Workouts for the “Gym-Phobic”

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Exercise is a part of life. It’s good for your body, good for your mind, good for your soul. However, that doesn’t mean there is a one-size-fits-all workout routine meant for everybody. Some people prefer spending some quality time at the gym, while others prefer to take on active outdoor activities like hiking or swimming. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who dread the thought of hitting the gym for a long workout. We decided to pull together some solutions for those who prefer different methods! After all, there are plenty of other options for the “gym-phobic.”

Zumba or Dance Class:

If your idea of a great night out usually involves loud music and a dance floor, then we have the workout for you! Why not give Zumba a try? This hip-shaking, dance sensation workout originated in South America with the intention of being globally understood.

So….what does that mean? It means that Zumba classes usually don’t rely on verbal cues. You focus on the instructor up and just follow along with his or her movements. Before you know it, you’re dancing away and working up a sweat. Zumba classes have become pretty prevalent in recent years and there is a good chance you can find a class nearby! Many colleges offer free or very inexpensive classes on campus, so check with your Rec center or Student Activities office.

Looking for something with a little more technique? Did you practice dance when you were younger (or spent your years wishing you had practiced??)? Head back to the studio! Plenty of dance studios offer beginner or adult classes that you can dive right into. From classical ballet, to hip hop, to tap…find what interest you and get to it! It’s a nice alternative to the free weights or leg press, but just as good of a workout.

Kickboxing:

Self-defense AND a workout? Sign us up! While not all kick-boxing classes are centered on self defense, there are many that are – just do your research! Either way, it’s a fantastic workout that’s great for toning your arms and abs. Not all kickboxing classes are the same – some feature more choreographed movements, while others introduce extra power to your punches. Once you land your first roundhouse kick, you’re bound to fall in love!

Yoga or Aerial Yoga:

For many people, yoga’s main appeal lies in the ambience of the studio. Low lights, soothing music, and meditation are combined with a series of poses that leave yogis feeling relaxed and fit. Though you might leave feeling stretched and relaxed, you’ll have given your muscles a great workout. Yoga and meditation have been practiced for hundreds – if not thousands – of years throughout the world and can be one of the best stress-relievers around come finals time.

If you’re looking for something really different, take a stab at aerial yoga. This circus-inspired form of yoga involves silk ‘parachutes’ hung from the ceiling of the studio. Aerial incorporates the parachute into basic yoga moves that leaves you hanging and dangling, sometimes even upside-down, from the ‘chute! Not only is it perfectly safe, it’s quite beautiful to watch as well.
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If you’re looking for something to switch up your free-weights-and-treadmill routine, then look no further! Give one of our suggestions a shot and let us know how it goes. Or, post your own suggestions for us to try out! Share your favorites with us on Twitter or in the comments below.

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