If you've been working out for a while, there are probably some fitness “rules” that you’ve either learned from a trainer or in an exercise class, or maybe just from a friend, that have stuck with you. But there may be other aspects of your workout that you aren’t considering.
“I’m going to work out.” That seems like a simple enough statement. Throw your sneakers on, head out to your favorite running trail or your local gym and break a sweat. Just moving your body is a win. In that way, exercising really can be that straightforward.
The word “aerobic” may conjure thoughts of leg warmers, leotards and those intense exercise videos from the eighties, but aerobic exercise is really any activity that gets your heart pumping and burns calories. When done regularly, your body reaps benefits that go far beyond just heart health.
Too little time or motivation to make the trip often gets in the way of getting the most from a gym membership, which is why at-home exercise is the first choice for many people. When choosing among the countless personal fitness gear options out there, consider our favorites.
You joined a gym, but after the first few weeks, didn’t seem to make it there as often as you’d like. You signed up for a month of unlimited spin classes, but have only been to three. You promised yourself you’d walk for at least 30 minutes every day, but plans got in the way.
Choosing a gym that is kept clean with well-maintained equipment is a good first step to protecting yourself, and there are plenty of things you can do once you’re there to avoid germs and work out safely.
When you take a wellness vacation, like visiting us at Canyon Ranch, you enjoy the gift of time to do what you like in an environment that promotes nurturing yourself, eating well and exercising.
Even if a workout is convenient or effective, it’s hard to stick with it if it doesn’t inspire, excite and motivate you. Different things inspire different people. Find exercise that you’ll not only truly enjoy, but stick with.
Every moment of the day and night our bodies are using (or storing) the energy we get from the food and drinks we take in. While small actions and minimal movement require some calories, we have to move a lot more intensely to burn what we eat and drink to maintain a healthy weight.