First Hand Pilates Experience with Laurie Dwyer

Have you ever done Pilates? Do you know that it is one of the best core exercises out there?

When I took this video I wanted to be involved. I did not want to sit on the sideline and videotape! It helped me realize that fitness comes in so many different ways and that the possibilities to better ourselves are endless. Pilates, being one of many exercise classes out there, looks like fun!

Check out Laurie Dwyer, an instructor of Pilates at the Rowan Rec Center gym! 


Tight On Time? Zumba At Home!

Let your body take the lead and put your mind to rest for a few minutes! 

I’ll be the first to admit that a few weeks ago I may not have even clicked on this video myself but that’s changed. I have found the power within to put on my sneakers and get a good workout in even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day. Getting started will be the hardest part but once you do, it will feel amazing! Any workout is better than none so get up and get going!

Zumba may seem hard or frustrating at first, but keep going. It is so much fun and really a great workout. Get connected  with Zumba! These ladies committed and found results from Zumba in no time. Zumba is all over the world, and is offered in all types of ways. You can attend a class at your local gym, find videos on the internet, and they even have DVDs you can buy! There are so many different routines that go along with Zumba which makes it entertaining and something new to try each time.

Grab a friend or family member and have them Zumba with you! Having someone with you is a great form of motivation. You can keep each other at a fair pace and it will make the workout that much more enjoyable. Sometimes it is easier to focus on what someone else is doing instead of what you’re doing while working out. It doesn’t cause as much stress and leaves room for conversation after a successful workout.

I try to do a small workout each day and working out at home makes this possible. It’s FREE and can be done in the time I would usually take to nap, have a snack or watch TV in between my busy schedule. Of course some days are more challenging than others but making time is so important for a fitness journey. Time management is key! Try to stay organized and stick with a daily plan so that you can get everything accomplished by a reasonable hour. Allowing yourself to have “me” time and unwind with a warm bath before bed.

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

-Nicholas Sparks

Don’t forget how hard it is to accomplish goals and change YOU for the better. Just believe and work at it everyday. In due time, you will realize it was all worth it!