It’s winter and it’s cold, dark and wet outside. But that doesn’t mean your workout has to fall by the wayside. In fact, you may be surprised at how AMAZING you feel after a good sweat, and how it heats you to your core! The gym is of course an option for your winter workouts, but that can get real old, real fast. So what else can you do to keep things fun and lively?
As a spinning instructor and meditator, I’m often asked how I reconcile the two. After all, meditation is all about stillness and silence, and if you’ve been to my spinning class, you know it’s all about moving and pushing yourself past your boundaries. Meditation is peaceful and exercise is…not.
When I first started working out in my teens, I had a theory that working out may make you a better person. After all, I just felt nicer and more open after a good workout. Any frustration, stress, or anger I was experiencing usually was dissipated after I had a good sweat. Understandably, the few people I told about this theory questioned my sanity. How could something as mundane and superficial as exercising make you a better person?
Spinning is one of my favorite – ok my very favorite – workouts out there, which is (surprise surprise) why I teach it. It’s an awesome sweat-inducing cardio workout, but it also has the potential to help you build strength. It’s super simple to follow along – no confusing steps or moves to memorize – and who wouldn’t want to just ride their hearts out in a dark room with blasting music that makes you wanna get out of your seat and dance?
We are no stranger to sweating… It’s a natural bodily function that begins just shortly after we are born. It’s the body’s mechanism to aid in cooling down during warm temperatures, exercise, and stressful situations. But sweat isn’t only limited to the aforementioned situations – sweating is actually one of the healthiest things for your body, so don’t be embarrassed about your sweat – it’s a sign of good things happening inside your body!