Thursday, January 2, 2014

Workout Plans To Fulfill 2014's Fitness Resolution

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014.
Of course, with the beginning of the new year, people are making their list of new year's resolutions. One of the most made resolutions is a variation of one of these: 
  • to get back into shape, 
  • hit the gym more often, 
  • be healthier. 
Sometimes though, it is hard to make that fitness resolution happen if you don't have a battle plan. Let's take a look at some of the fitness crazes, their benefits, and the specific muscle groups they target.

HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
What it is: High-intensity interval training is described as a workout that alternates between intensive bursts of activity with fixed periods of less than intense activity or rest. This is perfect for those on the go or that have a busy schedule. You are able to get in a good work out during the lunch hour. Can you dedicate 15 minutes to HIIT? Interval training is known to achieve more progress in 15 minutes, 3 times a week than someone running on the treadmill for an hour. 
  • HIIT burns more fat due to the intense bursts of activity. 
  • The intense exertion on your body causes the body's repair cycle to go into hyperdrive. 
  • Allows you to work your heart muscle. Healthier heart = happier life.
  • Lose weight not muscle. Because you are weight training, you are losing fat while increasing muscle mass.
Muscle Groups: This depends on the workout that you select. Ultimately, HIIT can target every muscle in your body. Just find a sequence of workouts that you can perform in a high intense sequence.

Barre Ballet
What it is: This is a ballet inspired workout that helps you to develop lean muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and increase your range of motion. This integrates dance condition with isometric exercises and toning. Looking for that ballet butt and legs? This is the perfect workout for you.
  • High calorie burn rate
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Helps burn fat and sculpt the body
  • Improves one's mental focus
Muscle Groups: Barre ballet engages a wide range of muscle groups throughout the body however the most engaged muscle groups are in your legs and butt. Your core and back help to stabilize you during periods of course! So don't shy away! Take a few classes and you'll leave the way your body will tone and shape up.

Of course, there are your Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Kickboxing classes you can take. All of these will work towards a healthier and happier you. But it never hurts to challenge your body and try something new. If you don't like it, it's one hour that you spent towards improving yourself, and that my friend is never a waste of time. 

I hope 2014 sees a newer and healthier you!

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