But maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done. Sometimes the monotonous nature of a gym or other exercise routine could work as a killjoy. But what if working towards a fit and healthy body was all about having fun? What if exercise became synonymous with oodles of energy, lively music, and peppy routines? Having fun while staying healthy would certainly make fitness an exciting thing to look forward to, and there are workouts that promise to make your working out routines look more like a dance party.
Below are some lively and power-packed workouts that you could try as you work your way towards a healthy lifestyle.
Zumba is soaring through the popularity charts owing to its lively element. It is one of the most fun yet effective workout routines. Started by a fitness instructor Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez in the mid ’90s, it involves a combination of different Latin dance styles and grooving to some pulsating beats. Doing a Zumba dance provides a full body workout. This fun workout routine incorporates moves that improve the cardiovascular system which helps in burning fat. Since a Zumba dance involves moving the body to the rhythm of the music, it involves squats and twists which help tone the body. This workout routine surely promises to combat boredom by creating an energetic atmosphere.
If you are up for some hip swivelling like Shakira, while torching those pesky calories, then this is one class you’ve got to sign up for. This method is made up of a crazy combination of cardio, resistance training, kick boxing, and the demanding dance moves, which promises to leave you sweating, toned, and going back for more. This method that combines jazz music with aerobic exercise is perfect for people of all fitness levels, and it works every muscle group in the body, which leads to stronger bones reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Shaking those hips to some heart-pumping, bass-dropping music will leave you energised throughout the day, while keeping those nightmarish calories at bay.
Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, this exercise is practised all over the world. This challenging, yet fun routine is extremely flexible, where modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. This refreshing mind-body workout helps develop flat abs and a strong back, elongates and strengthens the muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. Incorporating Pilates as part of your fitness routine will help evenly balance and condition the musculature, and a body with balanced strength and flexibility is positioned for better performance and less prone to injuries.
Speak of flexibility, stress reduction, inner peace, and for most fitness junkies out there, the word “yoga” pops into their head. This 5,000-year-old Indian body of knowledge is a form of exercise that involves twisting, turning, stretching, and breathing that provides holistic well-being of body, mind, and soul. Yoga improves flexibility, builds muscle strength that helps protect from conditions like arthritis, perfects the posture, protects the spine, and strengthens the bones, thus warding off osteoporosis. It also helps regulate the blood flow, boosts the immune system, improves balance and focus, keeps one happy and content, and provides myriads of other benefits.
Find a good yoga class and hop on the fitness train.
Exercising not only helps physically, but also on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. While it might be hard to find some motivation to do the mundane exercises, try one of the above mentioned routines that promise to put the fun back into your fitness workouts. So get those dancing shoes out, and get ready to swivel those hips as you crush away the calories and become the proud owner of a toned and sculpted body.