Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband, their four teenage children, and two rescued dogs. By turns, she is a writer, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and dreadful cook. Her first novel, Five Days Left, is out in paperback. Her second book, Untethered, was released earlier this month. She shared this personal story exclusively with FirstforWomen.com.
What it is: Fitness classes on specialized bikes, set to music and led by an instructor.
Required energy level: You decide.
Pros: A great cardio workout, delivering even more endorphins than CrossFit. When I’m feeling stressed and need to burn off nervous energy, this is my go-to. You’re in control of your exertion level, so if you’re feeling extra fine or less than fine, you can make the necessary adjustments, no matter what the rest of the class is doing. You’ll increase leg strength without assaulting your joints. Spinning tends to cost less than many other classes.
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Cons: There’s no upper body component.
Keep or dump: Keep, but I try to supplement with upper body exercises.