When the temperatures dip below zero, putting on your running shoes and heading out the door can seem like torture. But this year, skip out on the lonely fitness DVDs. Even if the frigid air is keeping you indoors, you can still keep in shape with fun – and social – indoor activities. Here are four of our favourites.
Take to the Barre
This is Calgary’s newest fitness fad and we’re completely onboard with it. Each workout is a combination of yoga, dance and Pilates, which is sure to keep you on your toes. It’s not easy – though anyone from beginners to experts can take part – and your quads will thank you in the spring.
Barre Body Studio is the first studio of this kind to appear in the city. (Barre Body Studio, 1202 20 Ave. S.E., 403-720-6635, barrebodystudio.com)
And, The Dailey Method Barre Studio also recently opened. (420, 7337 Macleod Tr., 403-474-5620, thedailymethod.com)
Join the Circus
Run away with the circus…at least for a few hours. If flying through the air is something you’ve always wanted to try, then circus school might be the perfect fall activity. The Calgary Circus Studio offers adult classes in aerials, prop manipulation, acrobalance, and if you’re feeling particularly flexible, contortion. Channel your inner Cirque du Soleil acrobat this fall at one of their classes. (Calgary Circus Studio, 1401 10 Ave. S.E., 403-800-5972, calgarycircusstudio.com)
Go For a Spin
Hoping to try out the city’s new bike lanes when the weather gets warmer? Inspired by this year’s Tour of Alberta? Or maybe you just like wearing spandex? Whatever your incentive, spin classes are a great way to keep fit while staying inside.
Mount Royal offers a range of different spin classes, all of which are drop-in. Try the “All Terrain,” “SPINergize” or “SpinStrong” classes. (Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., 403-440-6517, mtroyal.ca)
Or, try One Cycle Spin Studio where music pumping from the great sound system makes sure you don’t slow down for the entire 50 minute class. Bonus: no helmets are required. (2115 4 St. S.W., 403-244-4484, one-cycle.com)
Give Zumba a Shot
If you were inspired by the performers at Expo Latino this year, try Zumba. The steps are easy to follow and it’s a high-energy, cardio workout – it combines dance and other aerobic elements. Classes are offered at Mount Royal University, as well as the YWCA and the University of Calgary. Each session is a calorie-burning, Latin dance party, minus the tequila. (Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., 403-440-6517, mtroyal.ca)