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FINDING THE RIGHT FITNESS ACTIVITY TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED

Want to tone up? Meet new people? Clear your mind or round off your sport training? Cardio fitness is the answer!

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There are a lot of (very) good reasons to do sport, and especially cardio fitness. Read on to find out all the great things about this well-rounded sports activity. No matter what you're looking for, this sport has it!

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To shape your body

Want to lose a few kilos? Firm up certain areas? These two goals go hand in hand. Stéphane Guéry, a former fitness trainer, explains the best way to go about it and the activities that you should opt for to get results. “On average, 70% of people who work out choose cardio fitness to lose weight. And that's a good thing because it's a sport that can help you achieve this goal.” If you're carrying a few extra pounds, you could start with a spinning class. “Spinning is easy on the joints and burns a lot of calories,” says Stéphane. “It's perfect for getting started!” Depending on your fitness level and options, there are a lot of other activities as well: BODYATTACK™, cardio fit, strength training, circuit training, Zumba, body sculpt etc. “There are different levels of classes and anyone just starting out can try the benefits of all of them. Some will work your heart harder, while others will sculpt your body faster. What's really great is that they are also complementary!” If you try a range of different classes, you're sure to find the one that's right for you!

To shake up your routine

Do you already do sport and want to add an extra activity? In terms of cardio and strength training, cardio fitness is all positive! “It's always interesting, even for athletes, to do more than one activity,” says Stéphane. “To get ready for a trail race, for example, a runner can get a lot out of an hour-long spinning class on their lunch break. They'll strengthen both their thighs and their cardio. If they want to increase their agility and strengthen their joints, they can try circuit training, which will work their cardio and their ankles.” For cyclists, runners and swimmers, cardio fitness will also help develop other parts of the body. “When you do a single sport, you tend to always work the same areas and muscle groups. With cardio fitness, you can specifically focus on a certain area.” In winter, when it's too cold out—even for the bravest sports enthusiasts—a class at the gym can help you maintain your fitness level, cardio and muscle strength. Stretching classes are also great for those who do a lot of sport.

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Everyday well-being

Doing cardio fitness is also about knowing how to take some time for yourself, work out and take a break from your busy day. “I usually recommend that people do a gentler activity at noon to take a break from hectic days. At the end of the day, many like to do something where they really get moving to clear their mind and put the day behind them.” If you want to stay fit while having a good time, you might want to try dance fitness. “Zumba is an great example of a fun activity that anyone can do and which doesn't require any particular skill level to start,” says Stéphane. “You can have a good time and meet other people in the class, disconnect and do sport while having fun. For anyone who wants to enjoy working out, it's a sure bet!”

Do you do cardio fitness? Why did you start? What type of activity do you do? Why do you keep doing it? We want to hear your story!