Yes, You Can Relax during Exercise, in Fact It’s Encouraged

relaxation in fitness

Relaxation in a spin class? Unheard of? Nope. Monday’s spin class instructor at Revolve Fitness in Union Square kept encouraging us to relax. Throughout the class, I could hear relax your shoulders, relax your arms, relax your fingers. One would think that the word relax in a cycling room with dark lighting and pumping music don’t mix. Add to that the typical shouted words of encouragement “don’t give up” and the dreaded “ACCELERATE.” Safe to say, the word relax was unusual but very well received.

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Revival of the Fittest

Revolve

Revival of the Fittest. This slogan is featured on the wall of the cycling room at Revolve in Union Square. It seems fitting given the fact that I am barely surviving by the end of the spin class. The instructor sets the pace and the resistance and it takes a lot to follow it by the book and without breaks. To follow the beat of the music is always a challenge for me; and I am waiting for the moment in which I will feel fit enough to survive any spin class.

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Never Coast

Flybarre

It’s January. This means coming out of a food coma and drinking haze. This year, I visited my family in Mexico and went on an incredible skiing trip to Vail, CO. Safe to say, my ClassPass membership was put on hold. As I am sure it is for many women, one of my New Year’s resolutions was getting into the best shape of my life. I know…cliché. However, this means something different to me now, than it did a few years ago. Being in the best shape of my life doesn’t mean just looking thin, but being healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually, which ultimately also means being fit not “thin.” This has a lot to do with taking an active approach to fitness and never coasting, or in other words not just trying to get a workout in but letting a specific class or gym time provide an other type of nourishment. For me this means transforming my fitness time into my oasis.

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