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!

6 Ways to Soothe Sore & Aching Muscles

Most active people don’t mind a little muscle soreness after intense workouts —after all, sore muscles are the evidence that our bodies are working hard enough to attain new levels of fitness and help us prevent diseases like breast cancer. But after a while, it’s perfectly normal to want some relief.

Here’s the six-part formula to soothing your aching muscles.

  • Stretch it out. Within a few minutes of finishing an intense workout, spend about ten minutes stretching your muscles. Lengthening warm muscles post-workout helps flush out lactic acid (the stuff that makes you sore the next day). A good stretch will also reduce stiffness and overall soreness, but make sure your muscles are warm. Stretching cold muscles can cause strains and tears.
  • Go for the cold. Take advantage of your sweaty post-workout state to enjoy an ice bath (or an icepack or a few minutes of cold water in the shower). Exercise researchers have found that applying cold in the period immediately following a workout constricts blood vessels, which prevents swelling and inflammation. Plus, as your body heats up after the chill, your circulation will automatically improve.
  • Apply heat. After the first day, heat can help ease muscles soreness by relaxing your muscles and stimulating blood flow to heal the small tears in muscle fibers. Even if you don’t have access to a sauna or hot tub, a hot shower, a soak in the bathtub, or a heat pack can help you achieve the desired results.
  • Get a massage. What better way to relieve tension, pain, and inflammation than by getting a massage? If you’re not comfortable stripping for a professional massage (or if you can’t afford regular visits to the masseuse), enlist a friend’s help or do it yourself with a foam roller, a massage stick, or a massage chair.
  • Rest. Our bodies are pretty good about telling us when we’ve overdone it. Listen to your sore muscles and slow down for a few days so you can heal. But don’t become a total couch potato: light movement (such as low-impact cardio or yoga) improves circulation and helps your body recover.
  • Pop a pill. If you’re still in pain after trying everything you can think of, go ahead and take an anti-inflammatory pain killer such as ibuprofen. But if you’re still sore after several days, consult your doctor to make sure you aren’t seriously injured!