Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Changing Exercise with Kettlebell Exercises, Aqua Zumba, and Aerial Yoga

By Rob Sutter

In the 1970s jogging was normalized as a workout. Heart attacks and heart disease were rapidly increasing in the United States because processed and refined foods were more accessible. Physicians began to combat this trend by suggesting regular cardiovascular exercise. Jogging became a new and popular way for Americans to exercise. Prior to the 1970s people did not run for fun or for exercise. They ran to escape ornery canines, schoolyard bullies, or to catch an early bus. But jogging gained a reputation as a fun and effective method for getting in shape. Kettlebells, kettlebell exercises, yoga, dancing, and sword fighting are becoming popular exercises today because people want new and fun ways to workout. The current workout trends are geared towards having fun and simultaneously getting in shape.

Stroller equipment is catching on among new mothers. Stroller workouts are a new trend for mothers to lose weight and burn calories and fat. A recent study showed that stroller workouts are more intense and burn more calories when walking is coupled with stroller pushing than with just walking alone. The study shows that stroller workouts can burn 372 to 444 calories per hour which is close to the calories burned while riding a bike or mowing the lawn. Stroller workouts combine spending time with baby and spending time with friends. Mothers across America are assembling stroller workout groups with fellow mothers. It has proven to be a great way for moms to get out of the house, spend time with baby and friends, and get in shape.

Kettlebell exercisesare catching on as a popular method for getting in shape as well. A kettlebell is a weight resembling a cannonball that is used to perform ballistic exercises that combine strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness that make you sweat. People are discovering, thanks to companies like Lorna, that they are reaching weight loss goals quicker, getting fitter faster, and bypassing hours of gym boredom by exchanging machines for these particular weights. The exercises cover all your bases by combining cardio with strength training. The weights are renowned for their intensity so you can say farewell to slogging it out on the treadmill and hello to a new and fun way to get fit. This regimen is more fun than typical workout plans because they incorporate a whole new range of movements and challenges.

Aqua Zumba is another new trend in exercise that includes both dance and water aerobics. Aqua Zumba is a cardiovascular workout that is done in the water to Latin music. Exercisers who do Aqua Zumba have said that it is like being on vacation because it is fun and playful. Aqua Zumba loosens up the spine, relieves stress, and burns calories fast. There is twelve times more resistance when submerged in water than in the air. The water supports ninety percent of the body so people with bad backs and other physical restrictions can more easily participate. Aqua Zumba is also something unique for athletes who might want to cross train and create strength in other areas.

Aerial yoga is one of the wackiest trends in exercise today. Aerial yoga is done by hanging upside down from ceiling in a fabric hammock. Aerial yoga allows exercisers to let their belly release, soften impact on the knees, and swing side to side in unison with breathing. Exercisers use the hammocks as a mechanism to lunge and stretch into positions with better ease than they could on the floor. There are several benefits of the weightless poses such as strengthening the core, stretching muscles, helping heal injuries, and relaxation. Aerial yoga will also give you an entirely new perspective on life and exercise.

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