When it comes to social dancing, one of the biggest parts that scares people away is that it is “social,” meaning that people are expected to interact with others that they may have never met before. Once you go a couple of times, however, you will find that it is easier to move around, try something new, or push yourself a little bit further. Allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone and talk to someone new will increase your intrinsic motivation to come back as well as your social skills for future outings.
“What’s the hardest part of your workout?”
– Sarah C., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex
FALL Back into Your Fitness Goals
The end of summer can seem like a sad time of year, but there’s something about the cool, crisp air that can breathe some new life into your usual routine, especially when it comes to exercise. The heat and humidity are down which makes
those outdoor workouts more comfortable. Take advantage of the outdoors! Plan activities that involve being active. Go for a walk before or after work, go for a jog, or even sign up for a 5k race. One of my favorite fall activities is going for a hike. Hiking not only strengthens many of your muscles, but it also increases your cardiovascular endurance.
With the kids going back to school and the holiday season on its way, it is important to get ahead of the game and start exercising now. Outdoor workouts are great in the fall, however, so is going to the gym. Going to the gym can help you stay on track with your workouts. Getting involved in a variety of activities is key and you should make the most out of your time by doing more than just the machines in the gym. Take advantage of all that Dedham Health has to offer:
- Swimming: Swimming is such a great no-impact activity and is perfect for a complete, whole-body workout.
- Fitness Classes: There’s an energy you gather from other people when you workout in a class setting that you often don’t get working out by yourself.
- Work with an Exercise Physiologist: Fall is the perfect time to jump back into your goals and get your workouts on the right track from day one.
- Workout with a Buddy: If you feel intimidated or don’t like working out by yourself, bribe a friend into working out with you. Knowing you have to show up will keep you motivated.
– Brynne B., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex
Whether you are new to the gym, stuck in a routine, or unfamiliar to exercise, group fitness classes are for you.
One of the most important factors in an exercise routine is motivation. Sometimes when were are bored with a routine or unsure of what we should be doing, we become unmotivated. Being surrounded by individuals who are likeminded and dedicated is inspiring. Having an encouraging instructor helps, too. Group fitness classes are a great way to motivate you to step up your workout and try to push yourself harder.
Group fitness is a great way to get a workout in without having to plan anything or even think for that matter. Each class is structured and planned for you. Instructors will warm you up by getting your heart rate up, they will coach you through the workout step by step, correct your form if needed, cool you down to safely bring your heart rate back down, and stretch out your muscles.
There are so many different kinds of group fitness classes. When you bring variety to your weekly workout regimen, it creates confusion in your muscles which keeps your body guessing and ramps up your metabolism. It also keeps you from getting bored with your workouts.
Having something or someone to hold you accountable always will help! Whether it’s the class itself, the other participants in the class, or the instructor, you are expected to show up and work hard.
Group fitness classes are fun! You have great instructors, upbeat music, challenging workouts, and a group of people motivating each other throughout the class.
If you are looking to spice things up, change things around, or revamp your workouts- group fitness classes are just what you need. Check out our group fitness schedule here at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex, I promise you will enjoy it.
-Brynne B., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health