If you’re a getting fit novice, it’s almost impossible to decide which fitness class is for you. Here are some tips to help…
Let’s face it: aerobics are so 1980s. Zumba fitness is the brand new aerobics, combining cardiovascular and aerobic exercise with fun salsa Latin dance music and choreography. It tones the body in a fun and engaging way, building up your stamina from class to class as you learn increasingly tricky routines and dance moves. If you want, you can transfer your Zumba knowledge to salsa and samba classes to add even more style and rhythm to your normal fitness routines!
Developed in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates (hmm, we can’t think how Pilates got its name!), Pilates intends to restore posture and alignment by strengthening our core muscles. It’s intended to improve any imbalances and weaknesses that our bodies have through a series of mind-body exercises that increase our core strength and stability. People who practice Pilates on a regular basis will end up with a toned, sleek body with great posture, and a lot more awareness of the best and safest ways to move.
Yoga is the sort of fitness class that works for your mind just as much as your body. It was developed in India thousands of years ago and is intended to strengthen muscles as well as helping with flexibility, coordination and balance. Yoga poses are always coordinated with breathing, which often feels like a form of meditation as you focus on the in-out of your breath alongside the movements of your body. Here’s how to start yoga at home if you don’t feel confident enough to go along to a class or if you don’t have tons of time. If you’re interested in looking into yoga further, you might be confused by how many types and styles there are. Hatha yoga is great for beginners, while vinyasa is more fast paced and will help improve your fitness.
If you’d like to get out a little frustration and anger, then there’s absolutely nothing better than boxercise, which is a derivative of boxing and kickboxing in a non-contact setting. You might use punch bags along with skipping and shadowboxing in order to get fit. It’s considered to be a great intense class that will get you in good shape and make you feel calmer and more focused. Get out all your rage on a punch bag instead of complaining about your day to your partner when you get home! You’ll feel fit and empowered.
Like yoga, tai chi will help you meditate through a series of slow, flowing movements that involves a huge focus on breathing. It can help to improve your fitness by lowering your blood pressure and helping to alleviate back pain, and can often be a great exercise for older people as it doesn’t involve anything that could make you get injured easily. It can also help to improve your posture and coordination, along with taking away your stress and giving you more mental and spiritual wellness.