Sunday, March 24, 2013

Switch It Up

Just like eating the same thing every day can get boring, so can doing the same type of physical exercise.  Whether you religiously hit the treadmill for a run or ride your bike along the trails, it’s good to switch it up every once in a while.  Not only will you start utilizing new muscle groups, but you might find a new way to stay fit that keeps it exciting.  

If you belong to a gym, utilize their free classes.   I have no rhythm and I think I am finally going to give in and try Zumba with the girls from work.  I figure laughing at me trying to dance will burn even more calories!  We also offer an Aqua Zumba class that I can’t wait to try out.  I have never tried Cross Fit, but I know they have some raging fans out there.  I also have some friends who love Barre classes, although I have never been. 

I do love the Body Pump classes.  It’s an intense hour, but you really get to work all of the major muscle groups including back, triceps, biceps, legs, and abs.   It’s great because you can start off with 1 small weight on your bar and work up as you progress.  I promise you aren’t going to bulk up like those professional bodybuilders, that takes hard work and 1 or 2 body pump classes a week isn’t going to do that.  And call me crazy but I actually kinda enjoy the muscle fatigueness/soreness and I can promise you I feel it about 24 hours later with Body Pump.  And those wonderful foam rollers can work out any pain! 

One of my coworkers teaches a Spinning class which are also adjustable to your own skill level.  I know my level 8 on the bike is much different than the pro’s in my class, but I know I am still getting a great workout.  It does give you a sore butt you will get used to it the longer you spin.  I love the camaraderie in the classes.  It’s easy to get discouraged when it gets hard, and you can be motivated by everyone around you pushing themselves too. 

I have taken some Yoga classes at the gym and also a park in town has outdoor classes on the weekend and I love the change of scenery.  It amazed me in my first yoga class how hard it was, they make it look so easy!  Balance is not one of my strong suits, but I am working on it. 

On Friday night I even tried Belly Dancing with some girlfriends.  I couldn’t believe how much it worked my core and my arms and I felt more confident as the hour went on. 

Make sure if it’s your first time at a class of that type to arrive a little earlier and tell your instructor so they can show you how to use the equipment properly and not hurt yourself.  And, if you don’t like the class, no worries, pick another one next time.  It’s all about finding something that works for you. 

What classes do you like?    

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE BodyPump and Barre! I just bought new cycling shoes so I should start loving cycle again. When are you joining me for Amanda's BP?