Did you know that there's a way to put your body through a (mild) workout without actually heading to the gym? Simply go to a sauna.
How does it work?
Saunas are typically heated to high temperatures (usually, 158 to 212°F), which does two things to your body: 1) It creates an environment that induces sweating, which is how your body eliminates toxins, and 2) It gives your heart a workout by dilating your capillaries and improving your blood flow.
Plus, saunas have been found to help with a number of health issues, including: chronic fatigue, congestive heart failure, mild depression, and Rheumatoid arthritis.
So, what are you waiting for? Here's a list of my top five favorite saunas in Manhattan.
An indoor cycling class is more than just a workout on a stationary bike: You will sprint, run, climb, and jump all on the same ride with your group, covering an imaginary course that might include steep hills, rolling plains, and coastal roads (but never bad weather).
You will pedal intensely to quick beats and enthusiastic coaching.
You will challenge yourself to keep up.
And, you might do all of this in just under forty-five minutes.
Sounds like fun? Definitely. Plus, done the right way, you'll work your entire lower body (especially your hamstrings) while getting your heart rate up to the max. We asked two BFX Studio coaches, Juan Hidalgo and Terrell Pruitt, for some tips about the best way to get started.
"When I started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me," said Joan Benoit Samuelson. "I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers." However, Samuelson stuck with it (she was using running as a way to recover from a broken leg), and eventually she went on to win the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
There's that motivation to lace up your running shoes. And then, there's these ten inspiring photos from around the world.
"Instead of eating candy, I thought why not take a healthy approach and get some fitness going on," Andrea, 32, explains. We're early and waiting for our Bar Method class to start—the first stop along Ketanga's Halloween Fitness Krawl—so people are still arriving, dressed up as genies, emojis, owls, and "average fitness Joes."
But, as I was about to learn, there was nothing 'average' about this Krawl.