Musicians spend a lot of time practicing their instruments every day. Although it is an indispensable daily routine, being sedentary and maintaining the same posture for a long time can bring about various body aches, or more seriously even irreversible pain and sequelae to the body. So far, I am glad that I have not experienced such troubles, perhaps because I have maintained the habit of exercising. Whenever I become tired after practicing piano or doing homework, I can always rejuvenate myself by exercising.
The university campus recreation provides a well-rounded schedule of diverse group fitness classes. I experienced Yoga, MIXXED FIT, BODYATTACK, and Zumba classes in a week. My favorite is BODYATTACK, which is a high-intensity aerobic exercise that combines different muscle strength training. Lots of runs and jumps were also included in this class. All these vigorous movements made me really excited. Overall, the atmosphere of these fitness classes was very relaxed and pleasant, and there was neither experience required nor lots of pressure.
I could simply follow the teacher’s instructions or imitate the teacher’s movements. There were many kinds of music playing throughout the classes as well, which made me feel more involved and made the classes more interesting. But even so, the classes were filled with non-stop sets for 50 minutes and mostly ran at a fast pace. This was my first time doing multiple land aerobic exercise sets in a row for so long. Though I was physically drained, moving my body and sweating brought me a great sense of satisfaction.
I’m very happy to participate in these excellent group fitness classes. They are purely fun and wholesome. More importantly, they are done indoors, so I don’t have to worry about the weather outside. I should attend more frequently in the future to maintain my exercise habit and also be a healthy musician.
Chin-Hsuan Sharon Cheng