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Don’t “FALL” Out of Shape!

By on September 16, 2014

Fall is approaching and that means one thing…the holidays are coming! That is the time of the year when we begin to eat all that yummy comfort food and warm up our bodies under those layers of clothing. But, just because the weather drops doesn’t mean we have to drop our exercise routine with it. There are simple things we can do that will keep our bodies ready when those sweaters come off.

Every time you do a chore think of it as a mini workout. When you clean, get into workout clothes and try to break a sweat. When you’re walking up the stairs with groceries, start curling those bags to give your biceps a quick workout. Do a 15 minute Hight Intensity Interval (HIIT) workout or a few sprints up and down your block. It’s shocking how many calories are burned from a short duration HIIT workout. If you can’t make it to they gym, that’s okay! A 15 minute HIIT workout or breaking a sweat doing those chores is just as good. If your week is looking a little hectic and you want some solid gym time, just mark it in your calendar as if it were a doctor’s appointment.

Local fitness classes are also a great way to stay in shape on a tight schedule. Find a class that is fun, something you don’t think of as exercise. In the past decade, the fitness industry has doubled in size with thousands of new workouts. There is a workout for everyone; you just need to find what sparks your interest. Find something you enjoy and soon you will be having workout dates instead of dinner/lunch dates. Exercise is supposed to be enjoyable which is why my husband and I took the activities that we love to do and brought them indoors.

Sandbox Fitness was started by my husband, David, and myself. We both have injuries but that didn’t stop us from wanting to stay active. We would drive to the beach to do sand training which has been around for many years and has been used by professional athletes all over the world. The drive got long and the weather wasn’t always suitable, even though we live in LA, so we figured, “why not bring the beach to us?”

Sandbox Fitness is a boutique fitness studio in the heart of Sherman Oaks right on Ventura Blvd. It features a huge indoor sandbox where all of our classes take place. The sand offers extra resistance and is forgiving on the knees, ankles, back, and other joints. We offer Beach Yoga, Bootcamp, and our featured classes, Surfset® and TRX®. Surfset® was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and is a workout like no other. It utilizes unstable surfboards which mimic the instability of a surfboard on water. It triggers all the stabilizer muscles and your core with every workout. TRX® is suspension training which uses body weight and gravity to provide an unforgettable experience. All of the classes use the natural resistance of the sand and help tone and build functional strength.

If you’re interested in Sandbox Fitness, check out their website at