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Everyone wants to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer. But people do not look beyond exercises when it comes to fitness. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. But of late, there has been a revolutionary change in fitness regimes and methods.

Earlier with mere use of word exercise, you would start thinking about machine studded gymnasiums, yoga classes, diet plans, aerobics classes,etc. Now this monotony has been broken by introduction of new form of exercises like aqua aerobics, zumba, bollyrobics and parkour.



These new forms have increasingly become quite popular among the young generations who find running on a treadmill boring as when you go to a gym or for jogging you have to do it alone where as aerobics and parkour are group activities where you meet different people  and motivate each other to reach better fitness levels.





Aqua Aerobics
Aqua aerobics is water sport , in  addition to the standard benefits of any exercise, the use of water in water aerobics supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury. The mitigation of gravity by flotation places less stress on the joints when stretching, and can allow a greater range of motion. The mitigation of gravity makes water aerobics safe for individuals able to keep their heads out of water, including the elderly. It help burns 600-800 Calories in an hour but needs to be switch over after getting yourself assured for a certain degree of fitness . Exercise in water can also prevent overheating through continuous cooling of the body. Most classes last for 45-55 minutes. Another benefit is that you do not even have to be a strong swimmer to participate in water aerobics.

Disadvantages : Aqua aerobics requires access to a swimming pool via facilities, and in addition to any membership fees to access facilities, classes may cost extra. Although aquatic exercise greatly reduces the risk of injury, not as many calories are burned as would be in some other activities. Though aquatic activities in general expend more energy than many land-based activities performed at the same pace due to the increased resistance of water, the speed with which movements can be performed is greatly reduced.



Zumba
Another fitness regime in vogue is zumba. It is a Columbian dance fitness program. It was created by choreographer Alberto 'Beto' Perez during 90s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa,  mambo, martial arts, soca, merengue and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. There are eight different types of classes for different levels of age and exertion.  For example, Zumba Gold mainly targets the older population. It is specifically designed to the needs of the elderly and includes the same kind of music as the Zumba fitness party class. Zumba Toning is for the people who do their workouts with toning sticks. Zumba Toning target the abs, thighs, arms, and other areas. Aqua Zumba is Zumba in a swimming pool. Zumba in the circuit is the dance combined with circuit training.

Bollyrobics

Bollyrobics is dancing to the tunes of your favourite bollywood songs. There are classes going on at many places for the same and people are finding it very interesting as the find it more enjoyable than regular aerobics. Some even say it seems to be going for a party daily after your work, makes you more willing and enthusiastic rather than compulsion.


Parkour
Those people who love to sweat it out to build strength go for parkour which is toolless human locomotion. Parkour is a training discipline developed out of military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to move from one place to another, negotiating the obstacles in between. The discipline uses no equipment and is non-competitive. A male practitioner is generally called a "traceur", a female a "traceuse". Although parkour itself grew out of military obstacle-course training,  it has since developed separately. One does not get fit doing parkour, one should be fit to perform it like  if you go from A to B, you need to be able to get back from B to A, but not necessarily with the same movements. There are many basic versatile and effective techniques that are emphasized for beginners. Most important are jumping and landing techniques.

Exercise and physical activity can be fun to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a  social setting which is fun. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new. Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. 

As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It has recently come up in a research that if brisk walking is taken up for 75 minutes every week, it adds up to 1.8 years to your life. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns. 



                       - Anu Sharma (Guest Writer)



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3 Responses so far.

  1. jayadevm says:

    I love staying fit - 4 to 5 km walk daily.

    Used to do yoga - can't find the time now. I thing I need to have some company to compare notes while I am at it.

    The idea is to mix and match to keep the interest alive.

    So dance and aerobics are good in from that perspective. But are these just fads or really stuff we can adapt for long term.

    Parkour is extreme and may not suit all.

    But I support this theme ... the body and mind benefit from regular exercise.

  2. yes aerobics and dance r a gud option for long run if u r regular with t and enjoy dancing,it gives u a feeling of being fit and healthy,but if u want to add bulk i.e. be a body builder then ofcourse u have other options...stay fit,enjoy life.....

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