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New Workouts that Help You Recommit to a Healthier You

admin on May 6, 2014 - 8:30 am in Health & Fitness
Plenty of Bostonians made a health-related New Year’s resolution. Maybe you resolved to eat more vegetables, get to the gym at least 3 times a week, join a running club, or quit smoking. And while 2014 may have started off with a bang, plenty of us failed within a month or two to adhere to that resolution. But just because January is a long and distant memory (thank goodness!), that doesn’t mean you can’t recommit to a healthier lifestyle now and get ready for the summer season.

Here are 3 new workouts/fitness regimes you can try to help you recommit to your New Year’s Resolution:

Martial Arts

The Boston Martial Arts Center offers a free introductory self-defense class. They are an officially recognized school, Bujinkan Dojo Boston, under the international Bujinkan organization directed from their main headquarters in Tokyo, Japan by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. They offer programs for both adults and kids so it might be a great thing to get the whole family involved in! Studies have shown that martial arts, in addition to the obvious physical benefits, it is great for teaching respect, focus, and concentration. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids. Sweat Box blends boxing, martial arts, dance and gymnastics and is the world’s first martial art form specifically designed for women. Sweat Box was voted Boston’s Best Private Training Program for Women by Boston Magazine. There are many different forms of martial arts and each focuses on something different. For instance T’ai Chi (Chinese) focuses on balance, stretching, and weight-bearing moves and is easy on the joints. Meanwhile, Jujitsu (Japanese) is a competitive form of self-defense that teaches students to use their opponent’s weight and strength against them.

Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga

BostonMagazine.com explains the difference between hot yoga and Bikram yoga perfectly; ” Bikram yoga is not hot yoga, and hot yoga is not Bikram…Invented by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga must be performed in a 105 degree heated room, while hot yoga can be heated at pretty much any temperature the instructor or studio wants it to be. And while hot yoga consists of many different poses, Bikram’s patented 26 poses do not change.” While hot yoga may not actually burn any more calories than regular yoga, the heat does let participants feel more flexible.

CrossFit

CrossFit is the workout rage right now, with cross-fit studios and classes popping up all over Boston. CrossFit is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected. According to the CrossFit website: “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.” It’s a super high-intensity workout (usually 45 minutes to an hour) but no two workouts are hardly ever the same so it’s a great fitness option if you board with your workout plan really easily.

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