I’ve heard people complain about never having time for the gym. Or they don’t have the funds for a gym membership. I completely understand! I have been in the same position!
Transitioning from marketing to teaching I quit my job to take classes full time to get my teaching license. I canceled my gym membership to save money till I started working again. But I’m not one to sit around and not workout. I needed to do something. Every day I would take my dog out for a long walk. I hate running but walking I can do! My pup and I would walk for an hour a day. Some people laugh and say walking does nothing for you. But that’s actually incorrect.
In addition to a healthy diet, walking can do so much for you. Here are a few benefits:
✴️ Improves your mood
✴️ Improves circulation
✴️ Helps with weight loss (burns calories)
✴️ Can reduce arthritis pain
✴️ Manages high blood pressure
✴️ Improves balance and coordination
✴️ Reduces stress
✴️ Boosts your immune system
In addition to these, walking gives you time to think! If you’re someone who likes time to themselves every so often, walking is a great break away.
Have a young child? Put them in the stroller. Have older kids? Make them walk down to the park with you. Have them kick a ball or play a game while you walk around the park!
Even just 30 minutes a day can do you more good than nothing at all. Get your body moving! 🏃♀️
I had a friend talk me into trying out Orangetheory with her. She’s had a membership for a while and loves it. She’s also the one who talked me into going to SoulCycle. I knew nothing about Orangetheory so I figured why not give it a try.
If you’ve never been it’s basically circuit training. They had us using the rowers, treadmills, bosu balls and free weights. Apparently it’s different every class. For the first twenty minutes I would say I hated the class. I like knowing what I’m in for and what to expect. I felt like I was trying to find my way for the first part. After a bit I got into the flow of things and started to relax and get into my workout.
There is a large screen and it shows everyone stats as they’re going. I like but hate this. I like being able to see my own stats but seeing others compared to mine brought out my competitive side. They have colors for heart rate zones. Grey(lowest), blue, green, orange and red(highest). The goal is to keep your color in the orange. Every so often the instructor calls out everyone’s names who are in the orange to praise them. I didn’t hear my name one of the times which pissed me off. (There’s my competitive side.) No I wasn’t pissed at her, I was pissed at myself so I pushed harder to get my heart rate in that orange target zone.
After the class ended my friend asked how I liked it. I honestly felt indifferent. I really feel like I need to go again and give it a second chance. The confusion at the beginning, trying to find my way, really threw me off. However, like I said I did start to like it eventually. So it looks like I’m going back to give them another try. That way I can really give them a fair chance now that I know what I’m in for.
As I said before, I HATE group classes. I didn’t love this group setting but it definitely could have been worse. My class was small (8 people) which I didn’t mind too much. Apparently during busy times the class can have up to 20 or so. That would not work well with me. Too many people to “compete” against. Lol 😂 At least I’m honest right!?!
If you’re thinking about trying Orangetheory I’d say go for it. Again, I’m indifferent. Hopefully once I give them a second try I’ll be able to decide whether it’s something I could continue doing on occasion or just push of to the side as a “well I tried.” So for now my opinion of them is to be continued……
Yesterday I went with a friend to try out SoulCycle. I am one of those people who HATES group classes. I am extremely competitive by nature so I am always internally competing with everyone around me in the class. While this sounds like it might be a good thing, it’s not. I’m so focused on pushing harder or doing better than the others that I lose sight of the actual workout. I end up being more stressed during the workout than when I actually came in!
Surprisingly this wasn’t the case at SoulCycle! I LOVE how the room is kept very dark. You can just make out figures of people so it can be kind of hard to see how fast or slow others are petaling. This was great for me because not being able to see everyone else forced me to focus on myself! I had a blast! The workout was intense but not draining. I don’t know that I’ve ever sweated that much in my life! I was honestly impressed with myself for keeping up as well as I did. I seriously can’t wait to go back! It’s actually got me wondering if other cycle classes are similar and if I’d like them to! I’m still not into the idea of group classes (due to my own competitiveness) but this style I may stick with! 😉😂
If you’ve never tried SoulCycle, it is a little pricey compared to other cycle classes. It’s because you’re paying for a class and the shower facility. If you use the showers and all the fancy soaps, razors, etc that they have available you are definitely getting your money’s worth. If you just go for the class and leave then yes it’s a bit over priced. I won’t go multiple times a week but a few times a month I would totally do!