This is a guest post from Jordan S.
Winter is typically the season for packing on pounds. After all, the holidays are a time for eating, and beach season is long gone. But you don’t have to let your physical fitness fall by the wayside. You can stay in shape and have fun at the same time, simply by finding a challenging and exciting fitness class to get you through to the spring. Here are just a few great examples to consider:
While not traditionally associated with losing weight, yoga has been shown to have tremendous weight management potential. A 2005 study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle analyzed 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women, and found that those practicing yoga lost 5 pounds during the trial, while those not practicing gained 14 pounds. Yoga is also great for improving flexibility and managing stress.
Spin classes have become very popular in recent years, and they continue to win new converts every day. The workout is performed on stationary bikes, and is one of the most rigorous cardio experiences you’re likely to find at the gym. Spinning equipment has even been featured on The Biggest Loser.
Indoor cycling burns calories at a rapid fire pace while also working the hamstrings, quads, thighs, calves, abdominals and even the upper body. If you want to burn fat and tone your body, indoor cycling is the way to go.
Pilates has also become extremely popular in recent years, and in fact, it has more than 14,000
practitioners in the U.S. alone. The pilates method uses a variety of props and techniques to train the body and build a strong core. Pilates equipment can be costly, but your local fitness class may have all of the equipment you need, and pilates classes are also great for meeting new people.
If you love to dance, and you love to burn calories, Zumba just may the class for you. Using Latin dance moves and high intensity cardio, Zumba will challenge you like you’ve never been challenged before. In fact, a single Zumba session can burn up to 1,000 calories!
There are fitness classes for everyone. If you want to practice self-defense while working out, try a kickboxing class. If you’re into sports conditioning, try a boot camp class. There are classes designed specifically for stretching, relaxation, muscle-building and more. So whether you’re looking for abdominal toning, shoulder rehab exercises or just a high-intensity social experience, there is definitely a fitness class out there for you. The important thing is to get out there and get active!