Fitness is  a great way to lift your spirits!  But trying a new fitness routine comes with its own set of rules.  Chances are you won’t be perfect first time around,  but that’s okay! Having a good laugh at yourself is a great way to put things in perspective and focus on what’s really important to you.  Plus, a little laughter can do you some measurable good too – not only helping to reduce stress hormones including cortisol, adrenaline, and dopac, but increasing beta-endorphins, which help to lower feelings of depression.

Here are some great alternative workouts to help you not take yourself too seriously, while breaking a serious sweat!

Trampoline / Dance Cardio: So you think you can dance?  Even if you are a pro, add trampolines, weights, and squats into the mix, and this routine is sure to have you on your toes.  Put your skills to the test with an intense 55-60 minute workout that will also help to sculpt your core.

BurnThis Suggestion: BARI StudioBody By SimoneJumplifeHIP Studio

Aqua Cycling: This new phenomenon is impact-free on the joints, helps to enhance blood-flow, and can burn up to 800 calories an hour!  The trend started in Europe and has since made its way over to NYC, sure to be hitting a town near you soon. Not in NYC? No problem!  Hit the pool or the ocean anyway, water is a great way to shake things up, add resistance and get a major calorie burn.

BurnThis Suggestion: Aqua


A Personal Training Session: There’s nothing like extra personal attention to make you feel better, even if that means grinding it out in a one-on-one sess with an intense trainer.  There are boutique personal trainer studios popping up in cities across the country, where you can get the personal attention of individual sessions without the required annual commitments of gym memberships.

BurnThis Suggestion: Exceed Physical Culture, CircuitWorks, Body Space Fitness

90 Minute Yoga Class: Take a little extra time for yourself.  90-minute yoga classes give you a well-deserved time to properly exhale.  Sometimes, it takes more effort to be still than to be in perpetual motion.

BurnThis Suggestion: ExhaleBikram NYCHot 8

Crossfit: By now, you have probably heard all about the fitness phenomenon that has captivated the country.  But if you haven’t worked up the courage to try it yet – go!  We recommend bringing a friend.  Crossfit classes are great community builders.

BurnThis Suggestion: Learn more about this workout trend before trying it! 

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