When an exercise is difficult and unenjoyable, you’ll find any excuse not to do it. You’ll moan and groan and decide to skip out on your workout tonight…and tomorrow…and then the next day. When it is fun, you’re not only happier, but you’re more likely to stick with a routine. Take some time to explore what works best for you.
Here are some of the most popular ways people are exercising right now:
Aerial yoga, also known as anti-gravity yoga, combines traditional yoga poses, Pilates, and dance with the use of a silk fabric called a “hammock” or “swing” to support the weight of your body. It also helps achieve various postures with more depth, ease, and excitement. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. This form of yoga also helps strengthen core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.
If you’re looking for something a little more intense, try Orangetheory—a one-hour, full-body workout focused on training endurance, strength and power. This type of workout uses heart rate based interval training, which burns more calories post-workout than a traditional exercise. When wearing the heart rate monitors, your real-time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. The intensity is based on your individual heart rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels.
Want to bring out your inner child and try something fun that is almost 70% more effective than jogging and requires less effort? Try a trampoline workout! Trampolining works your lower back and leg muscles. It’s a great combo of cardio and strength training. It not only develops upper and lower body strength, but it improves balance and coordination, muscular strength and endurance, lung and cardio capacity, and releases endorphins. You can either purchase your own mini trampoline to use at home or visit a trampoline park. Supermodel Cindy Crawford has done this workout for three decades and swears by it!
People often consider water aerobics to be a low-intensity workout program designed only for pregnant women or the elderly. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Water aerobics is not limited to any age group or skill level. Water aerobics is the performance of aerobic exercise in fairly shallow water such as in a swimming pool. Done typically in waist deep or deeper water, it is a type of resistance training. It is low-impact and easy on the joints. With the temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, water aerobics sounds like the ideal way to work out!
Mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional training. The moves are choreographed to motivating music. In each energizing and targeted workout, you’ll use the barre and exercise equipment such as mini-balls and small hand weights to sculpt, slim, and stretch your entire body. You’ll target multiple muscle groups at once. Barre is intensely focused on improving core strength and enhancing flexibility.
For Post-Workout Recovery:
Cryotherapy and Infrared Saunas
Cryotherapy exposes the skin to subzero temperatures for three minutes. That exposure causes blood to leave the extremities and move into the core, where it is cleaned, oxygenated, and nutrient enriched. This treatment is favored by Olympic athletes and Victoria’s Secret models. Those of you who can’t brave the cold may want to try infrared saunas. This offers a warmer way to reduce inflammation while removing seven times the amount of toxins from the body than a traditional sauna.
The options for exercise are pretty much endless, so go ahead, try something and get moving!
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