Welcome 2016! Even if you do not make New Years Resolutions, improving our health is always on the to do list. Just moving more is a good start, and making exercise a priority. I know there are many of you out there that have been meaning to come in and try out the studio, but life just keeps getting in the way. The New Year is a great opportunity to start fresh. It’s the ultimate Monday. If you have been wanting to make changes to your health or improve your fitness, there is no better time than now. I promise you the hardest part is getting started and it does not take too long for exercise to become addictive.
You already know the benefits of exercise. The key with exercise is to do it consistently. Some of us were blessed with the exercise gene and want to keep active without having to think about it. So often exercise is the first thing we take off our agenda when life gets busy, but that’s when we need it the most. Believe me I am the Queen of finding excuses not to exercise. For me I had to book myself into a class or with an instructor for a private session so that it is an appointment in my calendar, money would be lost if I did not attend. Someone expected me to be there, attending is the only option.
The Exercise Cure written by Dr. Jordan Metzl outlines the benefits of exercise in helping to reduce and even cure health issues from depression to cancer. What I really like from the book was the importance of moving even when you are injured or not feeling great. Dr. Metzl begins the book with his story. He had a knee injury and was advised by his Dr to “lay off it”. The result was depression. Later in life as he continued his education he came to understand that the best thing you can do with an injury is to keep moving. Exercising other body parts and staying within a safe range for the injured area has proven to speed up recovery. You’ve got to keep the blood flowing so the muscles, bones and joints can regenerate and recover faster.
Dr. Metzl also outlines in his book the importance to workout every day. As he says, “from cave to farm fields [our ancestors] got their butts out the door early and sweated all day.” The Key is to work your body in a functional manner. To choose a workout each day that provides a different experience for your body and does not over exert or damage your body. If you have an intense workout, mix it up with a gentle workout.
The book outlines different health issues and recommends how to prevent or resolve them with exercise. Intense aerobic exercise helps reduce anxiety. 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise in a Norwegian study reduced the need of medication in patients who suffer from depression.
@ The Barre we provide many options to fit your fitness needs. Our schedule is set up so that you could attend a class everyday without over doing it. We have training in dealing with injuries and special populations. A bad back should not keep you from class, in fact a mat class or reformer class would be just the thing you need. Over do it at the gym? YogiBarre will provide you with the stretch and movement to help your muscle recover. Looking for fat burning interval training? Barre classes are for you.
Now is the time to get started or to come back to the studio. Make your health a priority in 2016. Contact us to try a class!