Has exercise become boring? Good news! We have workout ideas to make fitness fun and getting into shape exciting again. Exercise doesn't have to be a dull task that you endure because you know it's good for you. Who wants that kind of drudgery?
Yes! The treadmill has its place, but you have to admit that it can get pretty monotonous. It's not really the treadmill specifically – anything can lose its luster after a while. That's why most trainers recommend mixing it up a little.
Not only is the unpredictability good for your body (if it doesn't know what to expect it can't get too comfortable), but it is also good for your mind and spirit.
Going to work and raising a family usually means we do the same things over-and-over every day. After a while, we might get tired, bored, and weary. Often, our days are just so predictable we can function on autopilot.
But, taking up a new hobby, registering for a class, or even redecorating our kitchen can ignite new excitement within us. That's where the phrase “A change is as good as a rest” came from.
Grab a friend and try something new together. Become part of one of those new crazes that have taken the fitness world by storm. Even if it is just a fad – who cares? At least it was fun while it lasted. Besides, by the time it is no longer popular, you will probably be ready for a change anyway, right?
Here are some of the trending fitness workouts for women. Some can be done at home while others require a class. Most use little or no equipment and are good for people of almost any age or fitness level.
So pick one or two, or maybe try them all. If traditional exercise has become dull, now is the time to bust out of the boredom and put fun back into your workouts.
Move over hot yoga, there is a new trend in town. Performing yoga in the air may make you feel like you are a part of Cirque-du-Soleil, but it can be very freeing. Basically, you do all the traditional poses while suspended in a hammock that is holding you a few inches to a few feet off the ground. Working against gravity helps to build and strengthen your muscles. Being suspended in the air helps to take pressure off your body to allow for greater stretching.
Bokwa is a fast-paced, cardio-based workout that incorporates simple moves from various dance forms.
There are so many dance-type fitness programs out there, so what makes Bokwa different from all the rest? It's simple. No really, that's the answer – it's simple.
Participants draw letters or numbers with their feet while moving to the beat of the music. There is no choreography. There is no counting. Once you learn the basics, you are free to add your own style and personality. You don't have to be coordinated (although that will improve) and you don't have to be flexible or skilled. It's great for any age and any fitness level. Young kids and seniors can share the same dance floor.
Obstacle Course Workout:
If participating in events called the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or the Dirty Dash is appealing to you, then obstacle course workouts may be just the change you are looking for.
There is something about crawling and climbing and clawing and slithering that challenges the body in ways nothing else can. Swinging from ropes, wriggling through pipes, scaling walls, and slogging through pools of muddy water can make you feel like a superhero. Even if you don't win the event, just training for it can be a lot of fun.
Warning: If you don't like to get dirty, stick with your Barre Workout.
Pole dancing is really more of a workout than people give it credit for. Once you get past the fact that you actually have a “pole” installed in your house (it makes great conversation for visitors), you will be surprised how challenging the workouts can be. It takes a lot of arm and core strength, and to really pull it off, you have to move like you mean it.
In fact, many participants claim that taking up pole dancing was the best thing they ever did to build their confidence and self-esteem. Does the idea of pole dancing still make you a little uncomfortable?
Some people actually argue that it is really yoga and pilates in aerial form. So, think of it as vertical Barre Workout and go for style and grace rather than hot and sexy.
Either way, the benefits can be amazing. And, I bet you will have a lot of fun, too!
Heavy Rope Training:
This new trend is so simple that it is amazing it hasn't been thought of sooner. All you need is about 50 feet of heavy rope that can be purchased at any hardware store. Loop the rope around a pole, tree, or any other stable object, making sure that you have 2 equal sections (about 25 feet each side).
Now hold each end of the rope and swing your arms up and down in an alternating motion. The goal is to create “waves” in the rope, and the challenge is to maintain the momentum and keep the movement going for a full minute. Sound easy? Well, believe me; it is harder than you think! Do you want to increase your heart rate fast and work every muscle in your body? Heavy rope training is the way to do it.
Many gyms and fitness centers have adopted a “team” concept to help break the monotony and boredom of traditional exercise. Basically, instructors will divide rowing, spinning, or running classes into teams that compete against each other to see who can rack up the most miles or complete challenges in the least amount of time. Challenges can work on a per class, per week, or even per month basis.
But, you don't necessarily have to join a gym to enjoy the benefit of these team activities. With today's technology, you can create a facebook group or website where team members can enter their numbers or communicate with other participants. If you like the more traditional exercises but need a little more motivation; this could be the perfect solution to keep you on track.
Remember when you were in junior high and sleepovers meant turning up the radio and dancing around the bedroom in your pajamas? Or, what about your college years when you could dance the night away at a club?
Well, it seems that many gyms and fitness centers are re-visiting these bygone days. You probably wouldn't want to show up in your PJs, but there are classes that basically turn on the music and let you move whatever way you like. Sometimes an instructor will demonstrate certain steps, but for the most part, it is freestyle.
So, why limit your dancing to family weddings and New Year's Eve parties? Join one of these classes, host one in your home, plan a night out on the town, or simply have your own party while cleaning the house. Who says exercise has to be structured? If you are moving and having fun – well isn't that the best kind of exercise there is?
Maintaining our health while sculpting the body of our dreams should be a challenge that we embrace. With so many exciting workout ideas to make fitness fun for women, exercise never has to be boring again!
Other pages that might interest you:
I will continue to share ideas about diet and exercise that have helped me along the way. If you have any questions I can help you with, or ideas you would like to share, feel free to contact me or visit our Q&A forum