Fusion Fitness: New Ways to a Healthier You

By Avan Tolat

Living in a city like Mumbai, where people are constantly on the move and living a hectic lifestyle, Fitness Regimes have become the need of the hour.  More and more people are opting for new unconventional workout options that not just tone and keep the body fit but are also fun.  In the recent years, various fusion and experimental fitness methods with therapeutic effects have become a trend.

  • Bokwa

Conceptualised by LA-based fitness personality Paul Mavi, this South-African style aerobic dance activity derives its name from ‘Bo’ meaning boxing and ‘Kwaito’, an African word for a style of South African music and dance. It includes drawing letters and numbers, like ‘L’ or ‘J’ using the feet along with a cardio workout routine. Bokwa meets the need of every level of fitness with low to high impact steps. You get the exercise you need with the fun you want.

  • Aerial Yoga

If you like Yoga, you should definitely consider giving Aerial Yoga a try. Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer, developed this based on the Theory of Counter – Gravity. It involves performing a series of exercises inspired by Yoga and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus.

The hammocks are held up by carabineers and support chains. You can adjust the height according to your personal preference. Some of the most basic poses involve simple stretches while seated on the hammock, while other poses progress to hanging upside down and grabbing your thighs, ankles or feet for support and balance.  Greater flexibility, better focus, strengthening of muscles and stress relief are some of the additional benefits of this form of Yoga.

  • Aqua Zumba

This Zumba workout is done in water with the moves being a little slower but more intense than the regular Zumba workout, as water works as a natural resistant.

Working constantly against the resistance of water increases fat-free mass and burns loads of calories. Nearly 90% of your body weight is displaced when the water is at your chest level. Thus your knees, hips and back undergo less pounding. At the same time, your body works four times harder than on land as you deal with the resistance of the water rather than gravity. This workout routine is perfect for people with joint pains, arthritis and diabetes.

  • Boot Camp Workout

Built on three fundamentals of training – cardio, strength, and agility, this military-inspired workout burns serious calories.This program strings together circuits of intense exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and squats that go from one move to the next with little or no rest in-between.

Without fancy equipment or complicated moves, you can do a boot-camp workout anywhere. The idea is to build strength and endurance. It targets the core, arms, legs, back and gluteus.

  • Power Yoga

This term ‘power Yoga’ was coined somewhere in the mid-1990s, deriving its roots from Ashtanga Yoga. But unlike Ashtanga Yoga, this form of Yoga does not follow any set pattern of postures. So no two Power Yoga workouts are the same.

The moves and exercises have been invented to strengthen the whole body and develop a person’s willpower. Power Yoga is quite popular with sports enthusiasts who enjoy a strenuous workout. It is known to flush out the toxins, heal acidity, deal with menstrual problems and hypertension, strengthen the immune system and improve blood circulation.

  • Kickboxing

If knee strikes, kicks, and punches sound like a blast, give this total-body workout a try. Burn about 350-450 calories an hour as you punch, jab, and kick your way toward better balance, flexibility, co-ordination, and endurance.

Kickboxing is a fun and effective cardio workout that engages almost every muscle in your body, burns calories and tones your arms, abs, shoulders, back and legs at the same time. It can be good for your heart, joints, strength, balance and coordination.  It’s a great way to relieve stress too.

With the introduction of new machineries and new techniques, these fusion fitness trends aim to take exercise to a different level.So where do you want to go?  Choose a Fitness Regime and exercise your way to a healthier, and happier you.

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