hula-hooping, and then finishes with innovative core exercises


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Community Rowing 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA. 02135| 617.779.8267Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States. CRI is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community and provides broad based programs for youth and adults, novice to elite skill levels.www.communityrowing.orgDragon Boat Club of BostonNot interested in rowing? How about Dragon Boat racing? This intense paddle sport is another great water activity to try!

The Dragon Boat Club of Boston is a competitive and social dragon boat club. Founded in 2001, the Dragon Boat Club of Boston is the oldest dragon boat club in Boston and completes across the United States and internationally. We are always welcoming new members, regardless of level of experience. Our experienced coaches will get a paddle in your hands and have you paddling in no time.


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Boston Equestrian Center 44 McIntyre Road, North Oxford, MA 01537 | 508.987.6141The Boston Equestrian Center is a facility for the horse enthusiast where we offer training in various disciplines. From Jumpers to Hunt Seat, Equitation to Dressage, we have the expertise that will bring you to the top! New sessions of our Learn to Ride Program start every month and run through November. www.bostonequestriancenter.comHigh Rock Stables 33 Granite Street, Walpole, MA


) 660-2345


horse Hunter/Jumper boarding/lesson facility in Walpole, MA. Offering 2 outdoor rings, and a large rubber footed indoor with attached viewing

room. Offering lessons for


thru advanced balanced hunt


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Boston Body Pilates Various Locations throughout Boston| 617-262-3333Boston Body Pilates is for everybody! Our studio community is made up of all different fitness levels and ages. We meet you at your fitness level and will help you progress every step of the way. You will receive personal attention and corrections throughout your workouts so that your body will start toning and changing quickly. Your body and mind will feel tingly and alive after just a few sessions!www.bostonbody.comBoston Pilates 709 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 |617-524-0118


mission is to assist everyone - from novice to expert - in reaching their athletic goals and improving their physical and mental well-being through preserving the philosophy, teachings, exercises and vitality of Joseph Pilates' work. We recognize that the commitment to physical and mental self-improvement is a series of daily choices and we pledge to work with you every step of the way to support your personal fitness journey.


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With a new season upon us, why not try a new physical activity?Season change is a great time to change your physical activity.


Read the clues to learn more about each of these physical activities and see if you can guess the correct answer!


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