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Winter Workouts to Warm You Up

Staying active even on those dark, winter days...

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The winter is notorious for making people sleepy and unmotivated. There's less light during the day and the cold weather is sometimes like a plague weighing down on your eyelids, making sleep the only answer. However, there are a bunch of fun ways to get moving and stay active even after the sun sets. They're actually enjoyable, which will make getting out of bed or the house to go, that much easier and fun! Grab a workout buddy and try one of these today!

Pilates

Great for leaning out, burning out small muscles, toning, and a full body workout. There's reformer, which is done primarily laying down on a machine, and barre, which is done at a ballet barre. Both have little or no equipment, as it emphasizes the effectiveness of bodyweight exercises.

Spin

Most widely known by the mega-brand SoulCycle, spin classes are also gentle on muscles/tendons while giving you an intense sweat sesh!

OrangeTheory

This workout class is a combination of cardio and strength, with time being split between treadmill intervals and the rowing machine. There are variations of both the cardio and strength portion that will keep each class interesting and challenging!

Rock Climbing

Targeting your inner child (or monkey), this is a fun way to get a workout in and test your strength!

Kickboxing

A great way to release anger in a productive and safe way, while getting your workout in. Blowing off steam never felt so good.

Zumba

No matter if you have rhythm or not, this is a no-doubt fun workout without even feeling like it!

There are links to some of the major/well-known companies in each fitness industry listed in the article for you to get started asap!

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Why You Should Go To The Barre

Keep your head high and your heels even higher!

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After going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try a barre class, last month I finally decided to. And let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have made for not only myself but my body! I tried my first class at Barre N9ne in Andover, Massachusetts (with multiple location in Woburn, Somerville, and Danvers), and I truly don't think I could have found a better studio. From the moment you walk into the studio there is a great vibe and the instructors are so informative and caring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Barre N9ne!

It Is A Full Hour To Yourself

My favorite part of barre is it is an hour to myself. No phone, no distractions, just working to improve myself with each set. When I go to the gym whether I am lifting weights or running on the treadmill at some point I am on my phone responding to a text or changing the song I am listening to. During barre, I don't even think about who texted me or what email I have to respond to. It is complete me time.

The BEST Core Workout

During barre, your core is engaged the entire time. Then, at the end of the workout there is 5-7 minutes of actual core workouts. This makes it one of the best core workouts because instead of just focusing on your core for a few minutes, you are engaging it throughout the class and then additionally at the end.

You Will Gain Strength and Definition 

A typical barre class is a full body workout and over time you will gain strength and see definition. It takes about 5 classes to start seeing results. By strengthening each muscle group, you are not only gaining definition you are also strengthening all muscles (even the ones that are often underused and underdeveloped).

You Will Become More Flexible 

After each muscle group worked on, you will stretch. This is something that is often overlooked because people don't want to take the time to stretch during a workout and save it until the end, or even not at all. The amount of stretching done in a barre class will improve your range of motion and help to reduce any risk of injuries.

Mind Body Connection

During class you will often hear your instructor say to "focus on the mind body connection". But, what is it? Well, when you focus your attention on the muscle you are working, you tend to work harder and more effectively. This then gives you faster results. When you then focus on that muscle group and stop focusing on all the background noise of your stressful day, or what you have to do after class, or that big test next week, you are really able to focus in and have the best workout.

Your Muscles Will Shake (In A Good Way)

Barre utilizes micro movements. Meaning, since you preform many reps of the same movement involving specific muscles in barre, you are then working your muscles to exhaustion. When your muscles are exhausted, they start to shake. If you aren't shaking, work harder!

Through every pulse, squeeze, and tuck enjoy your time during barre. I hope you give barre classes a try because I know I don't regret it and I know you won't either.

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