Health and Wellness

Annapolis Recreation and Parks offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages at reasonable prices. From athletic leagues to yoga classes to fencing, there are a number of programs that can meet your recreational interests. For the very young or the young-at-heart, keep up with our latest activities by joining our e-mail list. You may also email Jennifer Rafiq at for additional questions or suggestions.

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Five Benefits of Exercise & Nutrition


If you eat healthy, small snacks and meals throughout the day, you'll keep your blood sugar from crashing and feel more energetic. If you hit the gym for 30 minutes each day, you'll have the added benefit of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a natural mood booster.

Weight Control

Losing weight and keeping it off takes a combination of eating fewer calories and burning more energy. Eat nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats and other proteins that will fill you up. Integrate physical activity into your everyday routine in addition to scheduled exercise. For instance, take the stairs at work or park at the far end of the lot.


If you exercise vigorously for 30 minutes a day, you may find you sleep much more soundly at night. A good night's rest will improve your mental acuity and energy levels the next day.


There is nothing like running farther or improving your physique to boost your self-esteem. Take time to enjoy your new healthy lifestyle. Update your wardrobe and enroll in a cooking class. Keep fitness fun and interesting by trying something new -- go for a hike, take a martial arts course or register for a 5K.


Regular exercise and good nutrition may ameliorate or prevent a myriad of conditions including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and depression. Consult your physician to make sure your diet and exercise plans are compatible with your medications and health conditions.