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The Fuse Fitness Guide: For Beginners

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we all know that that means. We’ll be surrounded by delicious meals and sweet treats that we simply can’t resist. But before you loosen your belts and hide your skinny jeans, check out our tips for keeping those holiday pounds off. At Fuse Cambridge, we offer a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio that makes it easy for anyone to stay active. Sometimes our personal trainers and gear can sound intimidating to a beginner. But not to worry, both are here for your benefit!”

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Here’s how beginners can make the most of our facilities.

There are three different types of exercises that contribute to overall fitness: cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility training.

Our fitness center offers areas for both cardio and strength training, and our yoga studio is the perfect place to improve your flexibility! Making time for each will keep your regimen balanced, and you might not feel so guilty about that extra double-chocolate chip cookie!

Here’s a few work outs that, when used together, can help you achieve all three types of exercises.

  1. Run on the treadmill. It’s simple, but not always easy. Start by walking for 15-30 minutes and then gradually increase the intensity, incline, or time. Running can be a great way to clear your mind and offers a chance for you to push your time and speed. Beating you time on a mile after a month or so of training can be so motivating and a reminder of your inner strength, so put on some good music and get going!
  2. Do jumping jacks. This basic move can be just what you need to get your heart-rate up. To mix it up, try cross jacks where you cross your feed and hands in front of you with each jump. This exercise is a great pre-workout routine and gets those endorphins, aka nature’s happy pill, pumping!

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  1. Use free weights. Our fitness center has them in all varieties, but dumbbells are recommended for beginners. Try doing a dumbbell bench press or bicep curls to build up arm strength. Remember to focus on the amount of reps you can do rather than the weight – you wouldn’t want to pull a muscle!
  2. Try resistance bands. If free weights are a little too intimidating, start off with resistance bands. Work your lower body by wrapping the band around your ankles and taking 10 sideways steps before reversing direction. You can also take traditional exercises like squats or pushups to the next level with the help of a band.
  3. Practice yoga. Yoga not only improves your flexibility and strength, but also is an extremely powerful relaxation tool. Managing stress is an important part of your overall health. Our yoga studio offers regular classes, or you can practice on your own! And the best part?....Our yoga room comes equipped with FITNESS On Demand! A tenant favorite, this fun and innovative way to get a work out in is worth trying out. Choose a class and give it a shot with a group!

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Every fitness guru has to start somewhere, and what better time to get active than the holiday season! We can’t wait to have you as a part of our health and fitness community!