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8295214_XXLMorning, midday or midnight — when’s the best time to work out?

Well, that depends on when’s the best time for you.

“The best time of the day is when you will do it most consistently, because the benefits of physical activity are tightly linked to the amount you do on a consistent basis,” said Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Your best time is based on a “constellation” of factors:

  • location,
  • time of day,
  • type of physical activity and
  • social setting, among others.

“It’s not just what time, but what activity, with whom and where,” said Pate, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “This mix of factors for people come together to result in being consistent.”

Everybody’s Different

“Different people will have different preferences and predispositions with regard to how they respond to exercise at different times of the day,” Pate said.

For example, if you’re much more likely to work out consistently with a partner, “then you’re better off to opt for a social part regardless of the time of day,” Pate said. “On the other hand, some people like the solitude, the chance to get away.”

You might have heard that the best time to work out is early in the morning — to get your metabolism revving or to avoid unexpected distractions during the day that could derail your regimen. “Are there differences in working out at different times of the day? Maybe. But those differences would be minor compared to the overall effect of doing it consistently,” Pate said.

“If you’re not a morning person, it does no good for you to try to get up at 5 in the morning to work out,” he said. “Try to stack as many cards on your side of the table as possible by doing what’s most likely to work for you. The converse is, don’t make it as hard as it doesn’t have to be.”

Fit in Fitness

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. But what if you’re tight on time? Then, be creative and break up your activity into daily bouts of 3-10-minute increments.

For example:

  • In the morning, park 10 minutes away from the job and walk briskly.
  • At lunch, walk 10 minutes in or around where you work.
  • In the afternoon/evening, walk briskly 10 minutes back to your vehicle.

And there you have a 30-minute workout!

“Accumulation across the day doesn’t have to be performed in one bout, but can be across the day,” Pate said. “More is better, but we’re absolutely certain even modest amounts are much better than being sedentary.” And remember, “exercise” is any kind of physical activity that gets your heart rate up for at least 10 minutes at a time.

So get moving — at the time that’s right for you!

Source: When is the best time of day to work out?

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Working OutWith class schedules expanding at gyms around the country and boutique fitness studios booming, it’s clear that people are flocking to group fitness classes—and with good reason. Group fitness classes offer the opportunity to experience movement in positive, memorable, and purposeful ways, inspiring meaningful change both physically and mentally.

Here are the top five reasons people love group fitness classes, and why you will, too.

1. Expert guidance with no guesswork

One of the main reasons people are drawn to group fitness is the expert guidance they receive from certified instructors. An exceptional group fitness instructor is proficient in the art of creating enjoyable movement experiences that keep participants committed to their health and wellness journeys. There’s no guesswork when it comes to how to structure your workout session— the GFI has done the work for you.

2. Accountability to create a workout routine

The fact that group fitness classes occur on a set day and time works wonders with creating structure around physical activity, even for people who struggle with workout consistency. As opposed to hoping you’ll make it to the gym at some point during the day, choosing a class to attend and signing up in advance creates a greater sense of accountability and enables you to plan your day around your workout (and your health!).

3. Social support and so much more

The feeling of being part of something bigger and the camaraderie forged in group fitness classes is something that quite simply can’t be replicated. Group fitness classes exude positivity, and serve as a welcome invitation for people of all different ages, backgrounds, and ability levels to come together in one inclusive experience to move with passion and intention, all without judgement or expectation.

4. Explore movement in a new way

If you find yourself stuck in a fitness rut, group fitness can be a perfect option for adding variety to your routine, while also ensuring a well-rounded approach to exercise. Do you dread the idea of running on a treadmill to get your cardio in? Try attending a dance-based fitness class to improve endurance while burning just as many, if not more, calories. Feeling uninspired to focus on your flexibility? Try a yoga class to improve your range of motion and enhance your movement quality.

5. Fitness and fun rolled into one

Hands down one of the most commonly cited reasons people choose to attend group fitness classes is because of the fun factor. Group fitness classes prove the old saying “no pain, no gain,” couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, an effective workout can and should be a fun one, as the more enjoyment you experience during exercise; the more likely you are to stick with a regular routine of physical activity.

Contact Energy in Motion for more information on bringing exercise classes to your workplace.

Original Article: https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/5892/5-reasons-people-love-group-fitness-classes-and?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ACE-Fit-Life-04-13-2016&utm_content=Consumer+Outreach&spMailingID=25230537&spUserID=NjU5NTYyNDEwMjUS1&spJobID=782085234&spReportId=NzgyMDg1MjM0S0

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stk134391rkeIn today’s digitally driven world, many of us spend our workdays sitting at a desk, working on a computer. The hazards of sitting too much have now been established by scientific research, and these studies are starting to make headlines. Surprisingly, it’s been found that sitting too much even takes a toll on people who exercise on a regular basis.

Fewer than 20 percent of jobs involve physical exertion, which means that most employees spend eight hours a day or longer in a chair. So the danger of inactivity is difficult to avoid—and is exacerbated by following a desk-bound day with a sedentary evening of watching television, playing video games or sitting around a dinner table, talking.

We sit a lot: at work, in the car, at meetings and on the couch. This translates into a lot more sitting than moving. Sustained sitting contributes to the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart attack and stroke, among other health problems.

So how do you prevent the damaging effects of sitting too much? Here are some great tips to get you up and moving:

Stand! Make it a habit to stand up during your workday. For example, every time the phone rings, stand up to answer it. Research shows that just by standing periodically, you can significantly better your health. Plus you will feel more alert, focused and energized.

Take stretch breaks. Get together with other colleagues and have regular stretch breaks. Both your body and mind will benefit from improved circulation.

Take regular walks. Make it part of your work schedule to get up every hour and walk for 5 minutes. In an eight-hour day, this translates to 40 minutes and a great calorie burn.

Attend workplace fitness classes. Encourage your company to hire a fitness consultant to get everyone on their feet. (And make sure you note that one of the benefits of fitness will be greater productivity and fewer employee absences!) Many fitness groups offer after-hour classes. It’s a convenient and effective way to get in some exercise, helps keep employees fit, and is an affordable way to keep employer health costs down.

Tiffiny Marinelli is the president of Energy in Motion LLC, which provides convenient and affordable workplace exercise classes for employees. For more information on bringing fitness classes to your workplace, visit einmotion.com, email Info@einmotion.com or call 973-983-9554.

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Fitness Fusion Classes in Whippany NJ

Burn calories and have fun doing it! Join us for our next Fitness Fusion session beginning Sept 18th at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey. Classes are modified for all levels even if you’re just starting. Regardless of your workout style or fitness level, this class offers something fun and challenging for everyone.

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Energy in MotionWhen you want to remember something badly enough, what do you do? You write it down on a calendar. Today, we have paper calendars, online calendars, mobile calendars…you name it. All making it pretty hard to forget anything. So, why do we conveniently “forget” to take care of ourselves? Because we don’t schedule it!

Another easy way to include fitness into your busy day is to exercise at work. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a work site fitness program (and with Energy in Motion everyone should be fortunate enough!) you can still move and get your heart rate up. Talk a half hour walk; hit a 30-minute class at a local gym, etc. The best part is that your heart will benefit and your productivity will increase.

Contact us for more information on how to bring convenient and affordable exercise programs to your workplace.

Tiffiny Marinelli

Energy in Motion LLC

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At its very core, yoga is about connecting the mind and body. You can “do” yoga without any equipment at all. Even sitting and breathing mindfully as you quiet the mind is a form of yoga. If you are new to yoga here is a great place to start! Try these basic yoga poses to get stronger and more flexible.

Yoga infographic

Yoga infographic

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Ever wonder where that Saturday morning class you can’t live without originated? Yoga is more than mastering postures and increasing your flexibility and strength. You may know a few fun facts about the practice of yoga, but check out this infographic to get the low down on the origins of that downward-facing dog.

The Evolution of Yoga

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