Getting fit! Yes, that’s one of the most common resolutions that people across the world make for the New Year. Easy to say when 2017 is looming far ahead but once it’s upon you, it’s often a tricky balancing act between that extra slice of cake and an early morning push up session at the gym! Fret not, it doesn’t always have to be a crazy push-yourself-till-you-drop-dead kind of gym workout routine. Here’s a list of alternative exercise options that can burn calories and set you up for a power packed day:
This method is a slight tweak on the traditional Pilates exercises founded by Joseph Pilates. It focuses on the natural curvature of the spine and rebalancing muscles and joints, which is why it’s a great form of exercise if you already play a sport and are looking for an additional workout routine to build form and flexibility. The exercise routines are largely concentrated on a floor mat or a spring loaded machine known as the Reformer. With fun equipment like fitness circles, stability balls and flex bands thrown in for good measure, this is a workout that’ll leave you feeling bouncy and energized all day long.
Dance your way to fitness with this technique! Created by Colombian dancer, Alberto Perez in the early 90s, zumba combines dance and aerobic moves to peppy music. With a mix of salsa, hip hop, mambo, merengue, samba and plenty of squats, jumps and lunges added in, this peppy workout routine helps build stamina, posture and of course lets you have a bundle of fun!
Cycling gets an in-house mode in the spinning avatar, with exercise classes being organised indoors on stationary bicycles. The cycles have a weighted flywheel and spinners use a combination of weights to really add that burn to their workout. Classes are led by an instructor to the beats of energetic music and a typical session involves cycling your way through all kinds of “terrain”. It’s a powerful workout for your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and hips.
Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world, encompassing various disciplines like judo, karate, jiu jitsu, taekwondo and wrestling. With techniques focused on enhancing fluidity in combat sport and building self defense mechanisms, this workout routine literally packs a punch!
Don’t let your jaws drop open at the sight of this on a fitness routine list! Did you know belly dancers need immense muscle control to show off those sexy moves? A typical belly dancing workout routine isn’t just about wriggling and shimmying your hips – it involves deep abdominal work, drawing on the strength of your core. Come on, shake that belly!
Lose weight without breaking into a sweat with this aqua oriented workout. It incorporates all the goodness of a heart-pumping aerobics routine, all in the cool confines of a swimming pool. The water’s continuous resistance forces one to engage more muscle fibers than on the ground, which is why you’ll find yourself burning calories while it all seems like play.
With these fun workout ideas, we’re sure your fitness resolutions are off to a great start. If you’re still looking for a push to get you into those workout clothes, enlist a fitness trainer on Urbanclap and get ready to welcome a fitter, stronger, healthier you in 2017.