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Fitness Fads That Are Here to Stay

  By posted Feb 28th 2011
Diet & Fitness

 

fitness fads that are here to stay

Tired of the same old gym workout? Maybe you need a brand new reason and addiction to lose those pounds.  Try these adrenaline thumping innovative fitness fads to rev up your workouts. We guarantee you two things- these new workout routines will give you the much needed break from monotony and they will give you a well-rounded fun workout. So, here are the top 4 fitness fads you won’t regret:

Bhangra and Dandiya Aerobics: Are you a fan of those bollywood jhatkas and matkas? Yes? Then this workout is tailor made for you! The bhangra beat is here to stay and this time it’s determined to grab your attention at the gym. With its ever growing popularity, bhangra and dandiya aerobics include energetic leaps and lunges programmed and choreographed for maximum calorie burn. Traditional dance steps like Gidda and Haripa merge with conventional steps such as Bhangra Slide, or Bhangra Lunge. 

Bhangra and Dandiya aerobics are a mix of basic aerobic steps and free-style dance moves to bhangra beats. It’s claimed that an hour’s session of Bhangra and Dandiya aerobics can burn anything from 600-700 calories.  It involves strength training, cardio-vascular endurance and improves flexibility. Three to four hours of this exercise is all you need in a week to get going. This dancexercise targets your whole body and helps in increased agility and coordination through aerobics dance movements. Still at a growing stage in India, this workout involves group exercise and no specific exercise equipment except a pair of well-fitted shoes and a pair of Dandiya sticks, if need be.

Yogilates: A Combination of Pilates and Hatha Yoga: If relaxing your muscles and balancing your breath is your preferred form of exercise, then Yogilates, a mix of Pilates and Hatha yoga is perfect for you. Yogilates is a highly choreographed form of exercise that combines the core muscular fitness routines of Pilates with the meditative breathing of Hatha yoga. It is an overall workout for your mind, body and soul. The best thing about this fitness routine is that you don't need to join any classes or gym for it, although we do advise it for the first few months of learning. You can continue your learning through online videos and dvds. Approximately 450 to 550 calories are burned during an hour with Vinyasa yoga and pilates. 

Ramping: Ramping, a form of cardio exercise which is quite different from stepping, is a walking exercise where you push motion against an inclined surface, called the ramp. This high intensity workout is a good exercise for beginners as it does not involve high fitness levels or work on extremely choreographed exercise steps, which at times are pretty complicated. The main focus of this exercise is to tone the muscles in front of your leg, hips, thighs and buttocks. 

BOSU or 'Both Sides Utilized': BOSU or 'Both Sides Utilized' training is all about intensifying your movement capabilities along with reshaping the body and strengthening the mind. It involves thoughtful movement that require participants to be physically involved and be "here and present". Fitness experts usually recommend using it for cardio like a step, with hops, jumps, step ups, leaps, and lunges. Also, you can use it for strength training and do squats, lunges, pushups or balance on it while lifting weights. 

A dome is a flat, sturdy platform side. It includes the advantages of a balance board, when used with the platform side facing up, and a solid ball or balance disc, when used on the dome side. Perfect for your flexibility, you can stand or kneel on the dome or you can perform core training by using it for abdominal and lower back exercises to target the core muscles. BOSU is a performance and fitness enhancer.  The basic challenge of this exercise lies in the fact that you are doing exercises that necessitate you to maintain your centre of gravity over a surface that is continuously changing.  

At HealthMeUp, we think that exercise needs to be as much about fun as it is about losing weight or keeping fit. Fitness trends may change at the speed of lightening, but these fitness trends are catching on pretty fast, and with more gyms and fitness studios offering these workout routines, they are here to stay! So, which one are you trying tomorrow morning?

 

 

 

 

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