The Winter doldrums have finally lifted. Time to come out from hibernation, but who wants to rummage through the attic for those old running shoes!?
Equipped with a nifty calorie burning calculator I determined the average adult running at a 15 minute per mile pace burns up to 363 calories per hour. Scouring the Internet I found nine creative workouts that burn just as many, if not more calories per exercise! From trampoline fitness classes to hula-hooping, here are nine innovative ways to work up a sweat and have a blast!
Albert “Beto” Perez, is the chief architect behind the hip shaking empire aptly named Zumba. A Colombian dancer and choreographer, Perez first crafted the immensely popular fitness regime in the 1990s fusing over ten styles of Latin rooted dance genres into one spectacular dance party. Each Zumba session integrates various degrees of cardio and muscle conditioning, all while moving and grooving to the beats!
According to the official Zumba platform, there are currently twelve varieties of instruction to choose from and over 200,000 locations worldwide offering classes. With titles ranging from Zumba Gold, focused on older adults for a lower-intensity workout to Zumbini, a workout specifically catered towards facilitating bonding time with parents and children ages one to four years old there is a class and a location for everyone to enjoy!
Looking for an intense, calorie burning core workout?! No, don’t hit the floor for crunches, grab a hula-hoop instead!
A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research discovered that over a six-week period of utilizing a hula-hoop for exercise, participants experienced a substantial decrease in both waist and hip circumference.
Other than the proven results, two of the most appealing facets of hula-hooping are the independence the activity fosters and the cost effectiveness. With no classes to attend or bulky equipment to transport, and hula-hoop prices ranging from a mere six to ten dollars a hula-hoop workout is the perfect independent activity to slim down and have fun while doing it!
On the surface the general practice of Yoga suggests serenity, tranquility, and a soothing atmosphere. But don’t hold your breath for too long! A new fitness fad sweeping the nation is turning the practice of Yoga upside down and the temperature way up!
Hot Yoga, as the classes are affectionately called employ the power of heat to transform the common Yoga workout into a calorie burning triumph. On average, most studios where Hot Yoga is practiced are cranked from 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the specific studio and instructor. The benefits of harnessing heat in a work out are tremendous. Just three examples of those benefits are detoxification of the body, increased metabolism, and accelerated healing of bodily injuries such as back pain.
Sound too steamy? Relax! Yoga instructor and blogger Aofie Webster expounds, “Yoga is not a competitive sport and everyone should take the class at their own pace. You can take a break, take the basic option in a pose or lie down and rest in Savasana whenever you need – just do whatever you are capable of.”
Calling all adventure seekers! Nature hiking is an amazing way to get outside, un-plug, and of course, get that heart rate pumping!
In today’s interface-dependent society nature hiking offers an optimal solution for people desiring to un-plug from the constant barrage of updates and posts we encounter on a daily basis.
Whether vertically climbing the peak of Hanging Rock Trail in Hanging Rock State Park, located in Danbury, North Carolina or checking out the gorgeous scenery in Battery Park just inside the hustle and bustle of New York City, nature hiking opportunities can be discovered and taken advantage of nationwide.
The inky blackness of the room covers you like a blanket. Velcro vest tightly strapped to your chest as you slink silently into the corner gearing your laser weapon for the epic battle about to ensue. No, this isn’t a scene from Star Wars! This is the fifth fun workout on our list, laser tag!
Playing a game of laser tag is the ultimate family friendly way to workout. Each fifteen to twenty minute session supports ample opportunities for high-intensity running, jumping, ducking, and let’s not forget, laughing! While playing laser tag, children and parents can connect through strategic planning, physical communication, and memories that will last a lifetime!
Just ten minutes of high-intensity running burns about 150 calories so double that number per game and you’ve got a whopping 300 calories burned sharpshooting lasers and having a great time!
Tired of the old dinner and movie date night scenario? Spice things up with dance lessons, and get a great workout at the same time!
Dance lessons offer a unique way to improve self-esteem and communication strategies, within the romantic relationship dynamic and most importantly, within yourself! The Journal of Human Movement Science recently published an exciting study outlining the positive effects of dance lessons, stating specifically that Salsa dance lessons foster a “positive psychological outlook among novice to advanced adult Latin dancers.”
For the penny pincher in the relationship dance lessons are almost always found on daily deal platforms such as Groupon and Living Social. These sneaky steals combined with a plethora of lessons to choose make for endless possibilities of fun and growth!
Do you hear the word rock climb and dark visions of Mount Everest start looming in your brain!? Don’t sweat it! Rock climbing is a cardio-intense workout that torches calories but also centers on improving the body’s recovery mechanisms.
Climbing has many levels of expertise, starting from the ground up. The two most common fears associated with rock climbing are heights and falling. Given time and practice these fears can be dispelled and confidence can be instilled within any climber regardless of age or skill level.
One optimal benefit of rock climbing as an exercise is the versatility of the activity. Don’t live near any mountain ranges or peaks? No problem! The population of indoor rock climbing facilities is exploding. Between the United States and Canada, over 900 indoor gyms are open and available to take in new climbers.
The Forza Workout
The Forza workout is ideal for anyone looking to channel their inner warrior and learn practical self-defense techniques. Echoing the practicality of the technique llaria Montagnani, the creator of the Forza regime summarizes her fitness focus with, “Working out is so much more than a physical act, it trains you for life.”
While the moves of the workout are entrenched in Samurai swordsmanship, the word Forza actually means strength in Italian meshing the two cultures together into one 45 minute session of fury.
In the workout participants watch the lighting speed instructor like a hawk, praying not to fall behind in the circuit. Meanwhile, each fitness hero is handling wooden swords, slicing, cutting, and lunging. The rapid movements target arms, shoulders, upper back and abs for a complete conditioning set sure to leave even the most toned among us wincing the next day.
Trampoline Fitness Classes
Can a trampoline fitness class serve as a positive catalyst for managing Type 2 Diabetes? According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, that answer is a resounding yes.
Coupled with the proven health benefits, trampoline fitness classes are a wonderful way to bounce, plank, and kick your way to a great time with friends, or even with strangers! Classes come in varying sizes ranging from small groups of three and four participants to birthday parties of up to fifteen, so new friends are bound to be made in the frenzied atmosphere.
The variety of airborne activities never seems to end, providing the consumer with a dizzying amount of prices and packages to choose from. Along with the regular fitness classes lasting thirty to sixty minutes (and supposedly burning up to 1,000 calories an hour), most facilities also contain special events such as glow in the dark jumping, and even foam jumping!