Have Fun While Breaking A Sweat

exercisingThere are rumors rolling around town that there are some new workouts that are (*gasp*) fun!

We don’t know about you, but this just simply goes against everything we know.  Don’t get us wrong—we are always open to new things. But if there were ever a day where we’d see pigs fly, today is the day.

In case you want to try this whole “fun workout thing” with us, we’re sharing the top 5 newest calorie-burning trends.

Bounce the Calories Off

This is the place of your childhood dreams: an entire room made of trampolines for as far as your eye can see. You can literally bounce the calories off and not even know you’re doing it. It’s great cardio AND leg sculpting. And bouncing is great for the lymphatic system!

Our Charleston recommendation: Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

Join the Circus for the Day

Who said you have to work out on the ground? Try your talents at the aerial sling, aerial silks, aerial hoop, or the trapeze! You will definitely feel the burn on this one. Warning: this might not be your thing if you have a fear of heights.

Our Charleston recommendation: Aerial Fit.

Walk on Water

You’ve probably seen Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) by now, but have you tried it yet? With a little help from an instructor, you’ll be up on your feet in no time! There are so many great SUP activities for all experience levels, ranging from laid-back tours of rivers and canals to more intense workout classes and races.

Our Charleston recommendation: Nature Adventures Outfitters.

Dance the Weight Off

Have you tried a Zumba class yet? This workout involves dancing off calories to high-energy music. It’s the perfect full-body workout!

Our Charleston recommendation: Pivotal Fitness.

Walk and Talk

Okay so this one isn’t a new trend, but it sure is fun! Instead of meeting your friends for coffee, plan on going for a walk together. You will still get to check in with each other, but you’ll also get to burn some calories too!

Have you tried any of these fun workouts? Let us know what you think!

Resolutions 101: How to Actually Keep Your Resolutions This Year

8242590657_89f52abeee_oDon’t shoot the messenger, but it’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about—it’s time to make this year’s New Year’s Resolution. Before you start groaning about resolution failures of years past, we are here to help. We have set up 4 methods to SUCCEED this time.

Honestly, this time of year can be really refreshing. It’s a whole new start. If you had a not-so-stellar last year, here’s your chance to shake it off (excuse the Taylor Swift reference) and be a new and improved you!

Make It with a Friend

When someone else is holding you accountable, it’s much easier to stay motivated. Choose a friend who has a similar goal, and be each other’s support group! If your resolution is to go to the gym 3 times each week, going together will raise the odds of sticking to your mission. The two of you could even come up with a rewards system. After 4 weeks of going to the gym 3 times a week, treat yourselves to a mani/pedi or a round of golf!

Make It Realistic

Did swearing off all foods except fruits and vegetables not turn out how you planned last year? Make this year’s resolution something that is challenging but still maintainable with your lifestyle. Instead of giving up everything, try eliminating just soda and sugar from your diet. And what happens if you blow it on week 2? DON’T STOP, just because you feel defeated! Realize that there may be slip-ups, but what matters is getting back on track right away.

Make It New

Have you not succeeded with the same resolution year after year? Get creative! Your resolution doesn’t always have to be about dieting or exercising. It can be as simple as vowing to be more patient with your in-laws (easier said than done!) or even keeping up with old friends. Choosing something you’ve never done before can help shake things up and help make your goals feel attainable.

Make It Your Own

Who says your resolution has to start January 1? Actually, that may not the best day to start a lifestyle change. If you’re a little under the weather from the parties the night before or if you still have a lot of holiday food lying around, you’re not setting yourself up for success. Choose a date like January 2 or the day you go back to work to start your resolution, so that you’re prepared and in a positive mindset.

Have a New Year’s Resolution Success Story? We’d LOVE for you to share it on our Facebook page!