Exercise has always been an important part of my life and I feel that lately it has become essential in dealing with the daily stress of life, work and family. I have had battles with anxiety issues since I was sixteen years old and I find that spending that hour, even a half hour, if I can get it, helps control my anxiety, helps calm me and overall just makes me feel better. And for any of you with kids running around the house, you know how hard it is to find the time to exercise but it is so important to my overall health that you must get in a regiment where you will yourself to find that time.
Ideally, I exercise at least 5 times a week. Two of those are weight training workouts for an hour, focusing on all different muscle groups. I’ve noticed an increase in my strength since reintroducing weights into my routine.
One of the best gifts from my husband was my Peloton bike. I ride that 3-4 times a week. What’s great about Peloton is that they offer all types of classes both live and recorded on a TV screen right in front of you, so you have an instructor pushing you, just like you were in the studio. Another great advantage with Peloton is I get to workout at my house. Trying to find a sitter, signing up for a class, leaving on time, etc. all the excuses are gone, just commit yourself to find the 30 minutes and off you go!
I have friends that love taking Barre classes. I have yet to do so, but they all swear by them. Barre classes are supposed to help develop long and lean muscles. I love that anyone at any age can do barre classes. It’s also supposed to help with flexibility and balance. Why I’m really interested in trying barre is because it tones your core, legs, and arms. After having two kids, I will try anything to help strengthen my core. I have yet to do so, but they all swear by them. I’m going to have to try it out and let you know my experience. Any of you take Barre? Let me know in your comments below.