Sorry, but I will never be one to go to a spinning class.

I Don't Care How Popular Spin Classes Are, I'm Never Taking One

I would rather get on a physical bike than compete against others on a stationary one.

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One of the funniest scenes in Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" was when she fell off her bike in Spin Class and hit her head. Granted, I cringed during that entire scene, but I kept thinking, "God, I would never want to take a class like that." Maybe because knowing myself I would be the one to fall off a stationary bike.

Frankly, I think the trend of spinning is overrated. You are sitting in a dark room with god awful pop music blaring and competing against other women. None of those elements seems appealing to me. One of the greatest things about biking is the ability to be outside. If you are like me who hates to run but wants to be outside, then shouldn't a bike be a great alternative to working out? How is peddling in a dark, cold gym beneficial to your health? Not to mention you are sitting down for the workout. Doctors are now saying "Sitting is the new smoking" so tell me how peddling on a stationary bike is at all healthy?

Another bone to pick with these spin classes are the promo shots. No one looks that good after "cycling" for 45 minutes. After I finish an hour of cardio my hair is flying in different directions, my face is red, and I am dripping with sweat. The last thing I want is an instructor acting cheery and perky while looking like she stepped out of a soul cycle add. Nobody can look that good after working out.

I do not think my dread for this fitness trend stems from the fact it's the group exercise. I think it is that everyone is expected to stand up and peddle at the same speed. I have no problems with other group exercises. I love yoga and pilates and thrive in an environment that stresses the importance of honoring your body. Working out is supposed to be part physical and part meditative, but there is nothing reflective or meditative about competing against other members in a class. The worst part, the trainers and coaches are practically screaming at you to hype up your energy. Frankly, spinning seems to be more dangerous than beneficial.

I understand that spinning is a great cardiovascular workout, and for some people, it might be the perfect work out. Nonetheless, I highly doubt you are truly competing against yourself, instead vying to be the best in the class and competing against the other attendees. However, I know that it is not the right workout for me. I would overdevelop my legs and look like a football player, something I am not interested in. Whether or not you like spinning, make sure to find an instructor who knows what they are doing.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Relaxing Physical Activity For The Person Who Loves Competition

How rock climbing changed my view on what it means to challenge yourself.

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I recently went rock climbing with my friends and walked away excited, proud, and craving more. In high school, I participated in competitive activities like tennis or tryouts to make the band. While I love these activities and don't see them leaving my life anytime soon, rock climbing changed my perspective on what accomplishment can feel like.

In sports, especially when competing in tournaments or for a spot, the fun of the game can be overshadowed by not-too-friendly competitors. It makes sense because everyone is fighting to win and prove that they deserve to be on the team. However, the relationship between everyone becomes more invested in maintaining a position than having fun and creating a family. Don't get me wrong, I love this highly-competitive arena, but rock climbing was the first time I had done something where I did not feel the need to compete with those around me.

One of my best friends coaxed me into going to a place about an hour away from my home. I was nervous to climb in front of others since it was my first time in years, however, my friend assured me it would be fine. It turns out she was 100% correct! We went with two other girls who were both very experienced and belayed us up and down walls. They were extremely supportive, and my best friend and I found ourselves attempting to defeat walls we never would have dreamed of climbing alone.

Climbing can definitely be competitive, but when surrounded by the right people, it gives you a chance to grow. It taught me that my biggest competition is with myself. My nervousness to embarrass myself in front of others was holding me back. When I truly started feeling comfortable, the main competitor was the wall. I found myself feeling like I was on a team that did not need to compete with each other but wanted everyone to succeed at their own rates. It was a great experience to feel fully supported and encouraged without the side order of having to constantly maintain rank.

I would recommend rock climbing to any overly competitive person like myself! It helps you challenge your own boundaries instead of other's and will help you to reflect on what it means to challenge yourself, mind and body, and how you work to overcome obstacles.

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