So how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Chances are, if you’re like most people, you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Whether it’s cutting out alcohol, dieting or taking up a new fitness regime, by the second week of January it all seems like too much effort. It’s a miserable month at the best of times, so why deny yourself some of life’s simple pleasures?
Taking more exercise is one of the most beneficial resolutions you can make, so why do we find it so hard? The answer could be that we simply won’t stick at something we don’t enjoy, so the secret is to find something you like doing.
Pounding the pavements or lifting weights isn’t for everyone but exercising in a group or to music may just be the motivation you need. Let us guide you through our selection of some of the latest fun but effective fitness class ideas for 2016.
Zumba hit it’s peak a couple of years ago but it is still going strong because it is FUN! If you don’t already know, Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. It combines dance and aerobic moves and has become a world wide phenomenon. If you love dancing but want to ensure you get a good all over body workout then it’s definitely worth a try. As well as classes at a range of places from church halls to fitness studios, there are DVDs, books and weekend breaks where you can immerse yourself in everything Zumba.
Bollywood meets aerobics in this dance based fitness class. ‘Just Jhoom’ actually means ‘Just Dance’ and it draws on a range of classical Indian and Bhangra dance styles, often finishing with a series of yoga moves as a cool down. Although not as aerobically challenging as some classes, it still gets the heart pumping and challenges your grey cells as you get to grips with coordination. If you’ve tried Zumba and fancy a new challenge then a Just Jhoom class is worth a try. Tip: you don’t have to dress like the picture below but it’s something to aspire to!
Suspension belt training has become big news in the fitness world in recent months. TRX is probably the most popular brand and although workouts can be done at home, some professional training is advised to avoid injury. A series of exercises using your body weight and gravity promises a stronger core and improved balance and flexibility. Suspension training was developed in the Navy SEALS so can be pretty hardcore! Classes vary but can include some floor work as well as using the belts. It’s a great choice for all over toning and as cross training for other sports such as running and cycling.
No, not a tea making session, but another fairly recent fitness phenomenon which builds strength and flexibility. Long favoured by Russian athletes, and purportedly been around since 1704, a kettlebell is a cast-iron ball with a handle on top. They come in varying weights and are used in a series of moves which challenge your strength and balance. Again, another great workout for all over toning.
As it’s name suggests, not for the faint hearted, although you can go at your own pace. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can really reap benefits in terms of weight loss and calorie burning and an Insanity class does just that. A series of circuits are performed with short intervals of rest in between to really raise your heart rate. Performed to up tempo music, the class engenders a fantastic spirit of camaraderie and an ‘we can get through this together’ attitude! The original Insanity Workout programme also focuses on diet and demands a high level of commitment. Many types of workouts are now based on similar HIIT principals, such as our own Aztec Warriors class.
Pilates has been around a long time, in fact ever since German gymnast Joseph Pilates devised the series of movements back in the 1830s to help combat his own aches and pains. The overriding premise is that if our core muscles are weak, other muscles have to come into play to support us, leading to numerous stresses and strains, particularly on our backs. This has since been proven to be the case and millions of people worldwide use regular Pilates to help ease back pain. It’s also had something of a revival since supermodels and actresses have claimed it’s what’s helped them obtain their long-limbed, toned gorgeousness. You can read more about the benefits of Pilates here in one of our previous blog posts.
So, there’s no excuse not to get back on track with an exercise routine you really enjoy. If these classes sound appealing, you can come along and try some of them absolutely free at the Aztec Studio Fitness Taster Weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January.
Find out more about the classes on offer at the Aztec Studio and how you can join their great value fitness class membership for only £19 a month at www.tlh.co.uk/aztec-leisure/aztec-studio/ or give them a call on 01803 400190.
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