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Mixing It Right

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The world is talking about getting fit. Most people tell themselves a million times that it is time they get into shape. And while several are doing just that, there is still a large number that blames a lack of time for not being able to exercise. So, it is no surprise that the latest fitness trends focus on time-efficiency. 

Here are some exercise forms which, in various combinations, are likely to make it big in 2013.
   
Yoga With Pilates
While yoga de-stresses the mind and is a great way to improve suppleness and strength, pilates concentrates primarily on developing a strong core (stomach and back muscles). An exercise session which is a combination of yoga and pilates is perfect for:
  • A mid-body workout
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Toning the core
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Therapy

High Energy With Zen-like Relaxation
Running, dancing and other high-energy exercises are known to give an ‘exercise high’ because of the endorphin rush. The Latin-inspired Zumba, our very own Bhangra and various other dance exercises are quite popular with those looking for a fast-paced workout.

But the latest trend is to combine these high-energy workouts with various de-stress techniques such as meditation, pranayam, and simple deep-breathing exercises to relax the body. A Zen-like approach to exercise helps
  • Build stamina
  • Burn fat
  • Calm the mind
  • Induce relaxation
 
(BW pic by Tribhuwan Sharma)
Power Walk To Fitness
Even those who are averse to exercise are open to the idea of going for a walk. Walking in the garden or even a footpath at an easy pace is their way to relax the body and mind. There are many different walking styles — from long leisurely walks to short brisk walks to power walking. 

The objective of power walking is to walk at such a fast pace that it is actually easier to break into a run. Not only does power walking burn more calories, it also increases stamina and muscle strength.

In 2013, the trend is going to be interspersing regular walks with short periods of power walks to make the workouts more challenging. This combination will:
  • Burn fat
  • Tone the body
  • Increase stamina

Balance And Toning Exercises

The key to maintaining perfect posture and stability is balance. It can be improved by performing certain yoga postures, exercising on the fit ball, core board, wobble board and other equipment. These exercises help screen deficits in strength, balance and co-ordination. Toning exercises play an important role in maintaining bone density and keeping the body strong. For a routine to be really effective it should includes exercises that target the major muscle groups of the upper-, mid- and lower body. Toning exercises are commonly performed on machines, using free weights and other resistance equipment. A workout which integrates balance and toning exercises will yield greater benefits as it will:
  • Improve posture and stability
  • Tone the body
  • Improve balance
  • Improve neuromuscular co-ordination

The author is a wellness specialist at Bombay Hospital, Mumbai

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 14-01-2013)