Get Moving

Unique, Local, and Affordable Exercise Activities 

Get Fit in the Mitt’s online video series features unique, local, and affordable exercise activities available in our community to show you how much fun it is to work out and burn calories.


Strength Training at Renaissance Athletic Center

The weight room at any fitness facility can seem intimidating. Especially if you don’t know how the machines work or what exercises to start with. But don’t let that stop you from picking up some pounds! Strength training is shown to have a number of health benefits.



TRX at MagFit

More than a gym, more than a workout…it’s a lifestyle here at MagFit in Stevensville! One of the many daily workouts offered here is TRX – also known as Total Body Resistance Exercise. 



Battle Ropes

Offered at Wellness WoRX in Niles, Battle Ropes uses weighted ropes while participants take turns doing various exercises working the whole body while moving the rope in wave like motions with the arms.



Southwest Michigan Kickers

Soccer, also called football in other countries, is the most popular sport in the world. Here in southwest Michigan people of all ages can participate in recreational leagues year round – with both indoor and outdoor facilities available.



Flying High 

Learn to fly, and do many other yoga poses, on the aerial yoga hammocks available at The Collective. Over several weeks you will move, stretch, hang, and fly; building strength, mobility, and flexibility.



Give It a Tri

At Tri-ing for Life in St. Joseph they offer the tools you need to start your triathlon adventure. They focus on the beginner and teach you mechanics of running, biking, and swimming. 



An A"MAZE"ing Workout

A fall favorite of many is finding their way through a maze of corn. Although corn mazes are often seen as a recreational activity for the whole family, it provides a great opportunity to get those extra steps in without even realizing you’re working out.



Crossfit Tides

Training at Crossfit Tides creates a bond among members that is authentic and real. Being held accountable, constantly improving, and growing are all things they do together. The most important component that you’ll receive at Crossfit Tides is a community.



Zumba Fitness 

Zumba is a total body workout that combines all elements of fitness including cardio, muscle conditioning, and balance and flexibility. 



Surf's Up

Each summer, Third Coast Surf Shop offers week-long Beach Day Camps for kids of all ages on the beaches of New Buffalo and Benton Harbor. During camp, kids burn energy in a safe, healthy environment while participating in a variety of beach activities. 



Taking Fitness Personally

If you’re having trouble staying motivated or designing a workout plan that will give you the results you want – a personal trainer may be just what you’re looking for. Trainers at the YMCA of Southwest Michigan can personalize workouts based on your lifestyle—from working professionals, to athletes, to new moms, and more!


A Pickle and a Ball? 

Pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors and players use a paddle and a plastic ball with holes and play as doubles or singles. 


Kickin' it in High Gear 

Many exercises focus on the physical benefits – but Taekwondo is seen as a union of both mind and body requiring both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to fully focus one’s power.


Staying Active as you Age 

As you grow older, maintaining an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Join us as we explore some of the many ways older adults are having fun, meeting new people, and participating in a variety of different activities to keep them healthy and strong.


Give it a Twirl

Dance Arts in Stevensville offers a variety of classes for all ages and skills levels – each built on a foundation of promoting healthy living, building character, and enhancing lives. Dance training teaches students self-awareness, individuality, and appreciation for an art form. Self-discipline and physical development also go hand in hand, right from the start. 



Planet Fitness - 30 Minute Workout

Don’t have a lot of time to work out? No worries – the circuit training program at Planet Fitness Benton Harbor offers a full body workout in just 30 minutes. Fitness instructor Cody Fajardo joins us to share more.


Golfing "Fore" Your Health 

Although golf is often seen as a recreational sport, it’s also good for your health. Walking the course for an average round of golf can equal close to four miles. Playing golf regularly can also help you improve muscle tone and endurance and lose weight. We stopped by Harbor Shores Golf Club and met with the First Tee of Benton Harbor to learn more. 


Baby Wearing Fitness

The Niles-Buchanan YMCA offers a new class for mothers and their babies or toddlers, called “Baby Wearing Fitness.” Dance to upbeat music while your child is snuggled closely to you in a carrier or sling.


A Thousand Little Sprints

Tennis is often described as "a thousand little sprints." The quick movements of the sport help burn fat, increase your heart rate, and promote high energy levels. 


Winterize Your Workout

Don’t put your workout on ice! Grab your scarf and gloves, lace up your boots, and join us as we explore the many ways to get moving during the snowy season in southwest Michigan.



L.I.F.T. 360

A group fitness class, offered by Renaissance Athletic Club, designed for all ages, especially older adults, who are looking to stay in shape, gain muscle mass, increase bone density, and improve balance and flexibility.







We've Got the Beat

Cardio drumming combines traditional aerobic exercise along with movements to the beat of some of your favorite songs. This high-energy exercise will get you movin' and groovin' and help you improve your brain and heart health at the same time. 



Flippin' for Fitness 

Did you know the American Heart Association recommends children participate in 60 minutes of physical activity per day? In the latest Get Fit in the Mitt feature episode, we meet three of the kids who run, jump, and tumble at Power in Motion Gymnastics and learn what they love most about the sport.



Fort Miami CrossFit

The Young Athletes program at Fort Miami CrossFit is geared toward students looking to gain an edge in their current sport, get in shape, and develop lifelong habits.

In our latest video blog, Get Fit in the Mitt team member Corey, learns what a typical cross fit training session is all about!



Maddog 5/1 - RealRyder Bikes

Get moving as we take a ride on the RealRyder spin bikes available at Maddog 5/1! Indoor cycling is a great high energy, low impact workout. RealRyder bikes move right and left for a full body experience similar to an outdoor ride.



Pedal to Better Health  

What’s better than bicycling on the open road — past beaches, farms, vineyards, and through beautiful, wooded parks? Bicycling allows you to get up close and personal with “Michigan’s Great Southwest” while boosting your heart rate, burning calories, and strengthening and toning muscles. And the best part is – the roads are free!



Tour de Mitt 2015 

The Get Fit in the Mitt team caught up with Dawn Spoon, a nurse at Hospice at Home, who is about to embark on her second Tour de Mitt bike ride from Mackinaw City to Stevensville to raise funds for hospice care. Learn more about her two passions in life and how bike riding helps her stay fit in our latest video blog.



Girls on the Run 2015

Recently, the Get Fit in the Mitt team joined over 830 girls in 3rd through 8th grade and 220 volunteers at the 2015 Berrien County Girls on the Run 5k running event presented by United Way of Southwest Michigan!

Watch all the fun in our latest video blog and hear what one mother and daughter team enjoy most about participating in the program together.



Rock Climbing

Are you looking for a great way to get a total body workout? Or find yourself bored from running miles on the treadmill at the gym? Try another great fitness activity to increase your heart and respiratory rates - rock climbing! 

Watch as the Get Fit in the Mitt team shares the health benefits of rock climbing and conquers the rock wall at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.



The Power of Yoga

Join the Get Fit in the Mitt team and southwest Michigan’s premier (minor-league) professional men’s basketball team, the Lake Michigan Admirals, who practice yoga to help improve their game on the court. Watch as the team’s yoga instructor, Mary Weirick, leads the basketball players through a basic yoga routine to help increase their flexibility, mobility, and strength.



Jazz it Up

Move and groove your way to health at the Jazzercise Niles Fitness Center. Jazzercise is a group fitness class that combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching for a total body workout that helps strengthen your heart, tone your muscles, and improve your overall health. The dance moves incorporate aerobic exercise, hip hop, kickboxing, Pilates, resistance training, and yoga so you can have fun while getting fit!



Fun in the Sun: Part 2

Exercising outside is a great way to break up your regular gym routine. This episode showcases unique water-based activities using Lake Michigan as the gym. Two legendary surfers, Jack Nordgren (owner of Waikiki Jack’s Surf Stands in Bridgman) and Ryan Gerard (owner of Third Coast Surf Shop in New Buffalo and St. Joseph) teach you how to stand-up paddleboard and kayak.



Fun in the Sun: Part 1

Use nature as your gym! In this episode, you’ll meet Bill Magley, President of Nature’s Fitness, who takes his clients to the destinations of their choice for an exciting and high-energy outdoor workout that embraces the great outdoors of southwest Michigan.



Knockout Your Workout

Give your workout a one-two punch! Boxing is a popular cardio workout that burns calories fast and strengthens your core. Train one-on-one with Ben Williams, a professional boxing coach at Point Blank Shooting Range & Sport Club in Benton Harbor. In “Knockout Your Workout,” viewers see a routine boxing session that includes a 10-minute warm-up, strength training exercises, and sparring in the ring.



Walk to Wellness

Walking provides many health benefits, including improved mood, lowerblood pressure and cholesterol, weight management, reduced risk of diabetes, stress relief, and better sleep. Join us on a tour of various parks in Berrien County that provide walking trails for the whole family to enjoy.



Workplace Workout

Think you can't possibly find time to exercise at work? Think again! This episode features exercises you can do at work, and Dr. Tracy Tacket explains the health benefits of adding fitness to your daily routine.



Hoop Fitness

Do you remember how fun hula hooping was when you were a kid – what if you could tone your thighs and abdominal muscles at the same time? Kathy Noah, Hoop Fitness Instructor at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA shares the benefits of hoop fitness and just how much fun it can really be.

Weko Beach Workout

Get your heart pumping and start your morning out right with an aerobic workout at the Weko Beach House. Instructor Marie Nordgren teaches a class in a fun atmosphere that is full of energy and suitable for all skill levels.
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