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Military-inspired boot camp classes have been around for a while and are growing in popularity. If you don’t like working out in gyms, bootcamp classes may be for you. Most classes are held outdoors in all types of weather. Classes usually last for one hour and include a warm-up and cool-down.
If you’ve never taken a bootcamp class expect to be sore and tired, but in a good way. Classes consist of running, calisthenics, aerobics and weight training. Some programs are held Monday through Friday, working different body parts or doing different activities each day. For example, you may do upper body and lower body two days a week plus one day of core work, long runs or hills.
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Tulum, Mexico….I’ve never been but I’ve ran across hundreds of brochures and announcements for spa-like retreat vacations. From yoga on the beach to six-days of detoxing amid white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, what could be more divine? Maybe losing some weight as you bask in the sun and snorkel?
We’ve all heard of Bikini Bootcamp, the diet right? What about an actual Bikini Bootcamp getaway where for one week you get in shape, eat great and get a tan. Not bad, huh? I love the idea, especially since the 2008 bikini season is just weeks from kicking into full gear. Flamenco workouts, silent morning walks on the beach, scenic hikes, meditations and of course low-fat, low-cal yummy meals are just some of the daily activities that you keep you busy as you get trim.
You gotta admit, living in such a glorious setting, even if just for one week, serves as such a massive impetus to lose weight and get in shape. It’s tough to muster up the motivation to knock off some pounds when you’re wrapped in wooly sweaters and turtlenecks and your only exposure to the outdoors is when you get in and out of the car to go to work, the gym or the grocery store.