Everyone dreams of having a beach body. That perfect build to make you feel good about yourself. If you love yourself and love sweating even more, here are five trending workouts you can add to your workout vocabulary to help you burn fat, gain strength and leave you beaming through the day.
1. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT workouts have been gaining popularity among those who love to exercise but do not have enough time to spare (1-2 hrs) each day. These high intensity workouts are adjustable to suit your fitness levels, timings and requirements while promising results in a short span of time. You begin an exercise from a circuit, go at a steady pace for a set period of time and relax for a few seconds before you repeat the exercise or jump into the next exercise in the same circuit. A circuit can be repeated twice or thrice in one go, or you can mix and match and play around with the exercises depending on your body condition each day. They can be done using your own body weight, external weights or you can use your imagination and invent various other apparatus. You can design these workouts yourself in intervals of 50s/10s, 40s/20s, 30s/30s, or 20s/10s depending on your fitness level and one can complete a workout in 30 minutes or less while resting for 2-3 minutes between circuits. To workout on the go, a number of apps are available in the android market, guiding you through HIIT workouts. You can make this a part of your mornings, 4-5 times a week, to kick start your day with high intensity.
2. Body-Weight Training
Who says you require external weights to gain endurance and muscle strength? Make use of your own body weight for building muscle. Body-Weight Training is the most inexpensive and feasible way to get yourself into shape. Avoiding the use of gym equipments, it ensures that you build healthy muscle with exercises like squats, push-ups, lunges and planks. You learn how to manipulate exercises and angles to strengthen your body while still remaining flexible. Also, you cannot complain that you do not have your equipment, cause let’s face it, your body goes everywhere with you!
3. Cardio Workouts
Did you know that grooving to your favourite beats is a workout in itself? Designed around dance and movement are workouts like Zumba and Aerobics which have been attracting people like a bee to a flower. While the latter has been around for a good few years now, Zumba is one of the current trending cardio workouts, related to movement. These are fun ways to burn that fat with a big smile across your face.
Developed by German born Joseph Pilates, Pilates is body-balance exercise technique propagated mainly through the US. These exercises are practiced slowly, with utmost ease; helping one reach deeper into their muscles ensuring internal strength, while it aids in increasing the understanding of their body. It is highly advised to practice this form with instructors to acquire correct knowledge of various exercises, before practicing it yourself. It is the most popular form of exercise amongst dancers.
Yoga is the best form of exercise for one to relax, recuperate and obtain total body flexibility. There are a number of Yoga styles like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bikram that can be practiced and one can choose them depending on their requirement. Similar to Pilates, this ancient art form is better understood when practiced under the guidance of professionals before habituating to it yourself.
Always remember to warm up and cool down, for 10 minutes or more, before and after each workout, respectively. It keeps your body from getting sore and helps your muscles to stay fresh and ready for your workout the next day.
So, what are you waiting for? Pump up the volume and sweat it out!!