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Social distancing has had an impact on Houstonians’ routines — from dining out to working out, the ways people go about their day have changed. Restaurants are adapting by offering to-go alternatives and incentives (see our roundup here), but what about the fitness industry? Moving your body and getting fresh air are important factors in maintaining a sense of normalcy and a positive attitude. Here are some ways that your favorite gyms and boutique studios are stepping up their livestream game to make sure everybody has an opportunity to stay active during their quarantine.


Big Power Yoga

Livestream sweaty, fun yoga routines through Big Power Yoga for $10 a pop. The studio is offering hour-long classes via video-conferencing website Zoom, where Big also hosts a free “Community Circle” video call each day at 12:35pm for folks simply wanting to see other humans’ faces.

Boost Pilates 

The “Boost Babes” are posting at-home, pilates-inspired routines — utilizing everyday props like water bottles, scooters, seat cushions and more — on Boost Pilates’ social media platforms.

CycleBar

With several Houston-area locations, CycleBar is part of a larger national network of fitness concepts. Each is offering its own workout via Facebook Live daily, and the schedule is posted on Instagram and Facebook stories. Today included a Club Pilates 30-minute mat workout at 8am, a CycleBar ride for those with stationary bikes at 9am, a Pure Barre workout at 10am, plus yoga, stretching and rowing in the afternoon.

Define Body & Mind 

Henry Richardson has made his workout classes available online for free, for members and non-members alike. The Define on Demand classes include Bounce (utilizing a small trampoline), barre and yoga (including prenatal), Beat (a rhythm-based, full-body workout), and Mind (breathwork, meditation and mindfulness).

LagreeHTX

Upper Kirby's Lagree studio with a cult following is suggesting routines modified for home use, without its signature megaformer machine. Owner Anna Van Delden offers bite-size sessions (8-12 minutes each) with a slideshow of videos on the LagreeHTX Instagram page.

RYDE

The spin studio with locations in River Oaks and Downtown — and, later this year, the Heights — is going live on Instagram at noon and 7pm daily. Catch 30-minute, rhythm-based, full-body workouts from one of RYDE’s energetic instructors. Workouts are available via Instagram Live for 24 hours.

Shredded by Shelley 

Popular personal trainer Shelley Kutsch is for the first time offering daily workouts that can be streamed online for a small fee. Clients can request access to her new Instagram account (@streamingbyshelley) through direct message.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Abbie Preston Edmonson gives a special presentation this weekend

DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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