When we got a Peloton a little over a year ago, I didn’t really want it or think we needed it. But when Chris was between workout plans and I suggested a gym I thought he should join, he said he thought we should get a Peloton. Immediately, I thought that was too expensive, but when he quickly broke down the price compared to multiple family memberships or fitness programs, I was in.
The thing was, I really didn’t like any spinning classes I’d ever taken. For that reason, it took me a while to get into it. It wasn’t until quarantine that I not only took more spin classes, but so many other classes on the app. That’s when I realized how much I loved the bike and Peloton.
Here are just a few of the reasons I love Peloton, and have started using it nearly every day (the bike or app):
The App’s Accountability
The Peloton app has so many amazing features. You can see the full list of classes, both live and on demand, track your progress, see what your Peloton friends are up to, join challenges and more. My favorite thing about the app is seeing my activity in my profile, which keeps me motivated to workout more than I think I would.
I’ve told so many people that you don’t need to invest in the bike or treadmill to be a part of the Peloton community. The app is totally enough. There are so many workouts you can do from your phone, tablet or TV. There are outdoor runs and walks, barre and pilates classes, stretching and meditation, and more.
We started Peloton shortly before the world shut down. When I started using it more, we were in full quarantine. It was a time when we couldn’t see friends or family — and not a lot has changed. It sounds funny, but the community with Peloton is so strong that it made me feel a little less alone. There are a lot of groups you can engage with, you can follow your friends and share about it with others on social media. I now love doing live rides with friends and chatting about it afterward.
The Peloton instructors also create a lot of community. I honestly feel like I’m friends with many of them and love going to “see” them when I take their classes.
I’ve always struggled to workout out due to the time it takes. I work a lot of hours and have a busy schedule with my kids. Carving out at least an hour to go to a gym just hasn’t worked for me since I started my business. With Peloton, I feel like I can get a great workout in during my day. And the day I’m really busy, I can squeeze in a great 15 or 20-minute class. Something is better than nothing.
The Mental and Physical Benefits
Obviously, when you do the cardio and strength classes on Peloton, there are so many physical benefits. Feeling stronger and more fit is something I’m really striving for in 2021. But, the mental benefits are even more important to me. Moving my body always makes me feel happier, less stressed and more confident.
I work a lot and sit at a computer more hours per day than I’d like to admit. Prioritizing fitness isn’t something I’ve always been great at, but as I get older, it’s becoming clearer than ever that it has to be a daily priority. That’s why I’m committing to doing Peloton as many days as possible this year, whether it’s a tough cardio workout or just a walk or stretch. It’s not about losing weight or pushing myself hard, it’s about making movement a daily habit to benefit both my mind and body. Peloton has helped me do that and I’m SO excited to keep the momentum going in 2021.
What are your movement goals this year? Have you tried Peloton yet?