Whether your goal is to lose weight, look better, or feel better, when searching for a fitness regimen, we are offered a plethora of options.
Today's popular fitness programs include Cross Fit, Zumba, Piloxing, bootcamps, Pilates, Booty Barre, spinning, boxing, yoga, group personal training, high intensity interval training, functional fitness, core or strength training, and much more as the fitness industry continues to innovate.
When deciding, some things to consider are not only the effectiveness of the workout, but also if the workout is actually good for your body and what the long term effects could be, either good or bad.
What do we require to stay fit and healthy? According to the ACSM (American College of Sports and Medicine), adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise each week, two to three days of flexibility training, and resistance training of each major muscle group two to three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
Touching on cardio training first, anyone can benefit from dance, but especially women. Dance workouts, such as Zumba or ballet, is highly recommended in that it is not only fun but safe and effective for weight loss or weight control in addition to promoting overall health. Plus, dance workouts are easy on the joints, which is an important consideration for long term well-being and agility.
The best way to work in flexibility training is through yoga. Yoga could be thought of as functional fitness because it does make the performance of everyday activities easier. The ancient practice has also been known to reduce stress and relieve back pain for some participants. Anyone can do yoga and receive benefits from it.
Resistance training can be met through a variety of ways in the list above, but if you are looking for something that will enhance your functionality without chronic, painful recovery time, take a look at Pilates. Joseph Pilates invented this form of exercise in the early 1900's and was well before his time. His method of contrology was used the connect the mind and body. Pilates can be used with or without equipment, using our own bodies as resistance. The benefits are enormous strides in core strength, which assists in the functions of daily living and muscles become longer and leaner. Women can strengthen and lengthen with Pilates without bulking up or becoming sore for days. Barre, a new ballet and Pilates fusion, is also recommended for both resistance and cardio benefits.
If you're looking to maintain or lose weight, feel and look better, begin a regimen of dance, yoga, and Pilates. It is the perfect system.