Time to get physical

Time to get physical

by Genevieve Northup
Stripes Korea
Though it doesn’t feel like swimsuit season, there’s no time like the present to get in shape, especially if you have a beach vacation planned. The days are long and the temperatures are ideal for spending time outdoors, getting fresh air and making physical fitness part of your routine.
 
Get moving
Exercise is about more than body image. It promotes longer, deeper sleep that will help your body adjust to time differences and climate changes, while also releasing endorphins to stabilize your mood. Visit the Health and Wellness Center at your installation to have your BMI, body fat percentage and basal metabolic rate evaluated. Staff will help you set goals and develop a diet and exercise plan.
 
Your installation fitness center offers many ways to help you meet your health goals. A variety of cardio equipment and weights for strength training are right at your fingertips.
 
Personal training is also available for a fee, or try out group classes — they are challenging, fun and help you meet new people. Available classes may include Zumba, Yoga, body sculpting, spinning and step aerobics. Classes are usually free or inexpensive, and are offered on a variety of days and times, so don’t make excuses!
 
Fitness like the locals
The weather is perfect this time of year for bicycling. If you don’t have a bike of your own and want to try it out before splurging, you may be able to rent one through Outdoor Recreation. You can also often find used bikes through local yard sale websites or the Stripes classifieds. Keep in mind that the rules of bicycling in Japan may differ from those in the United States, so check local traffic laws and always wear a helmet!
 
Bicycling is a fantastic way to combine calorie-burning with sightseeing, and you can cover more ground than on foot. Many cities offer bicycling tours and companies will provide you with bikes, so all you need to do is show up!
 
So, let’s get physical! You’ll feel better and more productive. You might find a new passion, meet new people and see more of Japan. Exercise – your body will thank you for it.

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