CrossFit combines weight lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing and more. These functional movements are done at a high intensity to build muscle and strength. This is an intense workout and great workout for those who like the atmosphere of a team. With CrossFit there are even opportunities to compete.
HIIT or high-intensity interval training involves workouts performed in intervals of all-out effort. HIIT workouts keep your heart rate elevated throughout. Because of the intensity, your body will burn more calories after the workout. HIIT is great for people who want a full body workout in a short amount of time.
Zumba is an aerobic workout performed with Latin American dance movements. This is a great workout for those who may not enjoy the same old boring cardio but love to let loose to music. Zumba lets you get dancing with other people while getting a great workout!
Tai Chi involves low-impact, slow-paced martial arts movements and focuses on the mind-body connection. Tai Chi helps maintain and enhance balance and is a great way to stay active as you age.
Yoga is a practice of physical movements, focusing on breath and quieting the mind. Yoga can help build strength and flexibility and is often used for relaxation.
Pilates focuses on slow movements that work to stabilize and strengthen the core. Similar to yoga, Pilates uses the breath to build a mind-body connection throughout the workout. Pilates is a great workout for anyone to add to their routine to help balance out muscle instabilities.
Barre is inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates moves. The workout involves high repetition, low weight movements while focusing on keeping your body still and strong. Barre helps build lean muscle, balance, flexibility and strength.
To get the most out of your workout, be sure to include variety. Don't get stuck in a rut of doing the same thing every day. More does not always mean better. Intense workouts will tear your muscles down and they need time to recover. Be sure to include other types of exercise into your weekly routine for the best results.
Minutes in Motion
Swing Into Shape
Bodyweight exercises to try at home