Fitness: The Extra’s
Whether you’re looking to join a gym, start a new fitness routine or want to get some equipment for your own use, here’s the best of the best. Finding a workout regimen you really enjoy is a lot like dating (really). Say you are thinking about incorporating Zumba into your workout routine. Enjoying an activity is like enjoying someone’s company. Do you feel good afterwards or you dread having to do it again/see that person again? Are you getting something good out of your relationship with Zumba? Does it have a positive effect on your life—it doesn’t stress you out to have to think about doing it again.
Yeah, I get it. It can be hard to find something you enjoy and want to do it more than once but once you throw on your cute workout clothes (another motivator), you’ll be in it and over with it in no time. So unlike a bad date you’re trying to get away from, here are ways for you to get the best results at the gym or at home whether you have a lot or a little bit of time and space.
The Gym of Dreams
When searching for the gym of your dreams, don’t look for fancy juice bars or a shop that sells the latest protein bar as soon as you enter. Although those are fun (but useless) perks, you should really look for the things that’ll get you moving. Look for machines like a couple of treadmills, a bike and an elliptical. No workout routine is complete without a little weight lifting so check for a free weights area with machines like the leg press machine and a captain’s chair so you can turn that pizza last night into surfboard abs #iwokeuplikedis. The plus side with gyms other than feeling awesome after you leave it is that, much like private studios, they offer other classes in specialized settings and techniques. So if you really did want to see if you and Zumba are compatible, look for a gym that offers Zumba classes and other classes like cardio kickboxing, step and spin to add some variety to your routine.
The Portable Gym
So you want to bring the gym to you, or at least with you when you travel. When I travel, I always have a couple go-tos: resistance bands in 7 different levels, a jump rope, a yoga mat, mini exercise bands (for around the ankle) and a ball. I swear I’m not crazy for carrying all of these things, they make a hell of a difference when you’re desperate for time or space.
Carrying resistance bands with you is like taking along the whole free weights area of the gym. You can perform strength-training exercises without the weights and get a full-body workout by adding just a little intensity. Mini workout bands can provide the same strength training but are best when you wrap them around your ankle for a quick leg strengthening workout. Before you start a workout though, you might want to get your heart rate up and instead of running around your hotel room or through city streets, grab your jump rope and get to it. Who cares what the downstairs guests think? PowerB!tches need to get their exercise on.
Travelling can also be stressful and a yoga mat gives you the soft, cushy space to spread out and stretch. You don’t have to do yoga on it, you can use it as a place to work out as your little space. A ball that you can just pump with air is a great way to get in some ab workouts too. Just sit on the ball while working at your desk or crunch away while watching T.V.
Time nor Space
When all else fails, or you have no space, buy some fitness DVDs, take up yoga piloxing videos, strength training sessions or other videos that can easily help you work up a sweat regardless of how much space you have. There are a bazillion fitness gurus with DVDs out there and all you have to do is press play and sweat.
There are no excuses now that you know a workout can happen anywhere! So pull up a video, get your heart going with your jump rope or run it out on the treadmill. Whatever you do, try to find something you enjoy and stick to it. Fitness is just that one extra step away, so take a risk and work it out!