Working out is for everyone but how you do it and when you do it is a personal choice. Like religion everyone has their own beliefs on what works best for them. I have always enjoyed being a part of a team so group fitness is what I naturally gravitate towards. Getting constant cues from the instructor helps me maintain correct form, and gives a coach like motivation that I don’t get when I’m on my own. I also feed off off the energy in the room. I especially like when I take a class where I know a lot of people because it feels like a big party albeit a sweaty party but a party nonetheless.
For others, working out is the only private time they have so they enjoy being more independent and going for an outdoor run on their own, taking a quiet yoga class, or lifting weights to their own playlist. Training for two marathons and half-marathons gave me both perspectives since I was doing both group runs and solo runs so I can certainly see the appeal of being on your own. I was able to run at my own pace, listen to whatever music I wanted, and stop and take pictures of the gorgeous cityscape that we sometimes take for granted.
Do you prefer a morning workout? A quick lunchtime sweat session? Or are you someone that likes to get that sweat in after a long day at the office?
I have realized that while I have built a routine around going to Shred415 on certain days and times I am more open to varying my routine when it comes to spinning and other activities. Mostly, I have made it my goal to get a workout in at some point in the day and that has helped be consistent and prioritize just how important that time is for my mind and my body. I notice on the days that I work out I am in a better mood, have less anxiety, and feel more confident about myself.
Whether you’re just starting out, curious about what types of workouts or classes could be right for you, or have a must try class that you think I should try leave me a note in the comments. I have tried a lot of different classes and am always interested in trying something new. I’m always up for a workout date! Make sure you check out my Instagram (@weightingaroundchi) and Snapchat (heidybest) this weekend because I will be posting pictures and stories from World Sport Chicago at House of Blues on Saturday. I will be riding alongside my friend Jill Badlotto (bean and the stalk) Stay tuned!