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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise Resources

Memorial Hermann


Educate, Exercise, Empower

Doctors empowering our community to get out and exercise. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, elevate your mood, and reduce your risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes. Join a doctor and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk with a Doc event. 

  • Walk with a Doc Physician @ Sugar Creek
  • Walk with a Doc @ Clark Park
  • Come walk and talk with a Memorial Hermann Doctor at Clark Park, 9718 Clark Rd., Houston, TX, every month. This walk is open to everyone! Lace up your favorite walking shoes and enjoy fresh air, good company and all the benefits that come from walking and talking with a Doc.
    For dates and times, please call 713-338-5997, or email
    Katherine Jolivette, MSHCM, AFAA,
    Community Program Manager-Exercise Specialist.

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IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute's Preparation for Exercise Program (PEP)

Put a little PEP in your step! The Preparation for Exercise Program (PEP) will help you take the first steps to developing a comprehensive exercise/physical activity plan. Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Performance Specialists will assess each individual’s readiness to train and create an action plan designed for your physical activities. The PEP is designed to allow participants access to convenient, affordable, safe, and effective exercise programming that will help accomplish their health-related goals.

The PEP is a one hour physical movement and aptitude session designed to help you get started on your exercise program. The program will include: A client history evaluation, modified movement screen, lower body functional strength test, upper body strength test, core strength endurance test, anaerobic endurance test, lifestyle counseling and the creation of an individualized action plan.

Cost: $35.00 (30 minute session)

For registration, call 713-897-7912 or contact

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Health and Fitness Programs in a Safe and Fun Environment

Our training centers have adult fitness programs designed for each individual's specific needs. We believe that physical activity leads to optimal health. Living healthy and participating in physical activity aids in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions. Our coaches have the education, experience and certifications to coach you through that journey in a fun, safe and supportive way. Click here for more information. 

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StepHealthy Walking Club

Take a walk every day at Clark Park, 9718 Clark Rd., Houston, Tx at 8:30am with a group of motivated walkers to improve your health and quality for life for a lifetime.

  • Join a group of walkers that are very passionate about walking for a healthier life.
  • Join us for a walk and get motivated to learn how to self-manage your health to help prevent and stop the progression of diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, stress and other chronic diseases.
  • Everyone will receive tools to help self-manage their health; and T-shirts to wear to represent their passion to make one step at a time to celebrate life!

To register please call 713.338.5997, or email:

Katherine Jolivette, MSHCM, AFAA
Community Program Manager-Exercise Specialist

Home, Family and Office Exercises


Life can get busy, and oftentimes we find ourselves traveling or otherwise unable to get to our preferred health and fitness facility for a workout. There are moves to help you stay on track, no matter where you find yourself. Using only your own body weight, these versatile moves can help you create a total-body workout that fits your needs and abilities in the comfort of your home. Click here for more information. Additionally, group fitness workout videos are available on YouTube.


Family Activity

Exercise is important for the family because it can lower heart risks, control weight and help kids do better in school. Additionally, it lets kids burn off some energy. Encouraging fitness at home and at family activities can go a long way toward helping children form healthy habits for life.

Kids may not yet understand the importance of exercise and being healthy. It is essential for parents to teach kids that moving can be fun and keeps us healthy. Set aside family time for having fun with activities that involve lots of moving around. When exercise feels like play, your whole family will enjoy it more and be more likely to keep doing it! Click here for more information.


You love your job! It's interesting, rewarding and challenging. It also might be hazardous to your health.

Office spaces are set up to minimize movement, making it easy to gain weight by too much sitting. Before you know it, you've gained 20, 30 or 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms). Besides increasing weight, desk jobs also can increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck, and can contribute to a general loss of muscle tone.

Stress at work can also impact your health. A survey by Yale University shows that 29 percent of workers feel "quite a bit or extremely stressed at work." [Source: CDC]. Stress can lead to depression, cardiovascular disease, a lack of energy and other health issues. Click here for 10 office exercises you can do at work.

Free Exercise Classes

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Harris County Precinct 1 – Seniors 55+ Fitness Classes

Stop by a Community Center near you and pick up a fitness calendar. The program’s mission is to enhance the well-being, good health and basic quality of life for all seniors living in Harris County Precinct One. Whether it’s working out at one of the many community centers' exercise sites, taking a computer class, participating in the writing and drama program, or attending a holiday program, you’ll find a fun, fulfilling environment designed just for you. There are also many monthly extras at each center such as birthday celebrations, important health topic information and scheduled day trips. Take a look at the web pages and links for more information about the programs offered or better yet, call at a community center near you. 

Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Free and low cost access to fitness equipment and classes at various Community Centers. Click here for more information.

Water Fitness (Summer Only): Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities one can take part in. Water aerobics builds cardio, strength and resistance all while being easy on the joints and in a cool and relaxing atmosphere. Great exercise for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions, with physician approval. Online registration starts in April.  


Pasadena Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs and activities for all age groups, ranging from youth activities to many classes offered at a discount to senior citizens. We also have programming for people living with disabilities.

Pasadena’s city parks and recreation centers offers amenities to suit virtually any recreational activity. The Park has excellent fields for little league and adult league baseball. Fisherman will enjoy an afternoon at Crenshaw Park, where the pond is amply stocked with catfish, bass and, in the wintertime, rainbow trout. There are numerous playgrounds and beautiful botanical parks and gardens located throughout the area.

Make waves at any of Pasadena’s three city pools, which offer open swim and swimming classes throughout the summer. And golfers will find quite a challenge at the Pasadena Municipal Golf Course.

Click here for calendar of events and activities.

Discovery Green

Discovery Green provides an urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves a source of health and happiness for citizens and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enriches life in Houston. Click here for a calendar of events.

Harris County Fitness Classes

Montgomery County – Free Spinning Classes

Free spinning classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Reduce Cost Exercise Classes

City of Sugarland Parks and Recreation

Membership Fee: $10.00 a year for Sugarland residents; $58.00 a year for non-residents

Seniors 50+

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Leisure Fitness Classes and Activities

Click the Parks and Recreation Playbook picture for the calendar of fitness classes and activities

Map your route for bike or walk in Sugarland

The Woodlands Community Parks

Click here to keep up with all the fun in The Woodlands anytime, anywhere.

Free Trails


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CityCentre Running Club

Free 5K fun run every Monday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo Bayou

Explore the great outdoors in Houston for a bike ride or a hike around Buffalo Bayou Park

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

155 acres of nature trails, ponds, wetland, ponds, wetland, forest and meadow habitats to explore; enjoy a stroll along miles of trails.



Financial help is available to join the YMCA. Learn more about the YMCA's Open Doors Financial Assistance for Programs

Youth Development: Values and skills learned early are vital building blocks for life. That makes for confident kids today.

Healthy Living: Being healthy means more than simply being physically active; it’s maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility: YMCA knows that when we work as one, we move people and communities forward.

Click here to find an exercise class near you.

Click here for general information on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Sailing Angels Foundation

Free recreational therapy and education for children with physical or mental disabilities or chronic illness, at-risk children, military veterans and active service, victims of domestic abuse and the bereaved. Click here to learn more.

Safe Routes to Walk/Bike to Schools

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Some communities have good conditions for walking, but parents don't feel comfortable letting their children – especially young ones – travel to school alone. For many of these parents, walking school buses may be the answer to this concern. Walking school buses are groups of children who walk designated routes to school under adult supervision, picking up kids along the way just like a bus. For some neighborhoods, it's a casual group walk, while others set up a formal plan with adults scheduled to walk on certain days. Help families get connected and launch a bus that's right for your community.

These resources all relate to the event itself – make sure you register your event to be counted in the national celebration, see who else is participating near you and learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety.


Map My Walk

With Map My Walk, you can create routes with desirable distance. identify routes nearby your location, track target heart rates for an effective workout and receive caloric calculations based on activity, time and distance. The app also includes nutritional value tracking. 

Virtuagym Online Fitness

Get in the best shape of your life with Virtuagym Fitness. Work out alongside a 3D-animated personal trainer, who will show you exactly how to do each exercise. Virtuagym has a continuously growing exercise database, currently with over 2500 exercises and many pre-made workouts which you can do at home or in the gym.

Check your local cable programming for Fitness Workouts on XFINITY/On Demand.