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4 Ways to Spice up Your Workout

It’s easy for workouts to get dull and boring, following the same routine can become more of a tedious task rather than something that helps you to meet your health and weight goals. There are several ways to change up your routine. The best way would be to switch up your routine with different types of workouts to avoid burning out.

 

Aerial Yoga

If you really want to lift off your workout, quite literally, try aerial yoga. Aerial yoga is essentially yoga done in mid-air. It’s touted to be better than regular yoga because your body works against gravity and helps you to get more out of your stretches. Usually aerial yoga consists of hanging from a silk hammock and carabiners. The suspension also provides a greater resistance for your body so that you end up getting a more intense workout at the end of each session. The movements in aerial yoga push the body to move and stretch in different ways. These help to tone and redefine your muscles and helps joints become stronger too.

If you want to be more flexible, aerial yoga is the best activity you can do to improve your flexibility, allowing you to move freely and release the tension in your bones and muscles. Another benefit of aerial yoga is how it is able to strengthen the core muscles of the body and increase the flexibility of your spine and shoulder.

Other benefits include aiding digestion, preventing constipation and indigestion. Because aerial yoga improves blood circulation, it combats ageing and the symptoms of premature ageing. The improvement in blood circulation also helps to detoxify the body, more specifically the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which enhances your health and lowers the risk of cardiovascular issues.

 

Kickboxing

If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced, kickboxing might be the answer. The combat sport has gained a lot of traction over the years for offering a full-body, high-intensity workout. Additionally, kickboxing burns high amounts of calories per hour. It is estimated that an average person burns about 350-450 calories in an hour doing kickboxing. Of course, this is also dependent on the individual’s health, weight, metabolic rate and internal and external factors. With your legs and arms working hard to deliver strong kicks and jabs to punching bags, this activity keeps your heart rate high and targets different parts of your body including your core, arms, legs, glutes and your back.

Kickboxing is great for building flexibility and strength, as you will need to perform a number of kicks and punches in different ways. You can improve the health of your heart, joints and your overall strength, balance and coordination with kickboxing. It is important to note that people with pre-existing health conditions, such as knee or back problems should consult their doctors before signing up for a class. Kickboxing is more of a preventative measure against knee and back injuries as opposed to something that helps with injuries.

 

Parkour

Parkour was first utilised by the French military for training. Their training regime consisted of obstacle courses that required soldiers to combine and execute a number of high-intensity movements to get through the course. Some of these physical movements included running, jumping, swinging, rolling and climbing their way through the course. Because parkour pushes every part of your body to get through the course, it’s no surprise that contributes to the fitness of your whole body by offering a full-body workout. Parkour is anything but monotonous, besides pushing your body to its limits it also requires you act and think quickly. Sudden movements with the combination of obstacles of every shape and size before you will push you to make decisions quickly. In addition to developing and trusting your instincts, parkour will also stimulate creativity. If the obstacle before you doesn’t provide a clear solution to overcome it, you will need to think of other ways to get around it. The high-intensity activity also builds your core strength, which helps to prevent back injuries and get through obstacles easily. Similar to other high-impact activity, parkour strengthens your bones as you will be using both your lower and upper body to overcome obstacles. The extreme and constant activity increases your stamina and improves the health of your heart.

 

Kayaking

Kayaking provides a number of key benefits for your body. The activity is versatile in the sense that it can either be a high-intensity or low-intensity sport, depending on your fitness goals. If you want to get the most out of it, ensure that you are actively paddling with as little breaks in-between as possible. By paddling against the water, resistance builds, actively engaging the muscles in your arms and forearms. This resistance training develops muscles and tones your arms. Kayaking also helps to strengthen and build your shoulders, back and chest muscles. You can expect an increase in core strength and even an improvement in cardiovascular health as well. You might think that kayaking does not give your lower body much of a workout since they remain mostly motionless during the whole trip. However, it's the opposite. You legs work to maintain balance and keep you stable while you are paddling. This essentially increases the strength of your lower body.

 

Keep Moving

Exercising can easily become a mundane routine or worst still, a chore when you are doing the same workouts for a prolonged period of time. So switch up your routines every once in a while to keep yourself motivated, so that you can easily achieve your health or weight goals while having fun at the same time.

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