6 Sports and Fitness Activities to Keep Your Body in Shape

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Do you hate the gym? Are you tired of doing all traditional workouts? If your answer is ‘’Yes’’, you’re exactly where you need to be.

Not all people are the same, and finding that perfect workout activity is a lot like choosing friends or dating. It takes time and patience, but it’s completely doable. However, when it comes to working out, mixing up your regular routines with sports and fitness activities can be a good thing. Cross-training will keep your body in great shape, and it will keep you injury-free, so don’t be afraid to try something new now and then.

Aerial Yoga 

Aerial Yoga
If you want to try something new, and you’re a fan of yoga, then aerial yoga might just be the perfect exercise. It’s practical, calming, and fulfilling. What more can you ask for? This type of yoga offers the same benefits as regular yoga, but it also has some additional benefits.

Better focus – By putting your body into incredibly challenging positions, you’ll actually have to focus more on what you’re doing. You’ll need to be in control of your body at all times.

Strength – Gravity will affect your muscles more than while you’re doing regular yoga, and as a result, your muscles will work harder than ever.

Balance – Your core muscles will be engaged at all times while you’re doing aerial yoga, and as a result, your balance will improve.

Zumba

If you’re a person who likes dancing, why don’t you give Zumba a chance? This fantastic workout blends body movements from different dancing styles such as salsa, merengue, flamenco, and many others. If you’re looking for a good way to get your core muscles, leg muscles, and glutes in shape, then don’t hold back and enroll in a Zumba class right now.

The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need any special equipment – just sneakers.

Pole dancing

Pole dancing

When people hear the term ‘’pole dancing’’ they usually think of the kind performed in strip clubs. That’s because they don’t know that there are three branches of pole dancing: sexy, art, and sport.

Pole dancing is actually a full body workout. It’s a resistance training and cardio at the same time. Pole dancers perform acrobatic tricks by suspending their weight, and that puts a lot of strain on their muscles.

This sport (yes, it’s a sport, and it might even become an Olympic event) is not just for the ladies. It’s for men, too. Some ancient forms of pole dancing like Mallakhamb have actually been performed exclusively by men!

Bootcamp

Bootcamp style exercises can be fun, especially when you’re doing them with friends. This kind of high-intensity workout will burn fat, build muscle, increase your ability to use oxygen, and it will seriously challenge your fast-twitch muscles. Obviously, this type of exercise puts a lot of strain on the whole body, so plan your diet accordingly.

Fuel up your body by eating healthy carbohydrates such as whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt, and don’t shy away from taking the pre workout supplements because they’ll keep you going. When you finish exercising, refuel your tank by eating protein-rich foods such as almonds and chicken breasts.

Never do boot camp exercises when you’re hungry. Working out hungry can cause muscle loss, and that’s probably just the opposite of what you want.

Rope jumping

jump rope

This fantastic full-body workout will make you feel like a kid again, and it will strengthen your bones and muscles while improving your coordination at the same time. You might think that rope jumping is completely boring, but don’t mock it until you try it. If you take a good look at video archives of some of the best boxers, you’ll see that they’re all absolutely amazing with a jump rope.

If this exercise was good enough for Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, it’s good enough for you. Get a rope and start jumping now!

Indoor rock climbing

If you always wanted to conquer a mountain, but you’re afraid of heights, this type of exercise is absolutely perfect for you. Indoor rock climbing will make your muscles work like never before, and it will also improve your balance and coordination. It’s basically like doing yoga on the wall because you’re constantly shifting your weight and moving your body.

Find a sports and fitness activities that you enjoy doing and stick with it, but don’t be afraid to try something new from time to time. Different sports work for different muscle groups and the surest way to stay in shape is to mix it up a little.

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