The New Orleans Exercist: Sleigh this workout


Live reindeer rampage down Canal Street during the annual Reindeer Run & Romp this weekend. - COURTESY DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
  • Live reindeer rampage down Canal Street during the annual Reindeer Run & Romp this weekend.

Ham. Turkey. Cranberry sauce. Apple cider. Cookies. Pie. Fruitcake. Buche de Noel. So many traditional Christmas foods, but only one traditional Christmas workout: the holiday fun run. Fortunately, New Orleans has two this week. We’re gonna need it. Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy:

- Tonight's the night (Dec. 7) for A Night with Africa Yoga Project, a benefit event for the Kenyan yoga charity at Propeller (4035 Washington Ave., 504-564-7816; AYP teacher Margaret Njeri speaks and there’s live music, cocktails and a lengthy list of raffle prizes. (No actual yoga, however.)

- Actual yoga: Vino & Vinyasa is back at Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 504-488-5488; on Tuesday evening (Dec. 8). Stay after class for a wine tasting. The suggested donation is $5.

- Eggnog shake it off at the Holly Jolly Zumba Party at Metairie’s Premier Fitness (1909 Airline Dr., Metairie, 504-208-1378; on Wednesday (Dec. 9). You don’t have to be a gym member — it’s free with a non-perishable food donation.

- City Surf (5924 Magazine St.; holds its formal grand opening party with margaritas and raffles from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 11). Read the New Orleans Exercist’s review of the stationary indoor surfing workout.

- With a forecast high of 79 degrees, that Santa hat looks awfully warm for the Warehouse District’s Running of the Santas and Canal Street’s kid-friendly Reindeer Run & Romp on Saturday (Dec. 12). Tickets are $15 and $12, respectively.

- Spare yourself the downtown holiday fun run traffic debacle by riding your bike — to the Lafitte Greenway Bike & Bash at Lemann Playground (628 N. Claiborne Ave.) on Saturday afternoon. Trick out your ride at the bike decoration station and cruise to Parkway Bakery for $5 po-boys and refreshments. Hey Now Hooping sponsors hula hooping and James Andrews performs before and after the family-friendly ride and walk.

- Kung fu grandmaster Shi Deru hosts a series of seminars at Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi (4210 St Claude Ave., 504-944-1880; this week. The main event is the Shaolin Chan KungFu Legacy competition at the Carver Theater on Saturday, but there are also workshops on meditation, women’s self-defense, kung fu for law enforcement and sanda, or Chinese kickboxing. Tickets vary; some events are free, including a session on how to run your own kung fu school, should you be so inclined.

- Laura Stein’s Work It Out hip-hop dance class, usually at Dancing Grounds, pops up at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave., 504-568-6993) on Saturday. Work it for free at 12:30 p.m.

Tour Cycle Studio, a new spin studio, is now open in the Warehouse District at 860 Tchoupitoulas St. Indoor cycling isn’t cheap, but you can take your first “tour” for $10.

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