Trampolining is probably something you associate with kids, but it’s suitable for all ages. If you’ve ever ventured onto the trampoline with your children, you’ll probably know that it’s hard work doing all that bouncing. Within seconds, your heart is pumping faster, and you’ve worked up a sweat. Trampolining is arguably more enjoyable than jogging or doing a 10km run on the treadmill at the gym, and it also works your entire body. Jumping is a strenuous cardio exercise, but it also strengthens your core and the muscles in your arms and legs.
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If you’ve not given this new dance craze a go yet, it may be just up your street. Zumba is a fast-paced dance-based exercise, which burns heaps of calories in a short space of time. You can take your friends along, let loose, have a laugh, and shape up all at the same time. If you love dancing, you want to spend more time with your friends, and you want to lose weight or tone up, try a Zumba dance class for fitness. You can start at beginner level and work your way up to more advanced routines as you get fitter.
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If you’re keen to show off some seriously toned abs on the beach this summer and you don’t want to spend hours at the gym, hula-hooping could be the ideal option. This is a great workout for your core, and it’s also really fun. Once you’ve got the basics pinned down, you can work your hoop while doing classic fitness moves like lunges and squats.
Do you look back fondly on the days when you used to hit the dance floor on a Friday or Saturday night? If so, why not take a jog down memory lane, and sign up for a rave aerobics class? The music is loud and the movement frantic. You’ll burn loads of calories, you can go with a group, and you’ll feel incredibly energized afterwards.
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Do you love Pilates or yoga, but want something a bit more upbeat and energetic? PHIIT is a combination of Pilates and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The aim is to raise the heart rate rapidly and then drop it back down to increase the speed of fat burning. With this form of Pilates, you use specialist equipment to increase the resistance when you’re performing Pilates poses. You’ll take on short bursts of intensive exercise, which are followed by brief rest periods.
It’s a myth that fitness can’t be fun! If you’re looking for inspiration, hopefully, these ideas have got you reaching for your sweat bands.
This is a collaborative post written by a contributing writer.