Not feeling your best today? It can be detrimental to your fitness routine if you are overworked, run-down, or suffering from allergies, and unable to get off the couch. It is especially annoying if you are someone who enjoys classes and prioritizes fitness and health. However, if you are feeling up to the challenge, Vancouver offers multiple alternatives to help cater to your active needs, even when you are not feeling a hundred percent.
When you’re feeling a little less than your best, you probably should not overexert yourself with intense routines that involve endurance and cardio. In Kitsilano, TurF offers The Class by Taryn Toomey, and it focuses on conditioning the body through a series of callisthenics and plyometrics. This class is a great alternative to strengthen the body without the use of machines and weights, challenging the individual to overcome their struggles whether they be of the physical or mental kind.
If you are still feeling a bit congested, a relaxing but sweat-inducing workout may be just what you need. Located in Yaletown is the fitness studio JAYBIRD, and they offer classes inside infrared, mirrorless rooms in order to help one to attend to their own self-improvement. A course like The Balance is a great option for those that need to get back into their own personal flow, focusing on reconnecting the body with the mind through yoga and strength exercises. This class is perfect for improving one’s flexibility, spinal mobility, and overall wellness and betterment.
For those that feel the need to revitalize with a blast of energy, Spin Society is the place to be. They have multiple spin classes for you to choose from, but if you’re willing to power through circuit training under a short period of time, the SCTY 35 would be your best choice. For 35-minutes your instructor will put you through an energetic, fast-paced workout that is meant to energize and invigorate you, leaving you with a rush of endorphins and adrenaline to help you get through the day.
Sometimes, the best cure to what ails you is nature and a lot of fresh air. Whether it is walking or going for a light jog, feel free to move at your own pace at the Stanley Park Seawall. Take in the sights of nature alongside the Fraser Creek, and enter into a meditative state with minimal physical exertion and light intensity.
Feeling under the weather can often feel like a hindrance, but it is also a time to honour your body’s need for recovery through time and self-care. Your health is your priority, so adjust your fitness goals accordingly and resist the urge for classes and workouts that may compromise your well-being.
Once you start feeling a little more like yourself, feel free to get back to your routine, just remember to be considerate of others, and do not forget to wipe down any of the equipment that you use in the studio or gym!
- Roena Ong is a fashion stylist, creative director, and freelance writer for EcoLuxLuv Comms. She lives for creating editorial shoots with forward-thinking business owners and entrepreneurs. On her days off, she’s often found at the gym, or visiting her favourite boutiques and cafe’s.