Shape Up at the Library

Now that the holidays (and holiday eating) are over, a new year brings New Year’s resolutions. For many of us, that means regular exercise—whether it’s to lose weight, build stamina, or just improve our health overall.

Many people can’t afford gyms and health clubs, or may not have one close by. But if you need a way to take interesting, fun, and free exercise classes this year, visit your local library!

As part of our Health & Wellness program at Queens Public Library, we offer several classes in partnership with Shape Up NYC, including yoga, Zumba, dance fitness, chair aerobics, and more!

Shape Up NYC is the city’s free, drop-in fitness program with locations across the five boroughs, including several QPL branches. These classes are often created specifically for beginners or people who are less mobile, and there is no class registration—all you need is a towel, a bottle of water, and your enthusiasm!

Last year, we offered nearly 20 types of classes with dedicated Shape Up NYC instructors, and we look forward to scheduling even more this year.

“Our partnership with Shape Up NYC is an important opportunity for our Queens communities to take charge of their health on an ongoing basis, so that it becomes a regular part of their daily routine,” says Doris Jones from QPL’s Programs and Services Department. “Shape Up has a variety of exercise formats designed to match your particular comfort level. No matter when you decide to make that change to a healthier you, Queens Public Library and Shape Up are here to help you for free!”

You can find a schedule of all our Shape Up NYC classes, along with listings of our other exercise programs, health lectures and workshops, and more on the QPL website and in the Events section of Queens Public Library Magazine.

Good luck and visit the Library to get in shape this year!