According to the American Heart Association, as little as thirty minutes of exercise a day can increase an individual’s optimism, boost energy levels and help manage stress.
Orlando Portieles, a member of Gainesville Health and Fitness, does not just go to the gym to keep fit and manage his school stress better, but he says it is the best way to meet new people.
Portieles has been a member of the local gym for well over a year and says that although he often finds it hard to find the time to fit in a good workout, being able to link up with friends he’s met through the gym and attend fitness classes makes it all worthwhile.
Portieles said that after moving to the United States from Cuba, he packed on over sixty pounds of excess weight. After coming to the realization that getting back into shape was his only way to a healthier lifestyle, he started hunting down options to help him shed the pounds faster. Portieles now regularly attends sports conditioning fitness classes with other Hispanic fitness buddies he has met through the gym. He says that obligating himself to classes and agreeing to meet up with other individuals makes him feel more motivated to attend workouts.