I don’t know about you, but I despise aerobics classes. They aren’t fun, and I find myself comparing my body (and my heavy breathing) to everyone around me. But, I do like getting some exercise, and building strength. Besides the endorphin rush, I love that it helps me feel in control of my body.
I am always in search of new ways to work out that are fun, but don’t really feel like work. I’m not one of those chicks who gets up at 5 am to run a mile. Never going to happen.
Over the last few years I’ve tried a couple of different things that I really enjoyed, and I thought they would appeal to you too.
- Pole fitness. That’s right, a fitness class that centers around a stripper pole. It’s WAY harder than you expect. If you’re like me and your upper body strength has drastically decreased with age, you’ll find this an especially challenging work out. From floor work, to spins all the way to inversions (stuff where you go upside down) this work out has it all. It’s a major core workout, but you’ll learn some pretty cool moves in the process. FYI, it’s a little addicting. I bought my own pole for at home not long after I started taking classes.
- Burlesque dance classes. You got it; it’s sexy dancing in heels and awesome outfits, but it’s hard work too. I haven’t actually tried this one yet, but I plan on enrolling in the first class that fits my schedule!
- Trampoline aerobics. Did you know that those places with wall to wall trampolines for kids often have and adult aerobic class a couple times a week? I’ve only tried this one once, but it was super fun. Your legs will scream at you the next day though, so be prepared for lots of ibuprofen. Since it’s on a trampoline it’s easy on your joints, and it brings out the kid in you again.
I hope you’ll give one of these a try, and who knows, maybe we’ll end up in class together!