Are you tired of being on the treadmill? Is your yoga class boring you silly? Do you wish there were fun ways to loose weight? Here’s some information on exotic ways to loose weight, stay in shape, and have fun!
Everyone knows that weight loss happens by eating healthy and exercising at least three times a week. Gym locations have popped up everywhere and many of them offer classes and personal training to assist you with your weight loss goals.
Zumba has become hugely popular as a fun way to loose the pounds. What if your tired of Zumba ? What if you want to be different? Pole fitness is not only sexy but it’s a hard core workout using body weight and gravity to sizzle those pounds away. Not ready for pole dancing but you still want to feel sexy?
Belly dancing may be an excellent choice for you! Thirty minutes of belly dancing shakes off 153-216 calories depending on your weight. Wait though there’s more! After you get your hip scarves and finger chimes why not pick up a sword? Belly dancers can learn to balance and flip a sword while they dance. This added addition puts some weight on your arms and helps tone them up.
Not interested in sword dancing? Pick up a veil fan. A veil fan has long silk material that moves and floats with you. Believe it or not if you’ve never used one you can be prepared to feel sore the next day. There no special instructions needed other then turn on the music and dance!
How bout something more exotic? Why not pick up a pair of poi balls? Poi is gaining in popularity especially among the more laid back crowd. The poi ball is an object suspended at the end of chain or cloth handles. You can spin them and get an awesome workout at the same time while toning those flabby arms. The wonderful thing about poi is its’ diversity. You can spin sock poi or poi on the end of a braided yarn handle. If you want to take it further you can learn to use flow wands or fire poi. These produce spectacular light shows!
Don’t want to buy the equipment? No problem! We live in a world where kids are used to getting time in front of the TV or computer screen. Consider letting them help you with your weight loss. Learn to Hula Hoop or hooping as it’s called. This is a fun cheap way to loose weight and you can find many workouts free online . Thirty minutes of play burns about 210 calories! It’s also excellent for learning balance and coordination.
Another treat that’s fun to do but may take some patience to learn safely is using a pogo stick. Small jumps for thirty minutes can burn a whopping 300 calories and more as you increase your jumping height.
If you really don’t want your neighbors to see you playing with a hoop or jumping like a kangaroo consider instead some child games with a twist. Playing freeze tag, Simon says, and hopscotch can be put together like a boot camp for fun! Think about what you want to incorporate in each game and put it together for some old fashioned family time.
Freeze tag can satisfy your sprinting or jogging needs with lots of room for breaks. Simon says is ideal to get everyone jumping, running in place, or touching their toes. Hopscotch can get you hopping on one leg or the other for a cardio and leg blasting workout. Believe it or not you can put in almost 500 calories in 30 minutes playing these games! Don’t forget there’s good old fashioned jumping rope games and spinning around in circles will surely get the blood flowing.
While you’re outside and enjoying the fresh air kick off your shoes for a little Barefoot training. Take a class to teach you this new technique and learn to train safely and effectively with your bare feet. Most barefoot enthusiasts tout how good this kind of training is for your heels, arches, and overall body health. Expect to buildup tolerance for rocky terrains and less then ideal surfaces.
Speaking of less then ideal, running backwards may seem like a waste of time but a 150 pound individual can burn 562.5 in 30 minutes! It can be done anywhere, though I wouldn’t recommend a crowded place, and requires razor sharp instincts for concentrating on the run and the area surrounding you.
Why not get wet? Swimming has been known for years as a relaxing way to tone up. Why be under the water though when you can be on top? Consider renting a canoe, kayak, or just a plain little flatbed boat. Paddling builds up upper body strength while taking out 360 calories in 30 minutes not to mention the peaceful change of scenery.
Do you like bicycling but your tired of your same old boring spin classes? Why not sign up for Karaoke spinning? You’ll burn just as many calories and you’ll sing your heart out to your favorite songs! Not into singing? Find a Trixter VFX class and burn 220 cals in thirty minutes depending on your weight. Trixter is the answer to spinning in a boring room. Instead it uses virtual reality to make you feel like you biking in the woods or out in the country. The specialized bike also works out your upper body with lateral moving handle bars.
Kranking is another workout that takes the motions and calorie burning out of bicycling and puts it in your hands. Literally! Why just pump your feet on the pedals? This specialized bike has pedals for you to turn with your hands mimicking the movement of your legs and giving you a hard care all body workout. All this motion blasts about 269 calories in a half hour!
Want a little more out of your gym? Request a Gravity Blast class. This class gives all the sweat of a low to high intensity workout but at a vertical angle. Be forewarned it’s not for beginners and it’s very fast paced so make sure you can safely keep up. Look up gyms that use Power Plates. Power plates use your body on a vibrating platform it can be fun and benefit your core balance although there is a lot of controversy to it. Hard core users claim to burn 500-700 calories in an hour by standing on a power plate during exercises. Haters say it doesn’t benefit anymore then non-plate users.
If you’re into Yoga but want to get a little something more in your class aerial yoga may be just right. Aerial yoga makes use of suspension that you hang from safely while following your instructors moves. It has many benefits one being it stretches the spine and other joints and two it’s a fun way to spend an hour or two. You can even buy the equipment for home use! Is your best friend stuck waiting at home for you wagging their tails at every sound hoping it’s you? Why not bring your pup to dog yoga also known as Doga ? Through meditation, stretching, and massaging you can achieve greater harmony with your pet and they’ll be happy to spend some time with you.
Do you intend to march to a different drummer altogether while getting in shape? Find an indoor climbing gym where you burn 373 calories in 30 minutes while you ascend to heights as tall as 121 feet! You can scale mountains all the while being safely harnessed and away from the elements. Don’t want to leave your house? It’s pricey but getting a tread-wall is well worth it. This little gem let’s you change the hand and foot holds as well as moving and tilting based on your specifications. A cheaper alternative is to buy or build a boulder board. This is a tilted wall with hand and feet holds attached randomly that you can climb. Not quite as good as the other two but still a good challenge for those who never climbed.
Take up sword fighting. There’s different kinds of sword fighting classes out there. There is the elegant Fencing class which brings to mind the three Musketeers using up to 430 calories in a half hour. You could pick up a Samurai sword instead which will burn and tone even more then fencing due to the heaviness of the sword. To really rip those arms try fighting with a heavy Claymore and feel the power of the highlander!
Why not learn just what your capable of? Take a Trapeze class. This class will not only burn calories and tone but also teach you trust in your partner. How many people do you know can Trapeze? Why not be one of those privileged few? Who knows after reaching your goal you might want o quit your day job.