Fitness

Fitness & Beyond #4

Fitness
Seven Reasons Crosscycle is King

CROSSCYCLE IS AN ALL-IN-ONE WORKOUT.

Don’t know what to do? Don’t worry. Crosscycle is specifically designed so that you can get a fierce cardio workout along with HIIT strength repetitions. It’s the perfect combination to ensure that you are getting a complete workout.

CROSSCYCLE CAN MAKE YOUR MIND & BODY FEEL BETTER.

Strength training can help with the body and mind (see our last blog) by building muscles used in everyday activities and stimulating the endorphins in the mind. HIIT stimulates your heart to pump more efficiently, which can lower your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and improve your endurance over time.

CROSSCYCLE GIVES YOUR METABOLISM A JOLT.

Crosscycle workouts are HIIT (high-intensity interval training) style, the exercises create a huge metabolic reaction and spark your metabolism to get going. After a HIIT workout, your metabolism gradually burns down and simmers for a long time.

CROSSCYCLE IS GOOD FOR YOUR JOINTS & BONES.

Strength training has been shown to reduce the risk of osteoporosis by maintaining bone density and lowering the likelihood of fractures, which is important as we age.  Cycling is a low-impact sport, so these workouts will take it easy on your bones and joints while still challenging your muscles and endurance. 

CROSSCYCLE WORKS YOUR ENTIRE UPPER BODY.

When you finish a class and your body is sore, you know it’s been a good workout. Crosscycle gets your arms, shoulders, back, core, and heart involved, so you move away with a complete and total workout. HIIT workouts like Crosscycle involve quick bursts of vigorous exercises followed by periods of lighter activity or rest to let your body recover. That might mean 30 seconds of all-out cycling followed by 30 seconds of light cycling.

CROSSCYCLE CHALLENGES YOUR BODY.

New members have talked about how the mix between cycling and strength creates a dynamic that allows them to learn new exercises and forces the body to react in a new way. When it comes to deciding what to switch up, Kakana instructors say you need to challenge your body. It’s important to keep your body guessing. Challenge your body to move in different planes, it will help overall functional strength & mobility. Push outside that comfort zone & try something new. That is when you grow.

CROSSCYCLE CLASSES FLY BY.

When it’s fun, it goes by fast.

Fashion
Accessibility is for Everyone

“The shoe and apparel line are made with the same innovative FlyEase technology that was developed using insights from the disability community.”

Nike has recently used their FlyEase technology to create a kids shoe. For the longest time disability activists, advocates, and well anyone in the disability world has been screaming from the rooftops that if you create a project with accessibility in mind it will benefit more than just individuals with disabilities. It could be a ramp for a building or captions on a video. In this case, it’s sneakers. 

If you think that Nike is now the beacon of hope for corporations and is doing this out of the kindness of their heart, let’s calm down. As we all know, Nike will crank out 3 colors a season and make millions off of their technology, as they should. If companies lean into accessibility, they too could make millions, but for some reason, most stay on the sidelines.

Here’s to Nike’s newest revenue stream and a sneaker that has made a significant improvement in millions of people’s lives.

Activities
Accessible Gaming

The gaming world is catching up. A report on the needs and habits of disabled gamers in the U.K. suggests that millions worldwide face difficulties regularly in how they play, buy, or otherwise enjoy games. Now, we could have told you that. But what you may not know is that organizations like AbleGamers are quickly making inroads to help bridge the gap not only in the hardware area, they collaborated with Microsoft on the XBOX Adaptive Controller, but also in the setup, display, and chat forums.

The Scope study also found that individuals with disabilities actually spend more money on in-game items. Maybe the huge amount of disposable income that the disability community wields is opening the eyes of the gaming community.

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