Get fit with Ready Gazette GO! 

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If you’re like many Oklahomans out there, you’ve already broken your New Year’s Resolution to get fit. There’s a chance to get back on track with Oklahoma Gazette, Broadway Clinic and Optima Health and Wellness Center.

If you need to ease into it, a free community workout is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodson Park Senior Center. The class is part of Oklahoma Gazette’s Ready, Gazette, GO! health initiative, which features health and exercise tips and events. Online registrants can track their fitness and nutrition on provided fitness logs using the honor system. You can also sign up at any of the locations listed on the site and receive a free RGG pedometer. Find more information, visit okgazette.com/readygazettego.

Led by Fabulous Flamingo Fitness personal trainer Chaz Rose, Saturday’s workout includes a bootcamp-style routine, incorporating box steps, lunges, pushups, planks and other body-weight exercises tailored to your level of fitness. The event is open to all ages, and those wishing to attend simply have to walk in to participate. Waiver release is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

The Ready, Gazette, GO! program culminates March 28 with a free, public health and food festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens. It will offer Oklahoma City metro residents and visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of exercises, foods and physical therapies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forty different exercise classes, running 30 minutes each; cooking demonstrations; and nutrition information is available. Health care professionals from metro clinics will be on hand. There also will be sweet and savory snacks from local food trucks.

“The health initiative is important for this city,” said Christy Duane, Oklahoma Gazette marketing director. “The obesity rate is obviously very high throughout Oklahoma. We want to expose metro Oklahomans to a variety of fitness, nutrition and health options in an accessible and fun way so they can live healthier lives.”

In addition to exploring activities you might have always wanted to check out, such as kickboxing, yoga, karate, pilates and rowing, the event also features a timed, one-mile run. The first 100 runners to sign up will receive a free T-shirt. Runners can start their mile anytime between 2 and 4 p.m., which leaves plenty of time to enjoy the other events.

Obesity currently afflicts 32.5 percent of the Oklahoma population, according to the 2013 report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, including 17.4 percent of 10-17-year-olds, 23.8 percent of 18-25-year-olds and 33.5 percent of 26-44-year-olds. That makes 1.25 million of us. Visit okgazette.com/readygazettego.

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