It doesn’t take a lot of money to get fit.
The local chapter of No Excuse Mom, a group of women who meet regularly to exercise, swap healthy recipes and motivate one another, will host a free workout Jan. 16 near the volleyball courts on the north side of Zilker Park.
Better yet, the group offers ongoing free workouts, an online support community and recipes, all served up to busy women looking for camaraderie, motivation and balance in their lives.
Maria Kang-Casler, who founded the No Excuse Mom movement in California in 2013, will lead the Jan. 16 session in Austin and join the group for dinner afterward. (Cost of dinner is $20; register here.). The workout begins at 4 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Texican Cafe, 4141 S. Capitol of Texas Highway.
All women are welcome at No Excuse Mom events, including those who don’t have children, says Edith Salazar, who started the Austin chapter in 2014.
“We are a group of moms who motivate each other, but we can take our motivation to any woman. If they can get inspired by moms, we welcome them to our group as long as they want to be healthier,” Salazar says.
The Austin chapter, which includes a north and south group, offers regularly scheduled free workouts at various locations. Most take place outdoors, but the group also teams with local fitness studios like Orange Theory Fitness and Tetra Fitness, which invite the women into their gyms.
The Austin group has more than 800 members. They exercise together, share recipes and participate in home fitness challenges. For Christmas, for example, they tackled something called the 25 Days of Fitmas, a progressive workout that wrapped up with 25 repetitions of 25 different exercises.
“Everything is free – workouts, meetups, challenges and recipes. It’s all free,” Salazar says.
The No Excuse Mom Group is funded by the nonprofit Fitness Without Borders. For more information, go here. For more information about the Jan. 16 event go here. Salazar, along with Andrea Glick, who now serves as the North Austin leader, will be on hand.