For more info on Parks and Recreation fitness classes call (302) 736-7050.

Between working, house work, family and the daily grind, many people just don’t have the time to hit the gym when the work day is over. The City of Dover Parks & Recreation department is offering a way for locals to balance work and fitness with their lunchtime fitness classes at the Dover Public Library.

“I think the classes are working because, especially with working families, it’s an opportunity for you to take some ‘me’ time,” said Sherwanda Rachal-Speaks, recreation specialist with the City of Dover Parks & Recreation department. “When people get off work they have to rush home, cook dinner, take care of their families. This gives them the opportunity to get their fitness in as part of their routine without having to wait until after work.”

Two fitness classes are being offered at the Dover Public Library during the lunch hour. Lunchtime Butts and Guts will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this Monday and running through July 24, with a second session being offered from Aug. 5-28. The activity fee for this class is $25. Butts and Guts is designed to help participants tone and break a sweat, Rachal-Speaks said.

The second lunchtime fitness class is Lunchtime Yoga 101. Classes are offered from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday and Wednesday, starting Monday and running through July 24. Like Butts and Guts, the yoga August classes will also start on Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 28.  The activity fee for Lunchtime Yoga is also $25.

Yoga is a good lunchtime work out because it helps to clear the mind and relax the body, said  Rachal-Speaks.

“All of the activities offer stress relief, along with trying to help improve health,” she said.

With lunchtime classes offered, downtown employees can come to the library during their lunch hour, work off some stress and return to work feeling rejuvenated, Rachal-Speaks said.

There are also evening fitness classes offered at the library. Yoga 101 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 7:45 p.m. starting Tuesday and will run through July 30, with the exception of July 4. Another session will start again on Aug. 1 and run through Aug. 27. The fee is $25.

Zumba Gold, a low impact dance-based workout class, will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. starting Monday and will run through July 24. August classes will begin on Aug. 5 and will run through Aug. 28. The activity fee for Zumba is $40.

Participants are enjoying the location of the classes, said Dover Public Library Director Marjorie Cyr.

“The feedback that we’re getting is that people attending fitness classes like the centralized location of class,” Cyr said. “They appreciate the ability to come to the library for that.”

The collaboration between Parks & Recreation and the Dover Library has been good for both city departments, according to Cyr.

“We are both city departments and the city departments like to be able to support each other,” she said. “Parks & Rec was short on space and asked us if we would accommodate some of their needs. I think it’s brought people in that wouldn’t necessarily have come in. It’s a good thing for the library.

The residents of Dover were also in mind when the classes were created, said Rachal-Speaks.

“Because our constituents are the Dover residents we take an interest in their overall health,” she said. “We just want to make sure that they’re healthy.”