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The Rites of Spring (And How to Get Off Your Butt Again)

The first day of spring. We’re no longer hunkering down for the long winter with bulky sweaters and glasses of red wine (OK, I still am). But when the snow finally stops, many of us feel the urge (or guilt) to get off our butts and venture outside.

Living in Toronto, particularly in the ‘triangle of eternal youth’ near Trinity Bellwoods Park, it’s easy to compare yourself to how everyone else looks. A lazy winter of gorging does not make for sleekest silhouette. I find the best way to break out of this delicious cycle is by throwing myself into a group fitness class. Someone screaming orders at me as I am visually confronted with fitter specimens is always a powerful incentive.

It can be confusing as to where to start. Here are some tips to make your decision when it comes to selecting a fitness program.

    1. Look for something you think you’d actually enjoy
      For me, running is akin to being strapped to a Breaking Wheel. It’s a torturous, joyless affair, where five minutes feels like 5 days. So I don’t do it. I like to dance, so I’ve had a good time at Barreworks, which is a dance-based workout. I like fighting, so I’ve done Tae Kwon Do. Do something that’s at least somewhat enjoyable so you won’t be counting off the seconds until death’s sweet release the whole time.


    1. Compare
      Learn Buffet’s May 2013 launch will take away alot of this guess work (you’ll be able to compare classes/prices/read reviews). But until then, ask around. Word-of-mouth is a great way to get information about what classes are good from people you trust – your friends. They know you best and can steer you in the right direction.


  1. Open Your Eyes
    I wouldn’t know that there are knife-throwing classes in Toronto or that I could finally learn to pole-dance around the corner from my apartment if I hadn’t been paying attention. A lot of classes are simply advertised with sandwich boards placed out on the street. If I was maniacally checking my iPhone instead of looking where I was walking, I’d never have known. This openness to checking out your surroundings also prevents traffic injuries, I’ve heard.