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4 New exercise workouts for a new body

Life change expert, healthy living coach, nutritionist and media personality Laura Lewis is the author of the newly released book 52 Ways to a Healthy You and is the host of the national television series, "Empty Nesters" on Veria TV, a ...

Ready to get fit?

If you're like most women, one of your New Year's resolutions likely has something to do with diet, weight loss or getting fit. Is your old workout just not working out for you anymore? Is your body not responding like it used to? Or are you just simply B-O-R-E-D with the same ole-same-ole fitness routine? Try something different that may take you beyond your comfort zone, but may result in tighter abs, a leaner physique, stronger muscles and a happier you.

Dance class for women

Dance, darling, dance!

With all the stars getting into shape via rigorous practice sessions on Dancing with the Stars (did you see Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter, Kelli?), it’s no wonder everyone wants to jump onto the dance floor. Dancing may burn up to 300 calories per hour, depending upon the speed and style. Assuming it takes 3500 calories to put on one pound, you can lose a pound every 10 days or so without even changing your diet and dancing only one hour per day. Add plyometrics, which involve explosive action with the thighs (i.e., leaps and other outrageous dance expressions), your metabolic burn may be even more intense outside of the dance room.

HIIT it!

In an Australian study at the University of New South Wales, Professor Steve Boucher reported that a group of females who followed a 20-minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) program consisting of eight-second sprints followed by 12 seconds of taking it easy lost six times more body fat than a group that followed a 40-minute cardio program performed at a steady pace and constant intensity of 60 percent of their maximum heart rate (MHR). Stats like that give a new meaning to really “HIIT”-ing the gym! Sold yet? Check out this vid to see a unique HIIT workout.

My Body
  1. Shaking your booty burns 300 calories an hour... now that’s a dance we can get down with!
  2. Turns out being slightly erratic with your workout is a good thing – a high/low impact workout is 6x more effective than a steady paced one.
  3. Bipolar workouts are the way to beat boredom and get your butt in some serious shape. Try pairing running with hula hooping or jump roping with swimming.

Lift fast, lower slower

Studies show that, if you pick up a set of 10-pound dumbbells fast and then lower them with the count of 1-2-3-4, you will see simultaneous improvements in muscle strength, power and endurance, whereas other lifting techniques don’t seem to have as significant an impact. Lifting faster and lowering slowly will help you gain more strength faster than your gym buddy who won’t give up the old way of doing things. Let his proof be in his own pudding. Your proof will be a new, rock-hard body!

Cross-train your way to a new you

Among the top new fitness trends is cross training. Cross-training has several approaches, yet works from the same basic concept: Combine two or more activities into the same workout or workout plan. Ride five miles on your bike, and then swim laps. Throw in some flexibility and strength training either during the same workout or every other day. Cross-training intensity may range from as intense as you might find at a real military boot camp to those offered to senior citizens and kids. The mix-it-up approach to training removes the boredom factor, while the variety allows muscles and joints to rest and recover on alternating days. Want something really advanced? Here is a new workout program (CrossFit) that will literally kick your butt.

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