Tpicture of a fitness classIn a 2015 study by the ACSM American Fitness Index, Atlanta (and surrounding areas) ranked 14th out of 50 cities. Not too shabby! Some of the areas we excelled in were: more park playgrounds, golf courses, recreation centers, swimming pools and tennis courts per capita.  We do, however, have some room for improvement. Atlanta has a high percentage of obese people, lower levels of physical education classes offered, and a lower percentage of people meeting the CDC aerobic activity guidelines.

With 2016 almost half over, how are your “New Year’s Resolutions” coming? If fitness was one of your goals (like mine!) you might find yourself starting to slack on your goals or maybe you gave up a long time ago! I urge you to not give up so easily! Re-energize and refresh your workouts by trying something new.

Yoga :: If you have never tried yoga or maybe gave it a ½ effort try one time, go give it another try. Not only is yoga good for the physical body, it can help you mentally and emotionally as well. Infinity Yoga has studios in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and now in Old 4th Ward and offers a new student special of 30 days for $30.  You can’t beat it.

Crossfit :: I understand that many people are afraid of crossfit and I’ll agree it’s not for everyone. But everyone can do it. Finding a crossfit gym that suits you, is just like shopping for a new car.  You must test drive them.  Not every gym is the same and you just have to find the one that feels right for you.  The workouts can all be scaled to everyone’s fitness levels, ensuring you are getting a great workout, but not over doing it.  With workouts always changing in/out aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, cardio, and plyometrics, I promise you’ll never get bored! Most crossfit gyms will allow you to try a class for free, but call to double check before you go.  For more information about crossfit and a full list of Atlanta area gyms, click

Running :: Running isn’t my favorite thing, so I run “intervals”. Intervals are periods of time or distances that are ran faster (sprint) and then you return to your normal running pace.  You repeat this throughout your entire run.  I often change my intervals to keep them exciting.  For example: If I was running on the treadmill, I might run 3 min at a normal pace, then sprint for 1 min and repeat.  Or I might run a specific distance at speed 5, then speed 6, then speed 7, back to speed 5 and repeat.  Before you know it, your 3 miles (or whatever you’re running that day!) will be over! Looking for friends to run with? Check out The Atlanta Track Club.

If you’re looking for an area of town to live in that makes being fit and healthy super easy, call The Peters Company today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator

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