The indoor cycling craze is showing no signs of slowing down.
The indoor cycling craze is showing no signs of slowing down. Did you know that on top of burning plenty of calories (you can burn 700 calories in a 60-minute session), it helps to develop your cardiovascular endurance and reduces the risk of heart disease? If you’re keen to start spinning, give indoor studio Anthem a go. It offers classes that are set to curated playlists to get you pumped up and ready to cycle. For newbies, there’s also a free 30-minute workshop for you to get to grips with the basics before you sign up for classes.
Anthem is located at 66B South Bridge Road (Level 3). Visit anthem.sg for more information.
Mind Your Head
Most of us tend to view our phones as a source of distraction, but what if they could help us find peace instead? “Everybody lives their lives on their phone now. So we try to meet people where they are,” says Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, an app that’s helping millions around the world find peace via meditation. Despite being a former Buddhist monk, he thinks meditiation is for everybody. “You don’t have to find a temple to sit at – you don’t even have to find an hour. You can do [Headspace] in the subway, in the back of a taxi, or even in the office,” says Andy.
So now that you know you can do it anywhere, what are the actual benefits? “There’s always been this idea that we should look after the health of the body, but never really any emphasis on why it’s important to look after the health of the mind,” explains Andy. “Meditation is a tool which enables us to have a healthy mind.” Not only is it proven to be an effective stress reliever, meditation can also improve mental functions such as focus and creativity.
Pulling Your Weight
Looking for a way to get fit on the cheap? The good news is, if toning your bod is the goal, you don’t need fancy training equipment to do it. According to The American College of Sports and Medicine, 2015’s number one fitness trend is bodyweight training, which uses your own mass as resistance for exercise.
In terms of moves, think squats, planks, lunges. You may think that moving your own body around without weights sounds easy, but you’ll be surprised at how challenging it can be. After all, push-ups are no joke and that’s just you vs. gravity. For a killer at-home workout, try Fitness Blender’s bodyweight workouts on YouTube.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Everyone on the Headspace app starts off with Take Ten – the app’s intro to meditation. From there, the app allows you to pick from different guided meditations that focus on different areas of life – including relationships, performance and even sleeping better.
Headspace is available at the App store and Google Play. 10-day trials are free, after which subscriptions start at US$12.95/month.