Live an active lifestyle your way
Research shows that regular exercise or other physical activity provides
long-term health benefits for everyone, both physically and mentally.
An active lifestyle looks different to each person, though, so the perfect
place to try something new is where you can get a discount.
Find a local gym
A local gym is a great place to start if you’re new to an active lifestyle.
Healthtrax, which has locations in East Longmeadow, Hanover, North
Dartmouth and West Springfield, as well as throughout Connecticut and
Rhode Island, offers something for everyone. Group fitness is a motivating
way to try a new style of exercise. As a bonus, you’ll make friends and have
a lot of fun! Try aqua fitness, Pound, Zumba or yoga. MTA members save
$10 on membership.
In the Boston area, check out Healthworks Fitness Center for Women in the
Back Bay, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill or Coolidge Corner. Have a blast while
getting your workout in with classes such as Pulse Cycle, Barre Sport, Tabata
and Yoga Beats. MTA members pay a $75 enrollment fee, rather than the usual
$200, and save $10 on the prevailing monthly membership fee. You’ll also
receive two complimentary personal training sessions and one complimentary
small-group training session.
Fitness Together offers personal training for those seeking a one-to-one
experience. A number of Fitness Together locations, including those in Belmont,
Norwell and Westborough, offer 10 percent off a package of 36 or more
personal training sessions, or any program of at least three full months.
Tai chi is a great option if you’d prefer a lower-impact workout. At Huan’s Tai
Chi in Cambridge, you’ll find a practice that energizes your body, refreshes
your mind, increases your concentration and lightens your spirit. MTA
members and their families pay $20 for unlimited classes for the first, trial
month — a 60 percent savings. This is a member-owned business, so you’d
also be supporting a fellow member!
Work out at home
If your schedule makes it tough to get to the gym, working out at home can
be an ideal option. For a fee that’s less than or equal to a gym membership,
you can get fit doing on-demand workouts at home. If you have space for
a treadmill or elliptical machine in your basement or spare room, a couple
of businesses offer equipment discounts to MTA members. Precision Fitness
Equipment has a few locations in Eastern Massachusetts and the Metro West
area. You’ll save 10 percent on any non-sale item. Total Fitness Equipment
in West Springfield, with other locations in Connecticut and Vermont, offers
members a 15 percent discount.
Do you hate the gym? Getting in shape should not necessarily be synonymous
with an hour on the treadmill or a five-day-a-week routine. When the weather
cooperates, go for a hike instead. The Blue Hills in Milton are a nice spot for
beginners. With a large number of trails, the Blue Hills offer varied scenery
and allow you to determine your preferred level of difficulty. The Blue Hill
Observatory & Science Center offers members a $1 discount on a general tour
and a $3 discount on an in-depth tour.
The Appalachian Mountain Club is great for experienced and novice hikers,
bikers and climbers. Take advantage of a 20 percent discount on AMC member
rates and embark on guided tours, such as the French River Paddle in Oxford/
Dudley, Memorial Day Weekend hiking in the White Mountains, or Blue Hills/
Ponkapoag Pond walking and hiking.
Love the water? At Nashoba
Paddler in Groton, save
10 percent on canoe and
kayak rentals. Monthly tours
include Full Moon Canoeing,
Spring Birds, a Flowers
Paddling Tour and Paddling
with Beavers. Charles River
Canoe & Kayak/Paddle
Boston, with locations
in Boston, Cambridge,
Somerville, Newton and
Waltham, offers members a 10 percent discount for one boat. Enjoy a beautiful
day on the water, whether it’s on the Charles River, on the Mystic River or at
the Moody Street Dam.
Feeling a little more adventurous than canoeing down the Charles? Moxie
Outdoor Adventures offers whitewater rafting trips on the Kennebec River
from June through September. Grab your thrill-seeking family members and
friends and head up to Maine for a memorable experience. Members save
Any time is a good time to start — or change — your fitness routine. The
treadmill isn’t right for everyone, but neither is a hike up Mount Washington.
Try a few different activities. If you choose something you love, you’re more
likely to stick with it.