Tuesday, May 21, 2013

You spin me right round baby....

Most of us hate the gym. I did too and it is still hard to motivate myself to go when I've missed several days in a row. But the key to gym success is finding what you enjoy doing. I love boot camp and spin class. I'll tell you a few things about spin class later in the post.

Let me tell you how I motivate myself. It may seem a little masochistic but I like really difficult workouts; I will use a Seinfeld quote about roller coasters to explain how I like my workouts, "Figure out what will kill me and then back it off a little bit :) " You see, when I am done with a hard workout I feel a sense of accomplishment; it's a power trip, a show of my strength and a sign of achievement. All of those factors make me feel fabulous (as if the endorphins were not enough.)

You may not enjoy anything that requires even the lift of a finger, and that's fine, I guess, for you. But what about those that love you and depend on you to be healthy, happy and alive?
- Yes, exercising will make you happy, its a scientific fact.  Read about it here.
- We all know why it's good for the body.
- A New York Times article says it's great for the brain too.

All these factors combined will improve the quality and, may I say, quantity of your life. So even if you don't care enough about yourself, do it for those who care about you.

If you enjoyed riding a bike as a kid then give spin class a shot. It's easy on the knees and you can adjust the levels according to your endurance. Plus you do it sitting down, for God's sake, how hard can it be ;) Actually, it can be a little tough, I'm not going to lie to you, but definitely worth a try.

Here's how to spin correctly:
-Adjust your bike according to your height (you can always ask the instructor to help you.)
Stand next to the bike, your seat should be aligned as high as your hip bone. This is important because you don't want to hurt your knees, which you can do overtime if you sit at the wrong height.
- The seat can also be adjusted horizontally to bring it forward or backwards. I keep mine between 4 and 5 and I'm 5ft 5in.
- The handle bar can be high or low. But you don't want it to be either of the two extremes. I keep mine right on top of 6. Keeping the handle high can make it a little easier to work out because your chest is open which makes it easier to breath. You can lower it overtime and continue to ride at a level that is most comfortable for you.
- Ride with you lower body. Push through your abs, hips and thighs. Keep your arms and shoulders relaxed.
-Pedal with your heels, not your toes.
- Try to make full circles.
- Think of the bike gears ranging from level of 1-10. The lightest being 1 and the hardest being 10.
Start pedaling at level one for a minute, then slowly add gear.
- Take your water bottle and stay hydrated.

It's best to go to a class offered at your local gym where the instructor is available to answer your questions and guide you through the class.

You can buy spins shoes which are highly recommended by instructors but I still use my Nike Free Run 2 sneakers for all my workouts and they work just fine.

Now spin that wheel! Don't give up. You can do it!

Pretend you are racing for your college, for your county, for your country, go for the gold!! Push hard. You can't give up now, people are depending on you! Oh you are SO close to the finish line! :)


  1. Aliza how sweet is your enthusiasm to inspire people for a healthy life by doing some exercise at their convenience and capabilities.I am motivated too.Keep it up:)

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