Feel empowered, strong, healthy, and happy! Instructor Sharon Reid shows us just how strong we can become with expert tips on how to start 2018 off right.
Q: HOW DO YOU SET FITNESS GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR?
A: I set a SMART goal—Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. For instance, “I would like to take three Cycling classes a week for 60 days.” If at the end of those 60 days, you achieved your goal, reward yourself with something worthwhile, such as a vacation or massage. Just as you set your resolution in the beginning of the year, also plan your reward. That way, when you’re on week five and you want to throw in the towel, you can remember that sweet reward that is oh-so-close!
Q: WHY INDOOR CYCLING?
A: Not only is cycling a great low-impact, high-energy workout, it is also a great way to meet likeminded people you may never meet outside of the studio. I usually have a range of fitness levels and ages in the same class. I like to think that there is something for everyone. Many people can get easily discouraged and give up when there’s too much emphasis on weight loss. Focus on the joys of exercise and movement instead. Take pride in your body getting stronger. Think about the boost in energy you get after a workout. Do set goals, but make them about making fitness fun—If you commit to joining a class three days a week, find something you consider fun!
Q: WHAT WORDS SHOULD YOU LIVE BY?
A: What keeps me going? There are so many mantras that I say to myself everyday. Let me share a few favorites with you: “No one knows how hard you are working except for YOU,” “Ride for yourself,” “Do your best and nothing less,” “Stay uncomfortable. That’s when you see a change in the body and mind.”
Q: WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR RIDES?
A: Fun. Energetic. Empowering. Oh, and result driven, but that makes 5 words. LOL! By now, you should know that instructors can’t count. We always squeeze just a few “more” out of any situation. I hope to create an experience that shows my riders just how strong they can become, that they are a part of the community, and that they belong somewhere in their fitness journey…A mile is a mile, fast or slow!
By SHARON REID, CYCLESTAR
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