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5 Exercises to Try in the New Year

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 5, 2018 10:36:27 AM / by Alex Olson

Alex Olson

5-Exercises-to-Try-New-Year.jpgNow that 2018 has arrived, we need to get back into the swing of things. The holidays graced us with good times, good food, and lots of memories to last through the coming year but the few extra pounds that we may have tacked on, must go. Healthy eating and exercise must return to our normal routine again!

It can be hard to get out of your rut, and going to the gym can just seem plain boring. To help transition your mind and body back into a healthier mode, let's consider a new workout and consider the oldies-but-goodies. Regardless of your preference, consider getting our of your comfort zone to change it up! Here are a few different workouts that could spice things up a bit AND will make you want to continue working out!


1) Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga, also known as Anti-Gravity Yoga and Flying Yoga, is a new type of yoga, which combines the traditional yoga poses, Pilates and dance with the use of a hammock. Aerial Yoga classes have many hammocks that are suspended from the ceiling or a metal frame and will support your weight, ease pressure, create space in your joints, decrease compression in your spine, and help you increase mobility. Hanging upside down may seem risky, but you can invert in the hammock without putting pressure on your head or spine as you would in classic yoga inversions, which can lead to back and neck pain, and injury over time. Now is a great time to try Aerial Yoga, and since it is new for everyone you need not feel silly giving it a try.


2) Zumba

Zumba is a dance-based workout and it is a super fun way to burn some calories in an hour. The music is loud and energizing, which makes it feel different than the atmosphere in most gyms. Zumba is a full body workout, and it makes you feel like you are working almost every muscle you have throughout this class. Over an hour time period you can work off between 600 and 1,000 calories! Zumba includes interval training in its workout, which is great for fat burning. The music is a mix...one song you will be moving fast to the beat, and the next song you may be working out to a slower beat, and doing slower and more intensive moves. Zumba is also great for your heart health!


3) Spin Class

Spinningis a cycling workout that generally takes place on a stationary bike, with endless variations of resistance that the user can easily increase or decrease the intensity. Spin is such a fun workout and it provides a lot of stress relief. However, you can go as fast or slow as you want or need. There’s typically loud music to keep your mood lifted throughout the whole class and it definitely keeps you wanting to push yourself. Now there are new spin studios where they include dance moves on the bike to work other muscles throughout the class. A person can burn around 500 calories after participating in a 45-minute spin class. This is great when compared to other exercises. Spinning also builds muscle tone, especially in the core and thighs. Spin classes increase your cardio endurance which benefits your cardiovascular health.


4) Hot Yoga

If you like it hot, but prefer to slow things down a bit, consider hot yoga. Hot yoga is a full body workout in addition to a mind workout. It takes both physical and mental strength to complete the class. Being in a hot room for an hour or so raises your pulse rate and enables your blood vessels to become more flexible, which in turn allows you to burn tons of calories. You can burn anywhere between 500 and 1,000 calories in either a 60-minute or 90-minute class! Hot yoga is also great for building muscle tone, as well as weight loss.Yoga is great to relieve stress, and it helps you to build confidence and feel great about yourself.


5) Barre

Barre is a type of workout that is inspired by ballet moves and it also includes components of dance, Pilates, and yoga. Sorry, but if you are like me, you hear the word ballet and think this class might be slow and boring -- but it definitely is not. The music is loud and pumping, and it is an energizing workout. A huge part of barre is isometric movements, which is holding a weight or position for a certain amount of time while your muscles are contracting. This is what helps to build muscle, and you really feel the burn in doing so. In a 60-minute class, you can burn between 400 and 500 calories. Also, barre is one of the best core workouts! Almost every move in barre affects your core! This is a low impact workout, so it is great for all ages!


Begin the New Year right and keep your body happy and healthy! If you start this routine now, you will want to stay with it for the rest of the year! Why not make it your best fitness year yet!


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Topics: Fitness

Alex Olson

Written by Alex Olson

Alex is now a senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences.

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