You might think we’re kidding but the hula hoop can help you burn calories and tone your thighs and abs. One of the best forms of cardio, this is the most enjoyable kind of workout. To choose a hoop size, buy one that vertically rests between your belly button or the middle of your chest. Place the hula hoop firmly on the lower back and keep spinning it. If you practice this for an hour, you can lose up to 200 calories! Besides burning calories, this workout can actually help co-ordination and spinal flexibility.
As the name suggests, this workout involves surfing outside water. This one’s almost like aerobics training but on the board. It will build your endurance and also make you lose fat. This is the kind of workout where you work on your balance, flexibility, stamina—all at one go. If you’ve been bored of the treadmill and need a change, this workout is what you need.
If you’re looking for a vigorous workout session, opt for spinning. An indoor cycling workout that not only burns calories but also keeps you toned, this one is a hugely effective form of exercise. In a spinning class, there is a constant change in lighting, the music plays loud and the instructor usually screams phrases like ‘warm-up’, ‘sprints’, ‘climbs’ and ‘cool-downs’. An exercise that lasts not more than 40 minutes, spinning is done in a group with bikes lined up for each person. One can lose as much as 500 calories in one spinning session. The pedaling is going to tone your legs, strengthen your glutes, thighs as well as work your calves. Ready for this one, ladies?
Most who have done Zumba would agree that this workout is extremely enjoyable mostly because it’s fun and doesn’t feel like a workout at all. And when it’s done in water, it becomes all the more fun! Famously referred to as the fitness pool bash, this form of exercise brings together Zumba and Aqua aerobics to help you lose weight. In this one, you exercise against the resistance of the water, which is the primary reason why you burn calories and tone your muscles. An hour of this workout can help you burn anything between 500 to 1000 calories depending on the intensity with which it is performed.
Think you could change your yoga up a little bit? Try aerial yoga! This yoga requires a special type of hammock, which acts like a swing supporting the hips for forward bends as well as back bends. The hammock moves basically lend variety to the workout. This is the kind of workout that strengthens the body without putting too much stress on your joints. However, if you suffer from arthritis, glaucoma and high blood pressure, it is advisable that you stay away from this aerial form of exercise.