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8 Unique & Fun Workouts For A Solid Body


18 August 2017

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Apart from weight loss, there are plenty of benefits to working out, such as mental clarity, improved energy levels, and better immune system. Working out on a regular basis can either be a chore or a necessity, depending on your lifestyle and outlook. If you happen to view working out as a boring, painful chore, we recommend you give these eight unique and fun workouts a try:


Pole dancing

Pole dancing

Contrary to popular belief, pole dancing isn’t all about being sexy and seducing your partner in the bedroom. Although some pole dancing classes may feature stripper-like choreography, they focus more on building your upper body strength. Pole dancing workouts are also made fun thanks to the music.


Jukari

Jukari (Trapeze workout)

Jukari is basically a trapeze workout, which involves flying on trapeze, juggling, and tumbling. In other words, it’s a lot like playing at the playground, but for adults. It may also help with your fear of heights and flying. The workout focuses on toning your core abdominal muscles and upper body.


Stiletto workouts

Stiletto workouts

If you’re having trouble with your posture and walking properly in high heels, joining a stiletto workout class can change your life. The class, which is either taught by professional dancers or podiatrists, will have you warm up by doing squats and lunges to strengthen your lower body (while wearing sports shoes). You’ll then switch to wearing high heels and learn how to fix your posture and how to stand and walk in heels without straining your feet.


Hula-hoop workouts

Hula-hoop workouts

Remember the toy you used to play in your childhood? Clean out your storage, as hula-hoops are now popular workout equipment. This workout has the potential to tone your tummy, burn calories, shrink your waist and shape your abs; provided you use them for 30 continuous minutes. If you think hula-hooping for half an hour straight is impossible, start for 5 minutes, before increasing your time to 10, 15, 20, and eventually 30 minutes once you get the hang of it.


Pogo workouts

Pogo workouts

Though quite intense, Pogo is surprisingly a low-impact bouncing exercise that can make you feel like a child again, in a good way. It’s a fun way to bounce around and hop repeatedly without hurting your knees as much, compared to other aerobic exercises like running. This workout focuses on strengthening your muscles.


Group of women jumping on trampolines during Pilates exercise class.

Trampoline workouts

A zero-impact bouncing exercise, rebounding on trampoline is another fun way to build upper body strength and core abdominal muscle. You can hop and bounce on the trampoline while using a medicine ball or hand weights for a more intense workout. Add more fun to your session by putting on some upbeat music.


Punk aerobics

Punk aerobics

Think the other workouts do nothing but cramp your style? How about doing some punk aerobics? This workout allows you to let loose and be as ‘crazy’ as possible. If you’re a huge fan of Stooges, Sex Pistols, or The Clash, you’re in for a treat: punk exercise normally meshes punk’s greatest hits, vigorous aerobics set, and moshing (if you join a studio session). Put on your coolest punk getup and break a sweat!


Yoga fusion workouts

Yoga fusion workouts

If the typical yoga isn’t fun and thrilling enough for you, try yoga fusion workouts. Such yoga classes are often fused with other intense activity, such as running, spinning, boxing, and Pilates. Some of the popular yoga fusion workouts include disco yoga and yoga kickboxing.

 

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Written by Dayana Sobri

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