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Beating back boredom

You don't need to brave the snow to stay in shape this winter

It’s officially fall in Winnipeg on Sept. 22. The leaves are changing, the mornings are crisp, kids are back in school and the days of patio drinks and heading out to the lake are looking more and more sparse. The summer brings us lots of great outdoor activities, from riding bikes to long walks in the park to canoeing on many of our great lakes.

But the time has come for many of us to move our physical fitness back into the gym. For many, this can be a struggle. The idea of running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike just seems so boring. Luckily, there are some really hot fitness trends and facilities in Winnipeg, and the more workout options you have, the less likely you will burn out from boredom.

Cycling

If hopping on your bike is one of the things you love about summer, don’t fear. I have a great suggestion for you to take this summer fun activity indoors. Saikel Indoor Cycle Studio, located on Lorimer Boulevard, is really fun. I felt like I was out dancing with my friends while getting a great workout. The class instructors are high-energy, the room decor gets you going and the group atmosphere is inspiring. I was a bit worried about how hard the class would be, but it is 100 per cent up to you how intense you make it. It is a non-competitive atmosphere and a ton of fun. WPG Cycle Spin Studio on Osborne Street has the same concept.

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It’s officially fall in Winnipeg on Sept. 22. The leaves are changing, the mornings are crisp, kids are back in school and the days of patio drinks and heading out to the lake are looking more and more sparse. The summer brings us lots of great outdoor activities, from riding bikes to long walks in the park to canoeing on many of our great lakes.

But the time has come for many of us to move our physical fitness back into the gym. For many, this can be a struggle. The idea of running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike just seems so boring. Luckily, there are some really hot fitness trends and facilities in Winnipeg, and the more workout options you have, the less likely you will burn out from boredom.

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Cyclist and instructor Sharon Delbridge (foreground) pedals up a sweat in a class at Saikel Indoor Cycling Studio.</p>

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Cyclist and instructor Sharon Delbridge (foreground) pedals up a sweat in a class at Saikel Indoor Cycling Studio.

Cycling

If hopping on your bike is one of the things you love about summer, don’t fear. I have a great suggestion for you to take this summer fun activity indoors. Saikel Indoor Cycle Studio, located on Lorimer Boulevard, is really fun. I felt like I was out dancing with my friends while getting a great workout. The class instructors are high-energy, the room decor gets you going and the group atmosphere is inspiring. I was a bit worried about how hard the class would be, but it is 100 per cent up to you how intense you make it. It is a non-competitive atmosphere and a ton of fun. WPG Cycle Spin Studio on Osborne Street has the same concept.

Pole Dancing

A few years ago, I went to a fundraiser for breast cancer that was a pole-dancing class. We each paid a $20 drop-in fee and all funds went to the charity. This may have been one of the best core workouts I have ever done.

You have to leave your ego at the door for the first few classes — believe me, it wasn’t pretty. It is a difficult activity to master, but it’s fun to try all the different moves and positions. In Winnipeg, Alora Pole Fitness & Dance has a studio in the heart of the Exchange District.

Rowing

Did you know Manitoba has sent more athletes to the Summer Olympics and Paralympics for the sport of rowing than any other sport? Something about our cold winters and hot summers is causing us to row our way to the podium. Whether you are looking to become the next gold medallist or simply trying to stay fit, rowing is a great option. This low-impact sport can have tremendous results, as it is good for your cardiovascular system, can help you lose weight, builds muscle and is a full-body workout.

Most gyms have rowing machines you can use, or for those looking to get a bit more into the game, the Winnipeg Rowing Club at 20 Lyndale Dr. has learn-to-row and recreational programs year-round.

Dancing

Two weekends ago at ManyFest, my three nieces wanted to jump into the "dancing in the park" activity. So there we were — tango, salsa, Zumba, you name it, we were shaking it! What a great time for people of all ages. There were people from six to 66 in the group dancing. Zumba has been around for a while in Winnipeg, but there are many other dance classes you can take. Cardio-dance, jazz, salsa, swing — whatever you are interested in, you can find a class for it. The city offers great classes all over for everyone from kids to seniors, and for all skill levels.

Barre

I was first introduced to barre at Moksha Yoga. What an excellent workout! Barre is a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet. The barre is used to help you balance while you work at targeting specific muscles using isometric strength training. You use other portable equipment, including free weights, resistance bands and exercise balls.

Much of the workout is using your own body weight to increase strength and balance. Sculpt Barre Winnipeg recently opened its doors on Lorimer Boulevard, and your first class is free. Definitely worth trying for something different to add to your fitness regime.

Andrea Katz has had a lifetime commitment to sport, health and fitness. As a certified fitness instructor and former competitive athlete, Andrea brings a wealth of information to her everyday life by continuously increasing her knowledge in the areas of nutrition, fitness, sport and general health. Andrea’s love for sports began with kung fu at the age of six and has expanded to numerous sports and activities over the years.

She is an arts graduate of the University of Manitoba and the business administration program at Red River College. She co-founded the marketing agency Fit Communications with her sister and partner, Allison Gervais. With Fit Communications, Andrea and Allison are on a mission to spread the word of health every day.

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