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May 27, 2015

Three Fun Workouts to Change Up Your Routine

Are you looking for ways to make exercise a bigger part of your life? You could try the standard types of exercise — running, walking, biking, or lifting weights. These are tried-and-true methods, but maybe these exercise routines don’t appeal to you. Let’s face it — some people just aren’t cut out to run. We’ve all heard people who despise running say, “If I’m running, something must be chasing me.” Are you one of those people? It’s okay if you are! There are plenty of other ways to get that cardio workout.

Think outside the exercise box and consider these other methods:

Some types of yoga focus on breathing, meditation and relaxation. Some are more strenuous, focusing on flowing from one pose to another, creating heat within your body and elevating your heart rate. Others use external heat and a particular sequence of poses. Some are a combination. All types encourage beginners to give it a try.

While there are many similarities between yoga and Pilates, the latter tends to be more focused on strengthening the body’s core and alignment and doesn’t focus as much on the breath work that is often present during yoga practices. Read about the differences between yoga and Pilates here.

Zumba is a high-energy fitness routine that incorporates dance moves and music into (typically) a one-hour workout. If you love dancing and working up a sweat, this might be the workout for you. Zumba lovers say that it’s a work out that is perfect for all ages and all fitness levels.

As with any work out routine, be sure to give it a solid effort, but try to find something that you look forward to. After all, if you are going to make exercise a part of your regular routine, you should try and find something you truly enjoy!

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