January is typically “the fitness month”. New workout gears are lined up inside the wardrobe and gyms are noticeably more packed than usual. The question is, can we turn the fitness resolution into a lifestyle?
The answer is easier when your workout regimes are enjoyable for you. Instead of pushing yourself beyond the limit and suffering from sore back all week long, why not build up strength and stamina through workouts you actually like. Here, we list down 3 trendy ways to help achieve that body and mind balance. Sweat or regret!
HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
The workout is a good option for those with short attention span. As the name suggests, HIIT combines fast-paced movements (for 10-20 seconds each time) with short breaks. Typical movements include jumping jacks, sumo squats, burpees and jab-cross boxing basics. HIIT burns a lot of calories in a short span of time, making it ideal for those who aim to lose weight. There are 10-minute or 20-minute options for beginners or those who have just recovered from an injury. Do join a class for start, so that you get a hang of doing the movements right, thus minimising injury risks.
Ideal for: weight-loss programme
Length: 30 – 45 minutes
Benefits: increased metabolism, better muscle strength, minimum equipment needed (means you can still workout while travelling)
Where: Soulbox, Fairgrounds Level 3, Jl. Jend Sudirman, Kav 52-53, Lot 14, SCBD
Combining cardio exercise with drumming, Pound Fit is a 45-minute workout session with upbeat music to dance to. Participants stand on a mat, while carrying Ripstix (plastic drum sticks that help tone up the muscles) on both hands. Throughout the session, participants alternate between the basic standing position, lunge and laying down in bridge pose (bottoms up!). Body movements are combined with rhythmic Ripstix pounding. The pounding really does help with distracting you from the aching that comes with prolonged lunges and bridging. In short, it’s an effective mood booster that tones you up at the same time.
Ideal for: music lovers
Length: 45 minutes
Benefits: toned arms, abs and bottoms
Where: Sana Studio Panglima Polim (Jl. Panglima Polim V No.38, Kebayoran Baru) and Sana Studio Cipete (3rd floor, The Buya, Jl. Cipete I No.15, South Cipete, Cilandak)
Mind & body wellness has shifted from a divine concept into a need. In search for overall wellness, holiday trips are combined with yoga, meditation, spa and vegetarian menu. Options range from silent retreat that typically lasts for a week, where participants abstain from human contacts throughout, focusing on inner self through meditations. A “milder” version offers daily yoga practice, meditation class and spa in luxury accommodations. Whichever the option, mobile phones and internet should be the last things in your mind.
Ideal for: busy bees
Length: 3 – 7 days
Benefits: lower stress level, better alertness, more toned, cleaner gut