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5 Exercise Classes that Work

By Virginia Laird

Fitness classes seem to be gaining steam in recent years. Most people love classes because there is an instructor who pushes each person to the limit. Another benefit of taking a fitness class is that there is no planning involved. Instructors take care of everything, allowing participants to leave all their worries at the door. With the wide variety of classes available, it can be slightly overwhelming when trying to find one that may suit the needs a person may have. In order to more appropriately select a class, here are a few of the options available:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Water Aerobics
  • Spinning
  • Boot Camp


Yoga is a workout which many enjoy. It is slow-paced and uses a variety of relaxation techniques. It also employs various stretches and poses that can improve a person’s flexibility as well as muscle tone.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is an exercise class that can include self-defense methods. It also encourages participants to meditate while working out. Tai chi has been linked to reducing stress and anxiety in those who participate in the class.

Water Aerobics

Water classes are among the best types of workouts, mostly because water removes the strain of gravity from the body. Water also provides resistance to the body when walking, jogging, or moving. Many people who suffer from back, neck, or joint pain choose water aerobics to help alleviate it.


Spinning has become one of my personal favorites. This class uses stationary bikes to get the legs moving. With a series of intervals, as well as resistance tensions, participants are certain to feel the burn from the hip to the foot. Some instructors even include light weights and resistance bands to work the upper body.

Boot Camp

Boot camp seems to be all the rage in many places. Many people enjoy it because it is different every class. Instructors can take the class outdoors, in a gym, or remain in the workout room. In this class, all rules are off. Any type of workout, interval, stations, etc., is fair game. This is generally a high-intensity class, making it difficult for those who may suffer with some pain.

If you are looking to spice up your workout with a new class, consider one of these. Check your local gym for schedules and availability.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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