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5 Cool Ways to Get Fit this New Year

New Year, New Fitness Routines!

 
Working out can be so much more fun!

Working out can be so much more fun!

 

Sometimes, working out can get tedious and boring. Admit it, seeing the same old route on your run day in and day out is no fun. Neither can repeating the same routines over and over again at your health club or gym.

Fortunately, you don’t have to limit your workouts to the gym or the trail by your house. There are plenty of activities you can do that will give you the same awesome results and still break the tedium of your regular exercise regimen.

Here are 5 of them.

  1. Soar to new fitness heights with a trapeze workout.

Ever seen Cirque de Soleil? Or maybe just a few circuses here and there? You can’t have missed the high-flying trapeze artists then, have you?

The good news is you can indulge your inner circus star and keep fit with a trapeze workout. Trapeze schools have popped out all across the country, both the indoor and outdoor kinds. Beginners are taught the basics on the ground before taking the flips and turns on air. It’s a good way to work out the upper and lower bodies and strengthen the core.

If you’re looking for a fun, unique exercise, it can’t get any cooler than this.

  1. Unleash your inner hula girl.

Sure, it’s reminiscent of your playground days. But do you know that including a weighted hula into your usual workout routine will do wonders in toning your thighs, abs, arms and glutes. In fact, you can burn 200 calories hula hooping for just half an hour. So why not grab that hoop, pump up the volume of your music and wiggle those hips!

  1. Take pole position.

It’s no secret that pole dancing has a negative image. It’s hard not to associate it with shy high heels and lingerie. But things are changing, thanks to the number of pole academies that have popped up over the last few years.

These days, pole dancing is a fun, alternative and acrobatic exercise that will strengthen and tone muscles. Proponents will tell you that all the stretching and suspension tricks will get you fit like nothing else. Add some dance moves to get the heart pumping and you have your cardio workout, too. It’s another awesome way to strengthen the core and feel sexy while doing it. No wonder the ladies are enamored with it.

  1. Surf it up.

Surfing will help you improve your balance. The strain of maintaining your position on the board will also result in better defined muscles.

If you’re not a fan of the water, however, or if you live too far away from the ocean, you’re in luck. There are now indoor surfing lessons being offered in many health clubs. You get the full surfing experience and the lean surfer body without the need to get wet or slather on sunblock. The exercise mimics actual surfing movements but the nice thing about it is it also incorporates a cardio workout to burn more fat.

  1. En garde!

Want to work both your mind and your body? Why not consider fencing?

Fencing is a sport of fighting using swords, or as they are officially called, foils, epees, and sabers. It uses a set of rules where each hit on any particular body part is equivalent to points. Don’t worry though. You really won’t be at any risk of losing your limbs.

You will lose weight, though. That’s because fencing is usually fast-paced. It will raise your heart rate and help burn calories. At the same time, you’re giving your brain a workout thinking winning strategies. You improve your agility, tone your arm and butt muscles and exercise your mind, too? Sounds like a winner, right?

See? Working out doesn’t need to be a chore. You can get fit and have fun at the same time.

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05 January 2015

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