exercise-9-300x272There’s a movement sweeping Herbalife. It’s motivating people to get active and fit, inspiring Independent Herbalife members to work exercise into their daily lives. It provides camaraderie and inspires friendships. What is it? It’s Herbalife24 Fit Clubs.

From the parks of Manhattan to Papeete on the Island of Tahiti, Fit Club members are regularly working together to get or stay fit. Studies show that people who exercise together are more likely to achieve their fitness goals; sweating it out together is motivating in itself, but group exercisers also benefit from social support and varied exercise.

Next time you’re at Herbalife24 Fit Club, or even just with a few motivated friends, why not add a few heart-healthy exercises into your routine? Aerobic activity—also called “cardio”—involves repeatedly moving large muscles in your body. While other types of exercise are important for total wellness, too, it’s important to work aerobic exercise into your workout routine. This type of movement gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and helps support the health of the endothelium, among other benefits.

If you’re not sure what exercises to do, here are three you can try at your next Herbalife24 Fit Club:


Exercise: Walking/jogging

How to do it: Pick a scenic greenbelt or trail, and move your body! If you live in a city, you can go to a large local park and do laps. For those new to exercise, a brisk walk is a great way to start. Each time you engage in walking or jogging, push yourself to go a little harder and longer. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to carry on a conversation while engaging in this activity; if you’re having trouble breathing or have to breathe between words, you might want to slow down.


Exercise: Step aerobics

How to do it: I’ll admit step aerobics make me think of ’80s fitness videos, but there’s a reason they were so popular during that decade: They’re a fun way to get the heart pumping. To do this activity, simply find a step in a public place like a park, or purchase one for around $30 to use outdoors or at home, and get stepping. During colder months, people in your group can also take turns hosting in-home workouts to aerobics videos. You can find a variety of instructional videos online; I like the “Fat Burning Circuit” video by Samantha Clayton, which includes some step exercises.


Exercise: Jumping rope

How to do it: This childhood classic makes for a great heart-healthy exercise for adults. To select a jump rope that fits your body, place one foot in the center of the rope, and pull the handles upwards; they should come to about your armpits (but not past). While turning the rope, keep your elbows in, and turn the rope with just your forearms and wrists, keeping the shoulders steady. As you jump, don’t overdo it; you only need about 1 to 2 inches of space for the rope to clear under your feet. If you get tired of turning the rope, or if you don’t have a jump rope available, you can just do the motion of turning the rope and jumping. Jumping without a rope is not the same workout, but it’s still good movement.


Whether you’re part of a Fit Club, or just meeting with a few motivated friends, try working these heart-healthy exercises into your routine. Remember that aerobic exercise targets the heart and cardiovascular system, but you need all types of activity to maintain total wellness. What activities do you do with your fitness group? Share in the comments, or let me know on Facebook or Twitter.