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6 Classes That Make Fitness Fun
Fitness
Published Tuesday Aug 08, 2017 by Alissa Rogers

6 Classes That Make Fitness Fun

Bootcamp
Dance
Barre
Cardio

I’ll be the first to admit: I hate working out. Don’t get me wrong, I work out often, and I love feeling accomplished afterwards—but I never seem to find grueling workouts particularly fun in the moment (ya feel me?). That’s why I’m always looking for ways to burn calories without burning my spirit.

Luckily, fitness is getting a heck of a lot more fun. There are tons of classes out there that are so enjoyable, you don’t even notice the pain, but still get the gains. Check them out:

Pound®

If you’re looking for more of a rockout than a workout, this class will be music to your ears. Pound® is a cardio and strength class inspired by playing the drums. In the class, you use lightly weighted drumsticks—called Ripstix®—for a full-body workout (and full-body jam session) that shifts your focus from reps to rhythm. If rocking out to sweet tunes doesn’t sell you, you’ll burn up to 900+ calories per hour while drumming your way to a leaner physique.

Trampoline

Remember the days of jumping on a trampoline as a kid? Great news, it’s still socially acceptable to bounce over the age of 12. Even greater news, it’s actually good for you. Trampoline (also known as rebounder) fitness is a high-intensity workout with cardio levels equivalent to running, but has a lower impact and is easier on your joints. Group trampoline classes channel your inner-child and still give you a great workout, and they are springing up all over. These classes work every muscle in your body and raise your heart rate, but don’t make you feel like you’re exerting as much energy. Now that’s something to jump for joy about.

Pole Dancing

Throw your preconceived notions out the window—pole dancing has emerged as a mainstream form of fitness. As a sport that requires incredible strength and training, pole dancing uses the body as resistance and incorporates dance and gymnastic-based moves. If you’re looking for a way to increase core strength, tone your body and boost your confidence, try a beginner’s class near you.

Cardio Dance Classes

Given the choice between spending time on a treadmill in the gym or dancing the night away with my friends, I’m going to pick the latter every time. If you can relate to that, it’s time to give dance classes a try. From hip hop to salsa to twerking, cardio dance classes are popular as a fun way to shake off some calories. You may even get some new moves to bust out next time you hit the dance floor with your friends.

Aqua Fitness

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a merperson, now’s your chance. From aqua aerobics to aqua cycling, more and more classes are taking it below the surface. These classes take advantage of the higher resistance that builds naturally underwater, making you stronger and the workout more effective. Water classes are a lot easier on the joints, too. The buoyancy of the water takes off some of the impact that our bodies face during land workouts, which is especially good if you’re recovering from an injury or have a condition that limits you. Plus, these classes are great on a hot day—so you can be cool in more ways than one.

Circus Training

You don’t have to quit your day job to run away to the circus, take a class instead. Combining fun and focus, circus-inspired workouts are flying in as a thrilling way to get fit. If you find yourself in a fitness rut, raise the stakes with acrobatics, aerial arts, trapeze, tightropes and more. These classes help you build full-body strength, as well as courage to let go and say yes to new things.

Alissa Rogers
Written by
Alissa Rogers
Senior Copywriter
About the author
At MINDBODY, Alissa works on things like ad campaigns, emails, nurture drips, and direct mail campaigns. A California native, she loves being anywhere near a coast. In her free time, Alissa enjoys In-N-Out and yoga (balance), reading, and taking long walks through every aisle at Target.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.