Carlsbad Village celebrates health with free fitness events

Carlsbad Village celebrates health with free fitness events
The Choice Juicery on State Street will have several free fitness events each Saturday of March. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — In an effort to highlight the healthy lifestyle in Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Village Association is teaming with local organizations for a month of free fitness activities at Choice Juicery on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street.

“We have this awesome healthy community, and we wanted to celebrate it,” said Nicole Lazar, communications specialist for the Village.

Every Saturday of March visitors can take part in free activities including yoga, Pilates, a walking tour and a health expo.

On March 7 a teacher from Carlsbad Village Yoga and Fitness will lead an outdoor family yoga class at 10 a.m. on the lawn next to Choice Juicery and a Pilates mat class at 10 a.m. on March 21.

Some yoga mats will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Lazar said the location was chosen because the central location has enough space and people already love the juicery.

She said the juicer has a huge social media following. When looking up #CarlsbadVillage on Instagram, she said,  “75 percent of the photos are of Choice (Juicery).”

She also noticed in January a huge uptick in people’s interest in juicing.

“The juice movement came like a big boom in January. Since we have Beach City Smoothies and Choice, all of it came together,” Lazar said.

The program isn’t costing anything because the Village Association is partnering with different organizations that have volunteered their time.

On March 14, Circulate San Diego is leading a walking tour of the Village and the beach that will start at the juicery at 10 a.m.

The city has teamed up with Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to encourage more walking and biking in Carlsbad, particularly in the Village, through the Bike + Walk Carlsbad campaign.

The 12-month program was funded by an active transportation grant from the San Diego Association of Governments.  The end goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic and increase public health.

The final All is (S)well event is the Carlsbad 5000 Health & Fitness Expo starting at 7 a.m. March 28 on Roosevelt Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue.

The expo is timed before the Carlsbad 5000, which brings more than 10,000 racers and is dubbed the World’s Fastest 5K because 16 world records have been set there. This will be the 30th anniversary of the race.

The expo will have free samples, deals on fitness gear and information on health and nutrition.

The Carlsbad 5000 is on the following Sunday, March 29.

People wishing to attend any of the first three Saturday events can register online at Carlsbad-village.com.

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