Barre is the perfect workout for anyone who likes studio classes and at-home exercise. The ballet-inspired regimen combines aspects of yoga, pilates, ballet barre training and high reps of small range-of-motion movements for a core-focused total-body workout. Typical classes last one hour. Benefits include improved posture, increased muscle definition and more flexibility. The combination of strength training and cardio burn fat and build muscles simultaneously. Women of all fitness levels are able to participate. Barre is even possible for pregnant women as the workout is low impact.
While each instructor and class will be different, here’s what you can expect from a standard class:
- Warm up including upper body exercises (push ups, planks, free weights)
- Moves with or without a small exercise ball and bands to target arms, chest and back muscles
- Incorporate the ballet barre with your own body weight focusing on thigh and seat muscles
- Your core muscles are engaged for the entire class and receive special attention at the end
- Cool down with a series of stretches to allow your muscles to recover
Now for the best part: Most of the work done at a barre class can be implemented on your own time in your own space. Don’t have free weights? Grab two water bottles. Barre apps are available for your devices so you can take barre on the road.
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Nicknamed “The Last Great Race,” The Iditarod is a grueling, long-distance sled dog race from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome. It’s an incredible race that both humans and dogs train for all year. It takes a lot of strength and teamwork to be able to complete the race, let alone win. The person who directs the dogs, or mushers, must be prepared for all situations. Mushers are on their own during the race and face challenges as they occur.