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5 Ways to Spice up Your Workout

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Okay, so you’re not a gym rat, pumping iron will never be your thing, and the idea of running in place on a treadmill has all the appeal of a hamster wheel (second only, perhaps, to a root canal). Aerobics classes still make you think of sweaty soccer moms all dressed in Jane Fonda leotards, and try as you might to incorporate a daily walk into your schedule, you inevitably end up in the car, on the escalator, or pulling up to the valet instead.

Can you possibly come up with any more excuses for not exercising? It’s way easier than you think to find ways of working your body while also having fun. It’s all about finding your own fitness niche.

Out of ideas? How about trying one of these off-beat fitness trends:

  • Pole-dancing: Get sweaty, get fit, and get a hands-on lesson you can take back to your bedroom. Exercise and aphrodisiac? Sign me up!
  • Punk Rock Yoga: Advertised as “hatha yoga with a twist,” this yoga variation is practiced in unconventional venues and features live music designed to get you to stretch in ways you didn’t know you could.
  • Cardio-Ballet: Kelly Ripa swears by it (and have you seen her abs?) And even pro athletes approach the ballet barre to help increase strength and flexibility.
  • Hula Hoops: They’re back. And they’re great for trimming those hips and thighs.
  • Boxing: Take out that aggression while burning calories! In addition to the benefits to your body, it might boost your confidence in self-defense.

Fact is, it’s not the specific kind of exercise that you choose that matters. What matters is finding ways that blend what you love with what you need. Consider finding an exercise buddy that will help hold you accountable and add to your social life! You need to exercise your body in the same way you need to exercise your mind and spirit. If you’re able to find methods that accomplish all three, then go for it!

May 19th, 2010

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