You don’t have to go to a posh gym or a fancy fitness centre to get fit. If you really get into it, wellness can be achieved in the comfort of your own home.
Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Comprising controlled movements, Pilates requires consistency and commitment for it to be effective. While it looks simple, Pilates exercise provide enough challenges that, once overcome, result in full body strength, flexibility, control and endurance. There are many Pilates tutorials that you can check out on YouTube, catering to different needs, from beginners to advanced, and even for weight loss purposes.
Channel your inner rock star by taking up pound fit as your exercise routine. For this workout you’re going to need to prepare Ripstix – lightly weighted drumsticks created specifically for this kind of exercise. Created by two ladies who are also recreational drummers, the workout incorporates the concept of drumming, combined with cardio and strength training. Check out POUND Rockout. Workout. YouTube channel to learn more and actually try some of the routines.
If you really want to challenge yourself with the big guns, go for the F45 training. Short for Functional Training, and the 45-minute duration of the exercise, F45 has gained popularity all over the world for its effectiveness. The routine consists of 36 systemised workouts that combine high-intensity interval training and circuit training. While it’s more exhilarating to practice F45 at any F45 studio – with your peers cheering and pepping you up – you can also do this at home by checking out F45 Training Team Workouts YouTube channel.
If you’re not keen on the idea of spending 45 minutes or more to work out, opt for the 7-minute workout. The original workout comprises 12 exercises, including jumping jacks, wall sits, push-ups, abdominal crunches, squats, planks, lunges, side planks and more. As it gets more popular, especially for the busy type, the exercise varies to more advanced workouts. Download the 7 Minute Workout app on your phone, and you’re good to go. You can even custom your seven minutes and keep track of your progress.
French for bar, barre got its name from the stationary handrail used as support for exercise, most commonly in ballet training. Incorporating movements from ballet, combined with a hint of yoga and Pilates, the workout has evolved so that you don’t need to have a handrail at your home to practice it. At first glance the routine seems dainty and delicate, but it will really engage your core, and shape your form and alignment. Find barre tutorials on YouTube, from the quick 10-minute ones to the full-blown 45-minute rituals.
Hip Hop Workout
Hip hop dancing is the key to working out that doesn’t feel like exercising. It’s like going out dancing with the gang on a hip-hop and R’n’B night, but it gives you a great cardiovascular exercise and it gets your heart pumping. YouTube offers many hip-hop tutorials. If hip hop is not your sound, check out Latin dance workout too. It’s fun, it’s a good exercise, and it develops your dance skills – an ultimate win-win!