How to Stay Active After the Time Change
Staying active after the time change is a huge struggle (for me at least). I know during the summer we are all excited and energized by the sun and vitamin D flooding through us. As soon as those days turn darker I feel an immediate drop in motivation. It is cold in the morning and dark by the time I get off work. It makes it hard to get out and go for a run, walk, or just get out of the house during the winter.
I find one of the easiest ways to combat this is to experience some studio classes. These get you indoors, they have a set time you commit too, and you have to sign up to attend most of them. I find these types of commitments much harder to break. You also get the option to try many different places. Many studios will offer a free week or two to first time members. I have three studios I have recently committed to. They are going to help continue my exercise effort well past the holidays and into the New Year!
This is a Yoga Studio located in Carlsbad, Ca right near Camden Old Creek. They have many different classes offered throughout the day. They offered me ten free days to begin. Yet, I immediately signed up for an unlimited monthly membership. I love Hot Yoga and Bikram style yoga. This studio is one of my favorites because they offer evening classes by candlelight. What is more relaxing than hot yoga lit by candlelight at the end of a long day?
Pure Barre is in Mission Viejo minutes from Camden Crown Valley. Pure Barre also offered a free week at the time I signed up. I purchased a Groupon though for an unlimited month. I had wanted to try Barre for a long time. This class is amazing. It is definitely challenging and your lower body will 100% feel it! This is a lot more strength training than cardio. You do work up a sweat but your muscles will be doing the majority of the work.
Full Psycle has many different studios throughout California. I have tried a few spin classes before and nothing has ever compared to the Full Psycle experience. This class is pure cardio mixed with super high energy. The whole studio has a night club feel to it. The instructors are motivating and push you to continuing bettering yourself. The play lists are loud with heavy beat drops so it is easy to get into the rhythm of the music. The lights are low with bright, club lights that flash in time with the music. The instructors incorporate weights into the work out to give you a full body experience. They add push-ups, shoulder presses, crunches, and many more things I never knew you could do on a bike. This class is part strength training, part cardio, and full on workout. I leave this class knowing I did my best each time.
I know it is hard to learn different places in an area, especially if you are new to a community. Class Pass helps you try many different boutique studios throughout the area for one price monthly. Check them out for their current special! Katie Kerkhoff told us about a spin class she attends in Atlanta, Ga, Cyclebar. Is there something specific you do during the winter to stay active, healthy, and practice self-care? Share your solutions to those winter nights in the comments; we can all use a little motivation and fresh ideas!
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