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Free cardio workouts, nature yoga with Partnership for a Healthier SWLA

The Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana's group cardio workout in downtown Lake Charles.  (Source: KPLC) The Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana's group cardio workout in downtown Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

No gym memberships or fitness club fees are needed to shape up in Southwest Louisiana.  The Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana is offering free group cardio workouts for anyone, regardless of age or fitness background.

Partnership coordinator John O'Donnell loves to run, but it is his passion for overall health, while having fun, that creates the recipe for this new venture: free group cardio workouts that take participants through the streets of downtown Lake Charles and the trails of Sam Houston Jones State Park.

"The goal is to create a free fitness event that people can come out to and keep each other accountable and work out together as a community and really just get out here together and work out," said O'Donnell.

Lake Charles attorney, Michael McHale, says this is a perfect opportunity to get outdoors and burn some calories at the end of a work day.

"I'm not exactly what you would call a fitness freak," he said, "but this is an opportunity to get going and get moving in the right direction."

One mile, three mile, and six mile routes are marked, and your only instruction is to get moving!

"Anyone is invited regardless of fitness background," said O'Donnell.  "Any age, ability.  We want you out here running, walking, skating, we just want to get you up and moving."

You have three opportunities each week to take part in one of the free group cardio workouts.  On Mondays, they take off at 6:00 P.M. across from Luna downtown.  Wednesdays, the group leaves at 6:00 P.M. from Botsky's downtown, and on Sundays, the group meets at 7:00 A.M. at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Moss Bluff.

It is not just the workout that draws in the crowd.  

St. Louis High School student, Emilee Papadimitriou, says, "We're like all really good friends and it makes it more fun."

This is an opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of Southwest Louisiana with new friends, while taking lots of steps toward healthier living.

If you are looking for a different pace, the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana is also offering nature yoga at Tuten Park in Lake Charles every the first three Tuesdays in May with Tiffany Boudreaux.  

All of the Partnership's free cardio events and nature yoga schedules are posted on their facebook page.

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