If you’re bored by conventional workouts, don’t despair! There are lots of alternative, fun ways to stay fit. This month, Kiran Krishnakumar, a Delhi-based fitness trainer, shared some tips with us on how to make exercising more fun and exciting
Pump it up with Zumba: A series of repeated aerobic movements that incorporate various dance forms like salsa, mambo, and cha-cha form the main choreographic structure of this fitness routine. Zumba movements basically focus on burning calories for the duration of the class by involving every part of the body and complete muscle movement.
The combination of dance movements and a groovy musical experience makes Zumba practically effortless to perform, and can very well be practised at home without much supervision. This workout method has gained extensive popularity in the past decade and is one of the most sought-after workout techniques today, especially because of its light and refreshing approach to fitness.
Regain focus and core strength with martial arts: The idea of incorporating martial arts into a workout routine has evolved over time, since these activities are not limited to only achieving fitness and health. Most martial arts were originally structured around a defence strategy that requires enormous amounts of discipline as well as self-awareness.
While performing this routine, you will not feel bored or lethargic, since the very concept behind this type of fitness routine is to energise your mind and body. It allows you to gain control of your thoughts and achieve mental health while achieving physical fitness. However, martial artsis a strict discipline and cannot be exercised without careful supervision of a trainer.
Bodyweight training with unconventional equipment: Even though you may not have the motivation to join a gym and devote your hours to a traditional body workout, you can use training methods and equipment from your own surroundings to achieve similar results. In particular, bodyweight training uses your own body weight as resistance against itself, instead of any gym apparatus. Basic, but effective exercises such as push-ups, squats, sit-ups and pull-ups can work wonders, and can be done anytime, anywhere.
Explore power yoga: Power yoga differs from the ancient art of classical yoga in its approach towards achieving fitness. Stripped of excessive meditation and incantations, power yoga focuses on an intense flow of yogic postures, which change rapidly while aiming to efficiently build control and endurance.
Power yoga has its centre in strengthening the power of mind over body, and helping to achieve control of your cognition. Meanwhile, the different postures focus on toning up a wide variety of muscles. This type of routine, too, requires careful supervision.
Just dance: Be it salsa, which focuses on your abdominal and hip regions, or contemporary, which requires significant muscle movement and stretching, dance is the most entertaining and fruitful method for achieving fitness and rejuvenation.
In addition to these alternatives, Pankaj Arora from Technogym shares some simple cardio workouts to keep those calories burning:
Jumping/Skipping rope: Simple yet effective, jumping rope for a few minutes can do wonders for your body weight. It works your entire body, and helps you improve your hand-eye coordination.
Kickboxing: Kickboxing is primarily known for developing great cardiovascular fitness, and unlike running, cycling and other popular cardio activities, it works the whole body while hitting the core muscles hard, too.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT sessions are only 15-20 minutes long if you don’t count the warm-up and cool down parts. For best results, you should go for HIIT training every second or third day. This form of training helps because whenever you do reps, you perform them with great intensity.
Stair training: Stair exercises will help you increase your cardiovascular stamina, and will also tone your lower body. It might be a little tiring at the beginning, but with persistence, you’ll soon notice that you can perform several other tasks and improve your everyday stamina and performance.