Working out should be fun! It is a lot easier to motivate yourself to be active if you know you’re going to have a great time doing it. With the introduction of many new and innovative fitness classes, there are numerous ways to stay in shape or slim down and have fun at the same time.
Zumba is still rated among the most enjoyable and effective ways to torch calories. The Latin dance craze combines simple steps with upbeat rhythms to keep you smiling and having a good time while burning calories.
The constant movements of Latin dances like the salsa, rumba, and cha cha combined with accelerated turns allows for an intense cardiovascular workout.
Although the moves are simple enough to replicate, Zumba still requires concentration, resulting in a great mental workout. An hour long class can burn 600- 1,000 calories, but the fun-factor is usually what keeps Zumba participants coming back for more.
With new dance routines every week, Zumba never becomes repetitive, and many participants forget they are working out until they are dripping sweat and their heart is racing.
Hot yoga, or Bikram yoga, is another trend that has become increasingly popular in a short amount of time. Performing strength-building stretches in a 100-degree room allows the body to sweat out toxins and safely reach new personal levels of flexibility.
In just one session lasting 60 to 90 minutes the cardiovascular system, tissues, muscles, glands, and organs will receive a boost of oxygen production, which aids in the removal of waste from the body.
During a hot yoga class the body is capable of losing up to ten pounds of sweat, which cleanses skin and detoxifies pores. Engage in hot yoga for mental clarity and detoxification, but remember to stay hydrated throughout the class and focus on your breathing.
Cross-fit training has remained in the limelight of strength training for the past few years. This intense and explosive training regime produces remarkable results in professional athletes as well as everyday fitness junkies.
Cross-fit’s goal is to improve overall fitness using a combination of calisthenics, gymnastics, weight training, and running at a high intensity.
These workouts are often timed to increase intensity. Ideally, a cross-fit participant would engage in a different workout everyday to prepare the body for any task.
Cross-fit’s shorter more intense bursts of energy produce fast and efficient results through constantly varied, functional movements. If you are looking for a tough workout with real results, cross-fit is for you.
Fusion fitness is becoming popular all over the country. This inventive class combines drastically different fitness techniques to produce results and create variety in your workout. Fusion fitness, originating in Los Angeles, has become a hit in record time.
Using a mixture of two to three types of different fitness routines per class help to break routine and develop strength, agility, balance, and coordination. The blend of different routines also reduces workout times.
Piloxing is one form of fusion fitness that has proven to be fun and effective. The conglomeration of kickboxing, pilates, and dance increase strength and core stability while increasing heart rate and oxygen circulation.
The breathing patterns of pilates and boxing are remarkably similar, bringing unity to the workout. There are an abundance of different fusion workouts that vary in intensity and interesting combinations.
Fusion fitness is definitely worth trying if you are looking for a fun and interesting way to spice up your workouts.
Whether you choose Zumba, hot yoga, cross-fit, or fusion fitness, variety in workouts is the key to seeing changes in your physique.
The added fun-factor and competitive feel of each will motivate you to get moving and enjoy yourself, while torching calories and creating a better you. Get out there and try a new class.
They are all beneficial to your health and your happiness.
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