No need to be timid. Some of today’s hottest exercise classes aren’t entirely new. Many combine the best parts of existing exercises, like yoga and cycling, to create a unique spin on the traditional workout.
These classes are great for gym regulars tired of their old routine and looking for new ways to push their bodies to higher levels of fitness. And, that’s good news because staying fit will keep you in better shape to fight off diseases like cancer.
Curious about what’s out there? Here’s a quick look at three popular classes.
What it is: Combination of standing Pilates and fast-paced boxing.
Moves you’ll use: Punching moves like jabs, hooks and uppercuts; standing Pilates leg exercises; Pilates abs floor work; ballet and samba dance moves.
Health perks: The high-energy, fast-paced moves provide a good cardio workout that burns fat and builds endurance. Plus, you’ll use just about every muscle in your body and move them in different directions.
What to expect: You need to be somewhat coordinated because you’ll be moving your arms and legs at the same time.
Take note: Want a more intense workout? Use weighted gloves. You’ll tone your arms and jumpstart your heart rate.
Class options: If you can’t find a PiloxingÂ® class in your area, this workout is also available on DVD.
What it is: About 20 minutes of spinning followed by about 30 minutes of Pilates.
Moves you’ll use: Cycling in place at different speeds while standing or sitting; stretching Pilates moves.
Health perks: Spinning helps tone your front and outer thigh muscles. Pilates tightens your other lower body muscles, like your gluts and hamstrings. And, Pilates gives you a good upper body workout.
What to wear: Padded cycling shorts.
What to expect: New to spinning? Before class, ask your instructor to help you adjust the height and position of your seat. This will help you avoid knee pain or discomfort.
Take note: Spinning and Pilates moves tend to be gentler on your joints and knees. So, this is a good choice if you’re looking for a high-energy yet low-impact workout.
Find a class: Check online for classes in your area.
What it is: A 10-minute yoga warm-up, followed by about 40 minutes of indoor cycling and ending with a 10-minute yoga cool-down.
Moves you’ll use: Yoga spinal twists, hamstring and lower back stretches, and hip openers.
Health perks: Cy-Yo teaches proper breathing and builds energy through relaxation. This makes it a great option for boosting your spiritual, mental and physical health.
What to expect: The cycling portion of this workout uses yoga-type techniques, like visualization and breathing patterns.
Take note: Most people don’t lose weight doing yoga alone. If you’re trying to lose weight, adding cycling to your yoga workout may help.
Find a class: Prefer to try Cy-Yo at home? This workout is also available on DVD.
No matter which of these heart-pumping classes you choose, you’re sure to work up a sweat. So, be sure to keep a full water bottle and towel handy.
Sometimes, mixing things up is the best way to keep yourself motivated to get the 30 minutes of exercise you need every day.
Courtesy of MD Anderson.