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Staying fit and healthy is vital to living longer, and happier. With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying healthy has never been more important, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, exercise can benefit you in a plethora of ways, including building strength, improving cardiovascular fitness, reducing stress, and boosting your mood. Yet, with so much social unrest, it can be difficult to get back into a routine or to get excited about working out. So if you are looking to do something new in 2022, here are some fitness alternatives to try this year. 

Hot Yoga 

A great fitness alternative is hot yoga. This trend has been on the rise in the past few years. Combining the mental benefits that you can gain from yoga and meditation, alongside the physical components with movement through the asanas, yoga is a great way to nourish both your mind and body.

The classes range in temperature from 90 degrees F to 108 degrees F, depending on where you go. This kind of heat boasts a plethora of additional benefits than just your usual yoga class. For example, the heat keeps the heart rate going, which is good for your lungs and cardiovascular health. It, also, helps to burn more calories and has been shown to help you increase your flexibility. The added intensity can help you tone up and build more muscle too. You can find these classes at local studios, such as HOTWORX

HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is not a new concept but is one that you should try this year. It continues to dominate the fitness industry due to its effectiveness. You can incorporate it into any routine, as it can be done in as little as 15 mins per day. This is a great approach to follow if you are short on time, have long workdays, or are a parent leading a hectic life.

Not everyone has time to head to the gym for a couple of hours per day. This makes HIIT perfect. HIIT workouts are extremely intense, but they are done in short bursts and enable you to burn more calories in a small space of time. It has also been shown to increase your metabolic rate for a few hours after you have finished exercising while helping you build physical and cardiovascular strength. 

Indoor Cycling and Rowing 

Cycling and rowing are other fitness alternatives to try this year. The pandemic brought numerous changes to the fitness industry and many people started looking for at-home workout solutions. Consequently, Peloton rose to the challenge and became one of the most popular forms of exercise. Purchase your own indoor bike and joining online instructors made it really convenient for people. Since then, the indoor cycling industry and demand is booming.

You don’t have to purchase your own indoor bike. You can join one of the hundreds of classes offered at local gyms each week. The positive thing about going to a gym class is the motivation and energetic vibe you get, which significantly helps get through the cycling workout. Rowing is another great alternative, especially for those who have bad knees. These classes are an excellent way to build your overall fitness, give your legs and arms a good workout, and burn fat. 

Acroyoga

This fitness alternative combines yoga and acrobatics. This practice requires a partner or a group, the base is the person who is mostly on the ground and provides stability and support for the flyer, who is elevated off the ground. Acroyoga is great for strength training, flexibility, balance, core strength, and even confidence. It includes static poses, acrobatic flying, and can even include therapeutic flying which adds some massaging.

Whether you have made new year resolutions to get fit and healthy or not, looking after your health is a necessity, not an option. This year, try the above trendy fitness alternatives to help you get fitter, mix up your usual routine, and have fun while exercising.

To a Fitter Healthier You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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