Having cold showers every day was one of my new year’s resolutions. In the beginning it was definitely hard to have a cold shower, or at least a cold splash at the end of a hot shower every day. But in the end the they were absolute worth it. They also helped me become a morning person. Here are my top 9 benefits of cold showers why:
Until a few months ago I was not a morning person at all. I would get up fairly late (at around 8 a.m.) and be at the office by 9:30. I would work out in my lunch break or in the evenings. But then I changed cities and jobs and working out at lunch time was not an option any more. I had to work out in the mornings if I wanted to get in my training in as planned. My only option was to transform myself into a morning person. (Btw: Here you can read about how to get into a new fitness routine after a move.) Fast forward a few months: I transformed myself into a morning person, getting up at 6 a.m. (nearly) every weekday and working out. It was not an easy process, but I applied a simple 5 step strategy to help me with it.
I recently started indoor group cycling also known as spinning as a cross training activity for running. I never thought I would like it, until I actually tried it. 2019 Update: I rediscovered indoor cycling as alternative, low impact and low risk activity during the third trimester of my pregnancy and absolutely love it. Spinning is actually a registered trademark name for indoor group cycling. However the concepts of other group cycling classes are quite similar: a group of people is cycling indoors on special watt bikes guided by an instructor. The instructor defines a basic program with a warm up, hills, intervals, maybe arm exercises and a cool down. The riders cycle to the beat of the music and adjust the resistance according to their own abilities. So why did I fall in love with spinning or indoor cycling classes?
If you have been following my blog for a while you probably know that I love Obstacle Course Racing or OCR. Some people might also call it mud runs. I’ve started doing these runs in 2015 with a short 7km Spartan Sprint and immediately fell in love with it. I since have completed several Spartan Trifectas , Tough Mudders and other races. I love it so much, that I am now even doing Spartan Ultras or the grueling 24h World’s Toughest Mudder. But even if you are not as ambitious as me but only a weekend warrior here are three reasons why you should train for and run an Obstacle Course Race.
Over ten years ago I started Pole Dance in a dodgy Parisian strip club (with the now famous Marion Crampe as my teacher). It felt very naughty and underground, and not really socially acceptable. But I was hooked immediately. When I moved away from Paris I had to stop Pole Dancing for a while because these studios were not really common at the time. However once I started again, I discovered that Pole Dance had evolved to a full athletic sport. It took a lot of inspiration from gymnastics and circus arts, and had become much more professional. It now even has it’s own international association, is recognized internationally and on the way to becoming an Olympic sport. I also took on Aerial Hoop (Aerial Lyra) and Aerial Silks which are two circus arts also often taught in Pole Dance Studios.
So here are my top reasons why you should try Pole Dancing and Aerial Fitness.
What is Electric Muscle Stimulation?
Electric Muscle Stimulation Training or EMS is a training method where electric current is sent through your muscles and contracts them. In addition you will perform exercises, but it can also be done without. Usually you have to wear a special type of vest or body suit connected to an EMS machine or device. You will be sprayed with water, so the electric current is transmitted to your muscles. The intensity of the current and muscle contraction will be different depending on body position and which exercise you are doing. But you can always adjust the intensity of every body part to your own preference. If this sounds a bit like torture or electrocution to you don’t worry. I’ve been doing it for a while now and it sounds more intimidating than it really is. Here are my top reasons why you should try Electric Muscle Stimulation training.