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    Posted: 07 Nov 2016 at 3:29pm
Hi there, guys! It's been a little bit since I have updated here. I have continued with the hiking and seen some beautiful places. Some hikes are much more difficult and are climbing on hands and knees at some points, whereas others are more leisurely scenic walks. I am also getting more familiar with the trail marking system and keeping my eyes peeled for the different colored dots/signs/markings to follow to make sure that you do not venture off the trail. It is also important to remember this time of year to wear layers, as the higher up you go the colder and windier it will be, and the more you work and get your body moving the warmer you will get.

Anyways, I tried something completely foreign to me a couple weeks ago. Has anyone ever tried Barre classes? I tried a free introductory half-hour Barre3 class that they held in the new Whole Foods market off of Rt 222. The instructor owns a Barre3 studio off of Hamilton Blvd in Allentown and are hoping to open a Bethlehem studio in the near future.

So, Barre3 is basically a combination of pilates, yoga, and ballet moves. In the studio you use a ballet bar to help with some of the poses, although they did not have this at the whole foods store. Basically, you bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Wear either socks or bare feet on your yoga mat. Dress in clothes that will allow you to move and stretch freely. In this class you use your own body weight and small repetitive movements to engage different muscle groups to strengthen and tone your body. You would not believe what a workout it can be just to move an inch back and forth! It was very difficult at some point, and your muscles will begin to shake and quiver as you hold some of the positions. This means that your body is working hard. There are also modifications of each position that you can do if you are not yet able to comfortably do the whole move as the instructor is demonstrating. Overall, this workout is new, fun, and interesting, and will surprise you as to how much of a workout you will get. You will use muscles that you probably don't even know you had! This will most definitely be something I will be doing again in the future!
Laurie Shank, RD, LDN
Bariatric Dietitian
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