Health and Wellness

How Do I Start Exercising Regularly?

by ERIKA ANGEL

I am often approached by random women, who without asking, tell me all about their eating habits and fitness disappointments.   I have come to the conclusion that most people just have no clue what to do in the gym, which is totally understandable. So, many of us naturally choose to settle for some form of cardio on the boring treadmill or elliptical, which most likely will lead toinconsistency and fewer trips to the gym.

As I think back to the beginning of my fitness journey,  I had no idea what to do nor how to do it.  It wasn’t until a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness told me to start by attending group classes, that I really started to fall in love with the idea of going to the gym.  I started by attending a few Body Pump, Cycling, and Zumba classes a week and absolutely fell in love!!!  The classes were fun but challenging; they gave me the right tools I needed to be able to adventure out to using free weights and machines.

So if you are unsure on how to start your fitness and health journey,  here are some group classes that will get you right:

  1.  Spin/Cycling Class at your local gym —This is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) method. 45 -60 minutes of high intense pedaling!  The classes usually have great music and an energetic motivating instructor.  It’s challenging but you will burn over 500 calories!  I attend 2-3 times a week and I’m usually dripping in sweat by the end of it!  (Check out the sweaty pics at the top)
  2. Body Pump—-Total body workout!  This is for any one looking to get fit, lean and toned! Using light to moderate weight with high reps, you will burn up to 540 calories during an 1 hour session.  It’s usually offered at your local gym 3 times a week.
  3. Boxing Class— if boxing was offered at my gym I would literally do it every day! Boxing classes typically not only puts you through intense jab combinations, butalso layers in core and strength training.

Take a friend and try a class; I think you will enjoy it!

Live the Good Life.

E

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