Keeping fit this summer

Yoga participants holding rolled-up mats

Image caption: Yoga is one of the many classes scheduled on multiple campuses all summer long.


The slower pace of summer offers an ideal time to prioritize health and wellness goals&em;and Johns Hopkins provides plenty of workouts and workshops for employees to do just that.

Via the Benefits Office, look for a wide range of summer fitness sessions kicking off next week:

Zumba fans can find options at the School of Medicine&em;at the Meyer Gym and Turner Building—and at Homewood.

Also at Homewood, check out the high-intensity Cardio Fusion offering.

Yoga enthusiasts have plenty of choices, too, with summer classes starting up at the Carey School, Keswick, Homewood and, on the East Baltimore campus, in the Turner and 2024 Monument St. buildings. Similar options are also available at the Candler Building and in White Marsh.

The Benefits Office also offers Muscle Toning and Conditioning classes at White Marsh, starting July 12; check here for updates on the Homewood equivalent.

Costs for all these weekly classes range from $14 to $30 for full sessions of a month or more.

In East Baltimore, the Cooley Center takes no breaks during summer months on group fitness classes, including yoga, spinning, TRX, and Butts and Guts. The options accommodate a wide range of work schedules (with even Sunday classes available); or for a more personalized approach, consider hiring your own trainer for one-hour sessions. For full details and registration, visit here.

Want to keep it cool? Starting July 12, two new fitness options are available in the outdoor pool located adjacent to the Cooley Center. Splashin' With Pat, a 45-minute class at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays, offers jogging, high knees, kicks, water weights, and other exercises. Aqua Zumba—choreographed dance moves with music in the shallow end of the pool—is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Classes are free with either Cooley or pool membership; nonmembers can join in for $5 a session, for up to five visits.

Beyond fitness, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement is offering two workshops this summer for employees to take a breather and check in on their mental and physical health. Full descriptions below; to register, go online here or call 443-997-7000.

Integrative Health Coaching (Wednesday, July 25, noon to 1 p.m., Homewood)

When it comes to your health, do you know what you should do but have trouble actually doing it? You're not alone. Working with a health and wellness coach is one way to change unhealthy lifestyle habits or manage chronic health issues. Join a certified health and wellness coach to learn about what integrative health coaching is, what to look for in a coach, and what to expect from the coaching relationship. Information about coaching services available through Johns Hopkins medical insurance plans and the cost of hiring your own coach will be provided. Participants will watch a short demonstration of integrative health coaching and assess their readiness to change an unhealthy lifestyle.

Be Happier! (Thursday, Aug. 2, noon to 1 p.m., Keswick)
Did you know that you can be happy even while in the midst of managing life's daily stressors? What if you could train your brain to be happier? Join a certified health and wellness coach for an overview of the research behind the science of happiness, specific happiness practices that you can try, and additional resources to increase your happiness.