Every New Year, you and millions of others make a resolution to lose weight. If you’re like most of these people, you get tired of the gym after only a few weeks. This year can be different. Exciting alternate fitness ideas for this year are taking the nation by storm, giving you fun alternatives to slogging away on the treadmill.
Created by a Miami dancer, Zumba is one of the hottest new ways to drop unwanted pounds. You’ll use Latin dance moves to burn off calories while having a blast. Learning Zumba is easy, even if you have two left feet. The classes are fun and friendly; no one will judge you for being new to dance exercise.
Zumba classes have been growing in popularity over the past few years as celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kirstie Alley have flocked to it. More and more fitness centres across the country are offering classes; your local gym probably has several options on the schedule.
Here’s one style of Zumba you probably haven’t heard of before: Zumba Fitness – in the snow! This is a unique class being offered by Manchester’s indoor Ski Slope; the Chill Factore. Whilst is sounds like the last place you’d associate the hot Latin moves and music of Zumba, this unique twist offers even more of a work out than a regular session. Dressed from head to toe in ski jacket and pants (warm clothing is highly recommended in the -2°C temperatures!) as well as heavy snow boots to deal with the artificial snow on the slope, it makes for an even more effective workout, and one that’s guaranteed to make you sweat!
Another exciting fitness program that trended rapidly in 2012 is Fitness Boot camps. These sessions tap into group psychology to push your strength, endurance and fun to levels you never knew you could reach. Countless exercise science studies have found that accountability to others is one of the key factors in keeping you on your fitness plan. With fitness boot camps, you’ll have a ready-built platoon of fitness partners to keep you coming back.
So if Zumba in the snow didn’t sound like the fitness class for you, then a bootcamp in the snow may be right up your street. Another unique class to the Chill Factore, this session is sure to help you get toned and fit, with the intense strength and interval training again taking place at the foot of the -2°C ski slope. Your body will have to work even harder to combat the low temperatures, helping you to burn more fat; you can expect to burn as much as 600 calories in just one session of bootcamp in the snow!
Both Zumba and boot camps build social groups. Whether you’re dancing salsa or running sprints, you’ll bond with your work-out buddies and create an addicting mix of fun exercise and engaging friendship. You don’t need special equipment or experience to get started with either of these programs, so what are you waiting for? Don’t be put off if you don’t think you’re ready for a session in the snow just yet, getting involved in either of the classes would be a great start.