Here is our list of workouts, especially for the gym naysayers
Aerial yoga involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total body workout. In aerial yoga, the hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, allowing flexibility and easy movement.
Benefits: 60 mins workout burns 500 calories; increases strength and flexibility; creates awareness of your body.
Recommended for: Improving flexibility, focus, strengthening muscles and stress relief.
Do not try, if: You have very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity to fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke or Botox injections (within six hours).
Stationary bikes are placed in a pool, while your upper body remains above the water. You have to combat the water’s resistance and pedal faster, which works your muscles. Underwater cycling strengthens bone structure, joints and your muscles.
Benefits: 60 mins workout burns 800 calories; fights cellulite and alleviates back pain.
Recommended for: People with joint problems.
Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training. It consists of eight rounds of ultra high-intensity exercises in a specific 20 seconds-on, 10 seconds-off interval. It offers maximum benefit in the least amount of time by raising your metabolism and heart rate immediately. Many exercises and types of equipment can be incorporated into the Tabata protocol: push-ups, planks, squats, stability ball exercises, resistance bands, weights or a bench.
Benefits: 60 mins workout burns 800 calories; improves core strength; perfect for weight loss/fat burning.
Recommended for: Efficiently burning your body fat.
Do not try, if: You are a beginner. Tabata training is best for advanced exercisers who are comfortable with high-intensity exercise. There is always a greater risk of injury when you’re doing high-impact, high-intensity exercise
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EXPERT INPUTS BY: Kiran Sawhney, Fitness & Tango Expert; Sagar Pednekar, Fitness Expert, Gold’s Gym India; Praveen Tokas, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist