Shaping Up Your Week

Thirty minutes or less. It used to be the promise at the end of a pizza order. But, now that lifestyles are speeding up, and workdays are getting longer, it’s a necessary time frame for almost any activity. Unfortunately, while your health should be a top priority, the length of many fitness classes leave you forced to prioritize between work and health. But, there is good news. The Center for Disease Control suggests just 2.5 hours of moderate exercise throughout the week to meet health recommendations. “We know that 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but it’s not. [That’s] about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie. The good news is you can spread your activity throughout the week, so you don’t have to do it all at once,” stated the CDC. You know what that math comes down to? Less than 30 minutes per day. We rounded up the schedule-friendly classes in town for the perfect work/workout life balance.

Local fitness classes for busy lifestyles

Kickboxing & Boxing 30 Class, TITLE Boxing Club: When there isn’t time to dedicate to the Power Hour, TITLE Boxing Club offers a convenient solution. Whether it is a kickboxing class or a boxing class, the shortened high-intensity workouts offer just the right amount of cardio to satisfy a daily exercise demand. 400 W. Seventh St.,

Smart Barre Express & Smart Cardio Express, Smart Barre Studios: Perfect to squeeze into a hectic day, the benefits from an express barre or cardio class make the 30-minute workouts totally worth it. Barre Express aids in strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and burning fat. Cardio Express, while still a barre class, focuses on increased heart rates and utilization of the whole body. Three Fort Worth locations,

Kickboxing, 9Round Fitness: No set class time or schedules here. During business hours, members can walk in whenever they please and almost immediately start their 30-minute exercise with a trainer. Workouts start every 3 minutes and change daily. Each full-body workout session can burn up to 500 calories. 3049 Greene Ave.,

10 [30 Minute] Private Sessions, Abundio’s Studios: Since Abundio’s Studios plans to relocate to the River District, group classes are on hiatus. But to fill the void, Abundio’s trainers still offer packages of ten 30-minute personal training sessions that focus on a variety of strength and endurance exercises such as weight training, cycling, kickboxing, and TRX. Perfect for those without a lot of time and with specific health goals in mind. 2927 Shamrock Ave.,

Express Jazzercise, Jazzercise Fort Worth Fitness Center: If a quick, pre-weekend workout is what you’re looking for, Jazzercise Fort Worth Fitness Center is here to help. A 30-minute, get-pumped-up for the weekend and dance-the-stress-away class for all those leaving the office Friday afternoon awaits. This cardio-heavy class makes the heart pump and calories burn in half the normal time. 2924 Cleburne Road,

Meditation Class, Indigo Yoga: Hectic work hours and busy lifestyles don’t leave much time for focusing on mental health. If you want to cut down stress and get over the middle-of-the-week hump, Indigo Yoga offers an early morning meditation class. Meditating even for 30 minutes regularly can help with concentration and attention, slow down the aging process of the brain, and reduce anxiety or depression. 5111 Pershing Ave.,  FWinc

All you need is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, five days a week to:

  • Lose weight. Studies show that 30 minutes a day versus an hour is enough for weight loss.
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lessen risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase mood, energy, and stamina
  • Increase libido
  • Maintain mental well-being
  • Improve circulation and digestion
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve overall health and fitness