For many students, there are an overwhelming number of options for a Lifelong Wellness credit, and many of those are fitness classes.
Finding the right fitness class depends on what results a person wants, such as a smaller waist, toning or stress relief.
“I encourage my students to take something they think they would like to do. You don’t want to take up something you don’t want to do because you won’t last,” says Paula Neilson-Williams, SLCC lifetime activities teacher.
Health could affect how someone chooses a fitness class, but instructors can accommodate for those who have health problems.
“Don’t let yourself be limited by what you think you can and can’t do,” says Neilson-Williams.
The ideal time to exercise is mid-afternoon, but students who take a morning class are more likely to be consistent with the class.
A student should take the class that fits their personality and into their schedule
According to Neilson-Williams, many students in early morning classes also tend to stop coming about halfway through the course.
“I’m surprised at how many people take a 6 a.m. class, because they always write ‘I’m not a morning person, but I thought this would help,’” says Neilson-Williams.
Long term and short term goals help a person to stay motivated. Documentation of progress and goals allows people to “treat themselves” as goals get accomplished.
Goals can be a team effort if there is someone familiar in the class, so friends who sign up together already have an advantage.
Someone who doesn’t exercise a lot should start small and work up to harder workouts, such as starting with a five to 10 minute walk every day, and then adding more time as progress is made. Consistency will help keep it going.
“Go at your own pace and own time,” says Neilson-Williams. “Start small, and work your way up.”