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Shed fat the fun way

health-and-fitness Updated: Jun 09, 2011 19:14 IST

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Shed those extra kilos with fun filled fitness routines that will make sure you don’t look for excuses when it is workout time. It’s important to be devoted while you are working out but the process should be enjoyable as well, to evade monotony. So while you are sweating it out in the gym, adopt unconventional fitness routines that will keep boredom at bay and also give you much better and faster results. Most fitness experts support altering fitness routines to stop your body from getting used to a particular exercise programme. A fun fitness technique will not only help you lose weight but also build up your stamina and your body’s resistance power.

Choose from the following exciting exercise forms if you find regular fitness programmes drab and least motivating.

Trampoline time
Exercising on a trampoline is a great way to lose weight. Jesse James Bessa, Master trainer of Ozone Fitness N Spa says, “Your muscles get into action when you stand on a trampoline. Jumping on it helps burn the fat faster.” It is advised that you learn
the exercise under expert guidance.

Hula hooping
If those love handles (the fat around the belly) stop you from slipping into that figure hugging dress, then hula hooping is the best way to get rid of them. Hula hooping might not seem easy to you initially, but you will be able to spin the hoop with a little bit of practice.

A hoop has a standard diameter of 33 inches and consists of a heavy rubber pipe with a cloth covering. So, invest in a hoop available at most fitness equipment stores to banish your belly fat.

Zumba zone
This dance form is fast catching up amongst fitness enthusiasts. Zumba dance is an hour-long exercise that combines latin, hip-hop and belly dance moves along with aerobics and is performed mostly on latin music. Founded by international fitness trainer Alberto Perez, the technique works on all the body muscles and helps to tone them faster. Bessa says, “Zumba is very popular amongst all ages from 20s to 60s. People who practice it, enjoy the dance and simultaneously lose weight too.”

Three golden fitness rules
Before you take up any sort of exercising programme, it is always good to seek an expert or a doctor’s advice.

Warm up is very important before any exercise. It ensures that your body is well-stretched and you are ready to start the routine.
Once the fitness session is over, focusing on cool down exercises is important. You must relax your body after any fitness routine.

Chocolate treats
How about a yummy diet which can help you lose weight while you are eating chocolate? The ‘chocolate diet’ recommends eating very low fat food in order to balance out the saturated-fat content of chocolate. But it is essential to consult your nutritionist before adopting it, to confirm whether it works for your body system or not.

Running backwards
If you can manage to jog or run backwards, studies say that you have better chances of losing weight. Many say it’s unsafe and can lead to injury, so one should be careful while practicing it. James Bamber, organiser of the UK’s backward races says, “Running one lap of an athletics track backwards provides the fitness equivalent of running six laps forward and that 100 steps in reverse produces the same benefits as 1,000 steps straight ahead.”