Fitness does not come served on a platter and neither does a healthy lifestyle. A lot of effort, perseverance and patience is required to reach the desired level. While the majority of people still go to the traditional gym for cardio and weight training, many who have got bored are trying new forms of workout at the fitness centres or perhaps finding their own call to stay fit. Being in my late 20βs living in India and working as a freelancer, I too got bored with my gym routine and started looking for something different to keep my body fit and mind at peace. I started with running (and so can you) to build up some stamina and soon after joined a fitness centre providing a variety of group exercises. Hereβs the list of activities I have been doing from the past 6 months and thoroughly enjoying-
Running is by far the most time and pocket-friendly way to stay fit and healthy. And if done right, it can burn more calories than any other conventional exercise. Not only does running help in losing weight, it also boosts confidence and immunity levels. The rise in levels of good cholesterol and elasticity in arteries reduces the risk of heart and lung diseases, leading to improved overall health. All you need is to breathe from your abdomen and get a good pair of running shoes.
This is one of the most basic forms of sports training, yet very effective to stay fit. It helps in respiratory and cardiac functioning, and also improves stamina and body coordination. The results of the workout will depend on the level of intensity and effort put by you. Beginners will be able to release stress while the advance people with powerful punches shall also feel the difference in their strength. My suggestion is to learn from a qualified and experienced boxing instructor to stay safe during the training.
3. Dance Fitness
For years, fitness freaks have been rocking the dance floor on heart-pumping numbers and easy-to-follow choreography. So whether you know how to dance or not, a dance fitness class is a safe place to workout and have fun at the same time. Basically, it is a full body workout with aerobic movements performed on diverse genres of music, and all you need to do is follow your instructor. Depending on the intensity, a dance fitness class can burn upto 500-700 calories along with improving stamina and muscular endurance.
A combination of mental, physical and spiritual practice with its origins in India, Yoga is widely followed around the world. It is a great way to work on your strength and flexibility with a variety of postures and meditation techniques. While the postures should be accurately performed under professional supervision, the breathing techniques play a huge role in managing emotional disorders. So, focus on your breath and take it easy before you become a pro.
5. Functional Training
The primary goal of functional training is to help you perform everyday tasks effortlessly and safely by developing your muscles. It helps in improving the quality of life and reduces the risk of injury. In fact, you can also recover from an injury by taking up functional training exercises. Earlier, this was used by physical therapists as a part of treating patients, however, now it is a part of the daily routine for most fitness enthusiasts. Begin under the guidance of a professional trainer to learn the fundamentals of the workout.