Have fun while shaping up

Not everyone likes to hit the gym or take up a sport, so here are eight easy ways to get fit

health and fitness Updated: Jul 20, 2013 19:05 IST

We’ve all faced it at some point — gone to the gym or taken up a sport only to lose motivation in a few days. But that is no reason to give up just yet. Here are eight ways to get into shape while having fun.

1. Skating
This aerobatic workout tones your lower body and builds leg strength. Besides, it is also a good calorie burner. You don’t need to enroll in any class; just get a hold of your balance and learn to skate on your own.
Where: Garden next to Hinduja Hospital, Mahim (W)

2. Zumba
Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness regimen, done with music and easy-to-follow dance steps. It helps build stamina. An hour-long workout can help you burn 300 to 600 calories. Since it is an exercise in disguise, you don’t realise that you are working out. It also creates a party-like atmosphere.
Where: All Talwalkars outlets
Call: 6612 6300

3. Rock climbing
Indoor rock climbing is a workout that builds strength and balance and can burn up to 800 calories an hour. It helps in improving cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone and strength.
Where: Gold’s Gym outlets
Call: 6699 2291/2849 1950

4. Cycling
Cycling is one of the easiest forms of cardio exercise. To make it more fun, enroll yourself for cycling tours conducted in the city. That way, you get fitter and get to explore Mumbai as well.
Where: Log on to realitytoursandtravel.in

5. Masala bhangra
It combines cardiovascular exercise with dance moves and incorporates high-energy bhangra and Bollywood moves in a simple format. You can burn up to 500 calories per class. It helps tone and condition the body and also builds stamina.
Where: Frequencee, Hughes Road
Call: 99201 31637

6. Aqua aerobics
If you are a swimmer or love being in the pool, aqua aerobics is a good option to help you get fitter. Aqua or water aerobics involves exercise in shallow water. The best thing is that you need not know how to swim to participate. It is an excellent way of burning unwanted flab and build inner strength. Water aerobics also increases muscle strength because water provides a natural resistance to your movements. Also, it reduces the risk of a muscle or joint injury.
Where: Springboard Fitness
Call: 98200 94323

7. Water jogging

Also known as aqua jogging, it is a form of endurance training that helps strengthen the joints, muscle and the core. Also, since it is a workout done in water, there is no risk of getting hurt.
Where: No classes. Can be done in any pool in Mumbai

8. Trampoline exercises
It involves strength and cardio training in the same workout. Besides building muscle, it helps you burn calories as rebounding reduces body fat, increases the muscle-fat ratio and increases the efficiency with which the body burns carbohydrates.
Where: Frequencee, Hughes Road
Call: 99201 31637

First Published: Jul 13, 2013 15:43 IST