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The Healthy 10: Outdoor fitness helps usher in summer

For many Western New York families, the school year has ended and the weather – at least some days – has improved to the point that outdoor activities are welcome.

Below are the top 10 outdoor fitness activities that adults – and in some cases kids – can enjoy in the region this week.

A bonus: They're all free.


Splish Splash Summer Bash: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park splash pad, Fillmore and North Parade avenues. BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser, free face-painting, balloon art, arts and crafts with Buffalo Book Bike and healthy snacks. Free. The splash pad is designated a BCBS of WNY Healthy Zone. For information on hours, visit

Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders gather as early as 5:15 p.m. and the ride starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The roughly 10-mile guided ride will start and end outside the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court. The museum will open before and after the ride. An after-party with food, drinks and live music will follow. An after-party with food trucks, music and refreshments will follow. First-time riders should register for the bike ride at Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Everyone Can Dance: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Canalside. Dance fitness and games for all ages.

Jada Blitz Body Boot Camp: 7 p.m., Canalside. Fast-paced workout for maximum results. Will sample Balanced Body meals and offer fitness class participants 15 percent off with the code Canalside.


Angela Marchitte, of West Seneca, center, participates in a yoga class on the lawn between the Delaware Park Rose Garden and Shakespeare Hill, one of 21 free Fitness in the Parks classes presented this summer by Independent Health. For more information, visit (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Walking on Wednesday: Brisk, 30-minute walk at noon, Kaminski Park outside Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets. Presented by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

Sunset yoga: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Krull Park, 6108 E. Lake Road, Olcott. Part of Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks.


Josh & Friends: “Circuit training” exercise programs by Sow it Now Fitness to music for ambulatory teens and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Canalside.


Little Gym of Williamsville fitness: 10 a.m. Fridays, Canalside. Designed for children ages 4 months to 12 years old.


Zumba: 10 a.m., Artpark, Lewiston.

BollyX: 11 a.m., Canalside. Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world.


Hip Hop Cardio: GoPole Fitness presents this dance fitness class, 11 a.m., Canalside.


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