Many people fail to reach their fitness goals simply because they are never able to stick to a fitness routine. Working out regularly can become monotonous when your workouts are not properly structured and people who are new to fitness typically find themselves performing the same exercises over and over whenever they work out.
The key to sticking to a fitness routine is making it something you look forward to instead of some chore you have to do simply because you want to be healthier and have a better physique. It is important to mix things up when it comes to your workouts so that you never find yourself becoming bored with them. Summoning the motivation to get off the couch and go work out is hard enough for people who are not used to working out regularly. There is no need to make it a boring affair.
Here are 3 unconventional workouts that will change your mind about exercising and make you look forward to it:
1) Martial Arts
If boredom is what keeps you away from your workouts, signing up for martial arts classes is a great way to overcome all that. Going to a martial arts class is nothing like going to a gym to lift some weights or use some machines. No two classes are ever the same. You will always learn new things every time you show up to class and new faces are constantly showing up. You will also get to meet lots of interesting people who have similar fitness goals. Your training partners will become part of your support system and you will have lots of fun interactions with them during classes.
That’s not all you gain from learning a martial art, however.
Martial arts classes are just as effective when it comes to getting into shape as they are entertaining as workouts. An hour-long session of Muay Thai can burn up to 1,000 calories. That makes it significantly easier to ensure you have a caloric deficit (which is needed to lose weight) at the end of each day.
The techniques and drills you perform during classes work just about every muscle group in the body. It will tone and strengthen your entire body while improving many other physical attributes like your posture, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular endurance.
Ironically, the biggest benefits of learning a martial art might not even be physical. It is not some mindless activity that you do just because you want to become more fit, it’s something that will make you a better version of yourself.
Your confidence will grow as you become more competent and master moves that were once difficult for you. Your progression through the ranks will serve as a constant reminder that perseverance and hard work pays off. Martial arts also teach you how to handle stressful situations and make quick decisions under pressure. These are skills that are helpful in all facets of life.
There’s also the added benefit of knowing how to defend yourself if the need ever arises. If you have a hard time sticking to your workouts, find a competent martial arts school near you and sign up for classes. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
2) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
This is an extremely efficient way for people with busy schedules to work out. It allows you to squeeze in a complete workout into breaks as short as 15 minutes. According to the results of a study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, two weeks of high-intensity interval training can improve a person’s aerobic capacity as much as eight weeks of endurance training such as swimming and running does.
It’s is also an entertaining way to work out that never gets boring.
HIIT workouts don’t just burn more calories than traditional workouts, the exertion it puts on your body puts in in repair hyperdrive. As a result, you burn more calories and fat for up to 24 hours after your workout. High-intensity interval workouts also make your heart stronger. It pushes it into the anaerobic zone and that strengthens your heart.
The best part about HIIT workouts might be the fact you can do them without any equipment whatsoever. Sure, you can add exercises like jump roping, biking, and running into your workouts, but you can also get a great workout with plyometric exercises like fast feet, high knees or burpees. Anything that gets your heart pumping fast can be incorporated into your workouts.
Another noteworthy benefit of HIIT workouts is the fact it allows you to lose fat without losing significant amounts of muscle. Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows how hard it is to do so without losing muscle. HIIT workouts can increase your production of human growth hormone (HGH) by over 400 percent during the first 24 hours after a workout. Higher HGH levels lead to more calories being burned and it also makes you look younger.
HIIT training forces you to work hard throughout your workout and that eliminates all distractions. There is no time to chit chat or scroll through your phone during it. It requires your full attention and you feel proud of yourself when you’re done.
3) Fun Group Fitness Classes
Fun group activities like dance classes are a great way to learn moves you can impress your friends with and dancing is great for your health. You get to learn all sorts of different dance styles and it provides a pretty good workout.
If you’re more of a singer than a dancer, try some karaoke spinning classes. It’s an effective way to work up a sweat while enjoying your favorite songs.
There are so many types of group fitness classes to choose from. Just find one that incorporates something you love into the workout routine and you’re good to go.
With so many unconventional workouts out there for you to choose from, there really is no excuse not to be working out on a regular basis. If learning practical self-defense skills while getting in the best shape of your life is something that is up your alley, give martial arts a try!
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