If you made a goal to get fitter this year, chances are, you’re behind. It happens to the best of us. January is dragging ever-onwards, and you’re already starting to skip gym sessions. Even when you do go, you’re getting into the habit of cutting sessions short because you can’t be bothered.
First, it’s important to note that this is normal. I can guarantee you that everyone who made a fitness goal for the new year is in the same boat. Consider practical ways you can address the problem before you let go of your goal altogether. For some, setting a timer for exercise may be all it takes. For others, more drastic action may be necessary.
If you fall into this latter group, you may find it beneficial to join an exercise class at your gym. These provide an incentive you may be unable to give yourself. Once you’ve paid for the sessions, you’ll most likely attend even if it’s just to get your money’s worth. You may also find that exercising with others is your best chance to push yourself (it’s impossible for me to workout alone).
The good news is, there are plenty of classes available. If you aren’t sure about your options, sites like Club Fitness can teach you more about what’s out there. Given that you’re a beginner, though, you may find that one of these three choices works best for you.
Yoga is maybe the best option for those new to group exercise. That’s because it’s a workout method which focuses on self-care and doing what feels good. As such, you can rest easy that even a mixed ability class isn’t going to push you too far. In many ways, yoga classes offer the ideal opportunity for you to explore your limits.
Attending on a regular basis can also help you build stamina, which might be what you lack most at this stage. Once you’ve built yourself up, you may find that you don’t dread exercise half as much as you did at the start of the year.
If yoga doesn’t get your heart pumping enough, why not try spinning classes? Spin bikes can help you pursue a bike riding passion, irrelevant of the fact that it’s winter! This is an ideal beginning class because it frees you up to take things at your pace. There are no routines to keep on top of. You won’t even need to fight to keep up with others in your class. Instead, you’ll be able to stay at the heart of your class, even if you’re most comfortable peddling at a slow pace.
Zumba is another favorite class for those just starting. That’s because this is a fun and efficient way to improve your fitness levels. Unlike many dance classes, this fun alternative is aimed towards as many people as possible. As such, there’s no need for a knowledge of intricate dance moves to get going. As long as you can move to a rhythm, you’re sure to fit right into any classes like these!
Whatever fitness feels best for you is perfect! The point is to get up and get moving, no matter how you do it.
- What’s your favorite kind of fitness?
- Was fitness one of your New Years resolutions?
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