While you may have procrastinated your way through 2012, this year is a new year, and it is time to get fit. With heart disease and other lifestyle diseases on the rise there is no time like the present to get up and get moving. Long gone are the days of hot stuffy gyms and boring workout routines. To help you get started on your journey, we've compiled a list of the hottest fitness trends so that you can have fun as you burn those calories and get fit.
Zumba was created by former aerobics instructor, Alberto Perez, after he forgot his workout music and had his students dance to Latin music. From there the fitness sensation took off. Zumba is a great cardio exercise, but you will barely notice that you’re breaking a sweat as you’ll be too busy learning dance moves from hip-hop, merengue, samba, soca, salsa, mambo and belly dancing. So if you love to dance or are a lover of music, Zumba may be the perfect exercise for you.
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When we think of pole dancing we think of scantily clad women and seedy clubs. However Pole Fitness is quite the opposite. The women who have learned the art are extremely graceful and agile and the performances are truly breathtaking. Some pole dancers have even gone on to perform for Cirque du Soleil, and The International Pole Dance Fitness Association is currently lobbying to turn pole fitness into an Olympic sport.
Pole fitness classes allow you to work out both your upper and lower body, and it really strengthens your core all whilst having fun trying to execute the moves. However, what many women love most about the classes is that they allow them to tap into their inner divas and feel sexy no matter their body type or size.
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Fusion classes enable you to get the most out of an exercise program that you like by combining it with elements from another exercise program to ensure that you are working out your entire body. Fusion classes like Piloxing combine the high intensity workout of boxing with the muscle toning and strengthening of pilates, while Yogalates combines two of the most popular exercise routines for women: yoga and pilates.
Many popular gyms offer fusion classes to enable people to get the most out of their workout, so find two workouts you enjoy doing and do some research because chances are a gym near you offers that fusion class.
Both yoga and pilates are notorious sweat inducers, so before you go you'll want to learn how to keep your hair clean while you sweat.
If you’re serious about losing weight this year and have a goal in mind but need the extra push then boot camp is the perfect thing for you. Fitness boot camps are almost always based on military training and involve rigorous activity for periods sometimes over an hour to help to speed up weight loss and instill discipline as it relates to exercising. Also, the group sessions promote camaraderie for people who bore easily when working out alone and it provides a change of scenery as many of the sessions are usually held outdoors.