Autumn and winter are filled with so many fun activities and holidays, starting with Halloween and ending with New Year’s Day. Chances are you’ll be surrounded by delicious treats and goodies, and that means there’s a good chance you’ll pack on a few extra unwanted pounds. You can keep the extra weight off by trying one of these five workout trends this holiday season.
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. It is a workout that focuses not only on the physical body, but also the spiritual self and mental aspects of a person. It is a great way to build strength, flexibility, and balance, but it also gives you self-awareness and is an amazing stress reliever. There are tons of different forms of yoga out there, so play around with an assortment of classes, and for an intense workout try a hot yoga class. Not only will you see results with yoga when it comes to your physical body, you might also see improvements in your creativity, self-esteem, and concentration.
Aerial silk workouts are not only a unique way to break a sweat, but also a form of art. This Cirque du Soleil style of exercising utilizes silk fabrics or a silk hammock hanging from the ceiling, and the visually appealing process builds strength and creates muscle tone. It uses a combination of yoga moves and acrobatics, and it is a wonderful option for those looking to broaden their workout routine and try something new.
Zumba is a high-energy form of fitness that has been around for a while now, and it is a great way to get your heart pounding but also have fun while doing so. Zumba incorporates dance choreography and aerobic moves, and combines dance styles ranging from hip hop to salsa to mambo. Many gyms include zumba classes as a part of the regular schedule, and there are most likely several zumba studios in your area. So if you want to have a good time and not only get into shape but also improve your dance skills, give zumba a try.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
High-intensity interval training is not for the faint of heart; it is one of the best – and most challenging – new ways of getting into shape. If you attend a HIIT session, you can expect short spurts of intense anaerobic exercises with short recovery periods in between. Also expect to leave feeling exhausted and sweaty, but it will all be worth it. Results come quick with high-intensity workouts like this, whether you are hoping to build muscle mass or lose weight.
Social Running Groups
If a lack of motivation is what’s keeping you from focusing on fitness, consider signing up for a social experience where others are around to push you through the workout. Most areas have social running groups that leave from the same location at a certain time each day, and it is a great way to be held accountable for your fitness regimen. Other people are counting on you to show up, and you also have the social aspect involved that makes it a fun experience. So go for a long run with your buddies followed by a satisfying breakfast together.