Congratulations! You’re here! You’ve made the first step towards doing regular exercise. Well, we’re assuming you’re here to find a class near you, seeing as we’re Class Finder and all. Got here by mistake? Stick around and see if we can tempt you to stay.
The good news is, you’ve made the first positive step. Deciding to start a new exercise regime takes courage and you, you right there, you’ve got the guts to get up and start doing something. Trouble is, where do you start? What class should you do? What do you need? Will it be expensive? How often should you aim for? What shoes should you wear? Where’s my local class? Well, slow down there, sport. We’re here to answer as many questions as possible and, hopefully, put you on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.
Where do you start?
This is a good question because it encompasses so much. Without wanting to cheat, we’re going to break this down a little further…
- How to start? The best way to begin is to start off small; small steps make big impact, slow and steady wins the race. OK, we love an old saying but it’s true! Those first small steps really do make the difference. Even doing one class per week can start changing your behaviour in a positive way. Without getting too sciencey, exercise releases endorphins in your body and they make you feel better, happier and more relaxed. So, once you start, you’ll want to do more so just get to a class!
- Should I be careful? With anything new, it’s important to approach with caution and understand your limits. It would be recommended that, before starting any new fitness regime, you visit your doctor for a health check-up, just to make sure you’re in tip top condition to start your classes.
- What should I wear? As a rule of thumb, anything you feel comfortable in is fine. Obviously, things like jeans, high heels, skirts, dresses etc are not appropriate and you wouldn’t want to ruin those anyway. It’s a common misconception that you need to wear close-fitting clothes when exercising, but this just isn’t the truth. A t-shirt, some shorts or trousers and a sports bra will do just fine. Obviously, if you want to wear something a little tighter, that’s absolutely cool but, we’re just saying, you don’t have to. Remember, you’re there to have fun so make sure you feel comfortable.
- What shoes should I wear? Shoes are a little trickier than clothes; in classes, you’ll be on your feet a lot and it’s very important that your feet, ankles and legs are well supported. We would recommend that you invest in some quality trainers. They don’t have to cost the earth but take the time to get your feet measured (both size and width) and ask about your arch too. Supportive trainers will add to your comfort and encourage you do to more; after all, you need to make that money back!
- Do I need to purchase any special equipment? Nope, not really. We’d suggest maybe buying a water bottle (make sure you clean it thoroughly and regularly!) and a small hand towel. However, if you’re starting something like Pilates or yoga, it would be advantageous to buy your own mat. Some venues may provide their own mats, you could check with them. However, if you’re ever unsure, just ask your instructor as they’ll be more than happy to help.
OK, that’s the basics sorted. Still with us? Good. Not long to go until you’re well on your way to being a regular class goer.
Will it be expensive?
Most exercise classes will start around the £6.00 mark, with the exceptions of yoga and Pilates which start at around £8.00. Although this sounds like a lot, the benefits of regular exercise far outweigh the monetary value. A lot of instructors do loyalty cards and special offers regularly, so asking them is a definite must. Also check out websites like Groupon and Wowcher which often have deals on local fitness classes and events. The dreaded membership word also comes out here; generally, if you’re doing two or more classes a week at your local leisure centre, enquiring about their membership packages could save you some pennies too.
What class should I choose?
The list of classes is ever-growing and, even if we had the rest of this week, we probably couldn’t list them here. New ones are popping up all the time and different variations of disciplines are making headway too. The simple way of finding what’s for you is to try lots of classes and see which ones you like best!
Where’s my local class?
Hopefully, there will be a vast range of exercise classes near you with a wealth of instructors ready to answer your questions and guide you on your exercise journey. You can search classes near you by clicking here or returning to the homepage.
Well, that’s it for now. We think we’ve covered the basics and put your mind at ease for the most part. We wish you well on your journey and we’ll be here every step of the way. If you’re on social media, check us out on Facebook and Twitter for tips, tricks and motivation. If not, you can always get in contact with us here.
Now, get out there and be awesome!