While parents willing to invest in improving their health and fitness, child care is one of the primary factors in determining the feasibility of acquiring a membership at a local D.C. gym. Health and fitness are important but just who will be available to care for the children when you want to get your sweat on? Local area gyms are making it easier for parents to stay on top of their fitness game by making their facilities welcoming to children. Here is a list of some of D.C.’s best local gyms that provide child care as a major incentive for many parents to get in the gym.

VIDA Fitness – The Yards
1212 4th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 554-0444
www.vidafitness.com/theyards

VIDA Fitness is a growing leader of upscale health and fitness with six convenient locations in Washington, D.C. The location near D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront is spacious, beautiful, contemporary, and provide a bright, fun and stimulating child care component its facility so that parents can stay fit, absorb all the fabulous services and keep the children close by. Children can have fun with play time, stimulating learning project that will keep them busy while mom or dad workout. There is not much doubt that kids will love the ultra-contemporary facility as much as the children. Many different things to do while the kids are occupied in their own little world created just for them at VIDA.

MINT (Dupont)
1724 California St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-6468
www.mintdc.com

MINT is as appealing from the outside as it is the inside but one thing you don’t see is that they provide child care for its members.  Seven days a week, you can choose to take advantage of MINT’s many fitness programs and services in its chic facility with your children just steps away. Parents may register and purchase per visit child care or purchase a membership/child care plan. Because the child care room is limited to 10 children at a time or if the ratio of children to staff becomes too great, reservations have to be made in advance. Children from the ages of four months – 12 years are welcome and MINT provides great security, care, and fun for the children while mommy or daddy workout.

Results Gym (Capitol Hill) 
315 G St., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 234-5678
www.resultsthegym.com

What many people may not know about D.C. is that Capitol Hill is not just home to Congress and the myriad of lawmakers in the nation but also a great location for fitness facilities that provide child care. Results Gym on Capitol Hill is widely known for their affordable membership prices and high intensity workout classes. Their babysitting services come with very affordable price tag with half with a 2 hour maximum care services. The staff is CPR certified to keep your children safe so you won’t worry while you exercise.

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Northwest Sport & Health Club

4001 Brandywine St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 244-6090
www.sportandhealth.com

Sport & Health Club is devoted to the development of an environment of motivation and excellent customer services. Their efforts are also reflected in their encouragement for members to take advantage of their Kidz Klub & child care services. Sports & Health is a bright, energetic, caring environment for children to be when mom and dad need to get a workout in, so bring in the little tykes and teens and enjoy a great workout.

Rock Creek Sports Club

8325 Grubb Road
Silver Spring, MD. 20910
(301) 587-4447
www.rockcreeksportsclub.com

Rock Creek Sports Club, an independently owned sports club located just outside of D.C. in Silver Spring, MD, provides creative and caring environment for children 6 week – 8 years old. Many of the sports club’s child care staff members are experienced child care professionals and have been with the club for several years cultivating a bond of trust with both parents and children. For a very small per visit or monthly pass fee, parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are just steps away while they are getting physically stronger. The club also offers youth fitness classes geared encouraging physical fitness and overall wellness.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at Examiner.com. In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at Examiner.com.