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5 Alternative Workouts That Make Losing Weight Fun

“Exercising is important.” Having heard that millions of times many head to gym or brisk walks for their daily quota of exercise. But simply running on the treadmill can be too boring sometimes. Enjoying your workout is necessary. One needs to have that enthusiasm to enjoy their workout regime. In the recent times, new and fun workouts have emerged which give more results than the clichéd gym. Here are a few fun and alternative workouts which makes sure you not only lose weight but also enjoy your workout.

The Masala Bhangra Workout

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The Masala Bhangra Workout is an exercise dance routine that modernizes the high-energy folk dance of Bhangra by blending traditional Bhangra dance steps and the exhilaration of Bollywood (Hindi film) moves. This unique dance mixes cardiovascular with fun, and is suitable for participants of all ages and fitness levels.

  • Masala Bhangra is a 45-60 minutes class and the music is based on dhol beats which help in making it a high energy workout.
  • It is a group activity, is fun and burns more than 500 calories an hour. Besides the cardiovascular gains, this workout also tones up the entire body, helps to maintain correct posture and strengthens the core.
Zumba

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Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements.

  • The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training.
  • The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip hop music, axé music and tango.
  • A Zumba class is an hour long and burns 800-900 calories per hour.
The Bar Bhangra Workout

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  • This dance fitness workout has taken fitness to a whole new level by creating a full body strength training workout that will effectively tone and build muscle strength and burn fat/calories; all while you dance to the Bar Bhangra beats.
  • This total body conditioning workout utilizes no more than 1 pound bars or weights and is suitable for all fitness levels.
  • A 45 minutes workout session burns 800-1000 calories
Bootcamps

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  • Bootcamp typically blends military style and athletic performance drills. The workout is straight forward and intense and can be done outdoors and indoors. It is efficient as you workout your entire body, heart and muscles, by going from one exercise to another with no rest.
  • Boot Camp training often commences with dynamic stretching and running, followed by a wide variety of interval training, including lifting weights/objects, pulling rubber TRX straps, push-ups/sit-ups, squats, jogging, plyometrics, and various types of intense explosive routines. Sessions usually finish with yoga stretching
  • The challenge is to push your body to its final limits. So, you work, sweat, and best of all you burn loads of calories.
  • Boot Camps are sometimes organized outdoors in parks or beaches using bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, suspension training and burpees, interspersed with running and competitive games. The idea is that everyone involved works at their own pace as they team up and work towards one goal, either in pairs, small teams of three or four, or even two teams head on.
  • A big advantage of Boot camps is that they provide social support for those taking part. This provides a different environment for those exercisers who get bored in a gym and so find it hard to develop a habit of exercise.
  • Members of fitness boot camps are usually tested for fitness on the first day and then retested at the end of the camp, which usually runs for between 4 and 6 weeks.
Aqua Exercise

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  • A new range of exercises designed specifically to be performed in the water are becoming very popular. They can help you lose weight, beat cellulite and tone up faster than ordinary exercises.
  • The major benefit to exercising in the water is the protection it offers for your joints.
  • Exercising in water eliminates this shock impact, protecting your joints. Experts believe that the buoyancy of the water can reduce the impact on your joints by over 85 per cent.
  • Just because exercising in water is softer on joints does not mean it is a softer workout.
  • Working out in water means your muscles are forced to work harder, burning more fat and toning them up faster than land-based exercises. This is because they are fighting the water every time they move.
  • Aqua-exercises also have a cooling effect on the body; because you are working out in the water, your body is not sweating as much to cool the muscles down. This means there is less chance of you becoming dehydrated during your workout.
  • Decreased: Stress, blood pressure, tension, weight, pain, body fat, impact on joints, risk of injury, and prescription drug requirements.
  • Increased: Strength, flexibility, energy, range of motion, muscle tone, oxygen/circulation, endurance, balance, coordination, fun, self esteem, safety, and enjoyment of life.
  • Enhanced: Feelings of well-being, sleeping patterns, recovery from injuries, social pleasures, and the reversing or slowing of ageing, both mentally and physically.
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