As the weather begins to dip this fall, you can heat up your workout routine. Why? Changing it up will keep you motivated, intrigued and challenged while your body melts the fat and builds muscle. What are the newest and most popular FITCRUNCH® ways to give your fall workout a jump-start?
- CLIMB IT. Ain’t no mountain high enough indeed. You don’t need to live near the Rockies to get into the climbing trend. Indoor climbing facilities are popping up all over the place and create great resistance training while you use your own weight to climb walls and burn calories.
- There’s nothing like working out with a fellow nerd. Gyms like Nerdstrong in Los Angeles have created inspired workouts where you kick down a dungeon door and raid a temple in the name of staying fit. Or perhaps you want to book some time at Camp Nerd Fitness in Georgia to shape up doing medieval combat. It’s “Game of Thrones” fitness and you don’t even remember you’re actually working out.
- BACK TO BASICS. After year of fancy workouts, most gyms are turning back to “boot camp” basics. It’s minimalist and you don’t even need a gym to do your push-ups, squat jumps, Burpees and pull-ups. Yes, run up and down that staircase or the stands at your local high school. It’s all about pushing your own body weight in the direction of fitness success. And the bonus is that you can easily do it on the road if you’re the traveling type.
- HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING. If you don’t have all the time in the world to workout, High Intensity Interval Training dubbed HIIT is a way to burst train using high intensity followed by short rest periods. This workout is perfect for someone with a busy schedule because you can get in and out during a lunch break or before dinner. A study done by the American College of Sports Medicine revealed that two weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance training.
- BAND TRAINING. Resistance bands are not only lightweight and easy to throw in your bag or suitcase. They’re also incredible inexpensive and can be used for light, medium or heavy workouts. In a second, you can adjust the intensity of the band by giving it more or less slack. The bands can also replace standard weights that you use for biceps curls and other exercises. You can also combine them with other equipment. Need inspiration? There are a number of DVDs available that give specific workout exercises. In the end, band workouts increase your stamina, flexibility and range of motion while shaping and burning calories.
- YOGA, YOGA, AND MORE YOGA. Got your downward dog down? That’s good because everyone is doing yoga. In fact, most docs recommend it as a way to de-stress while sweating. In addition, most classes offer an end meditation that even lowers your blood pressure. Just find the yoga that’s right for you from a bevy of choices including Power Yoga, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and many more. Two or three classes a week should have a definite impact on both your physical and mental wellness.
- AQUA FITNESS. Who is in the pool at your gym? Answer: Everyone is submerged, but they’re not taking a relaxing dip. Aqua cycling and aqua toning along with aqua aerobics are the rage. Aqua cycling made its way from Europe to the US a few years ago and it’s finally catching on because it burns over 800 calories an hour, enhances blood flow and prevents cellulite. Recent studies have also shown that this low impact fitness using water as resistance not only raises your heart rate, but also helps provide therapy for sports injuries by drawing blood to the target tissue. The increased blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, which heals the injured tissue faster.