You’re so bored of your current gym routine that you’re about to fall asleep on the treadmill. Because it’s a new year, why not use the occasion to usher in a fresh fitness regimen, too? Finding a workout that suits your style is key to sticking with it — and having fun. Whether you’re all go-go-go or more mellow you’ll find a fitness routine just for you.
IF YOU’RE STRESSED OUT
Do: Yoga 2.0
Why: This thousands-year-old practice, which originated in India, is popular for a reason. Yoga helps create balance and harmony in its devotees’ lives through an emphasis on mind and body. Yoga can be instrumental for people wanting to still their thoughts, slow down and find focus — all while getting healthy.
How: Sign up for YogaGlo, a monthly service ($18 per month, 15-day free trial) offering more than 1,000 classes that you can watch online or on TV. You can filter classes by level, favorite teacher, style of yoga and duration to find just the right class.
Extra: A sticky mat is a must. I like the 1/4-inch Hybrid Eco Mat (on sale for $30.60 at Barefoot Yoga Co.), which comes with a strap for easier carrying and storage.
IF YOU WANT FUN WITH YOUR FITNESS
Why: It’s hard to beat the party atmosphere of this high-intensity cardio class. Zumba gets you moving and grooving to salsa, merengue and other energetic music. You get so busy learning the moves and partying to the music that you don’t have time to get bored or bogged down counting reps. It’s also a great way to get in shape — just ask celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Emma Watson who’ve both jumped on the trend.
How: Got a game console? Try Zumba Fitness Core ($39.99 at GameStop), which is available for the Xbox and Wii and offers a huge variety of songs and dance styles to get you toned and trim.
Extra: Look the part with a figure-flattering, 100 percent cotton Flair Long Sleeve Top ($30 at Zumba.com).
IF YOU CRAVE AN INTENSE WORKOUT
Why: It works. This series of workouts, created by trainer Tony Horton, has sold more than 3.5 million copies and has celebs Pink, Sheryl Crow and Jennie Garth raving. If you’re ready to commit time and sweat, you can have a body to die for under Horton’s tutelage. His routines create “muscle confusion,” so your body won’t plateau — and you won’t be able to coast for a second.
How: Order the 12-disc P90X Extreme Home Fitness DVD Program ($109.99 at Newegg.com) and prepare to discover muscles you didn’t even know you had.
Extra: Portable and versatile, the B-Lines Resistance Bands Extreme Kit ($39.95 at Beachbody) will make your workouts that much more effective.
IF YOU WANT TO BE LEAN AND LITHE
Do: Ballet — kicked up a notch!
Why: I’m not talking a few plies here and there. I’m talking about a more modern approach that merges ballet techniques with other practices to sculpt a dancer’s body.
How: On the Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled DVD ($8.99 at Amazon), dancer Andrea Rogers use ballet, Pilates, yoga and traditional moves for a workout that builds strength, tones and gets your heart moving. Over at Leah Sarago Fitness, you can pick up the newly released Ballet Body Signature Series Volume 4: Total Body ($14.99) to sleekify and elongate your body from head to toe.
Extra: Dancers have known about Discount Dance Supply for ages. There, you can score all sorts of professional-quality gear at great prices. A good basic is the Theatricals Adult Pinch Front Tank Leotard ($15.50), which allows your body to move and stay cool while doing your routine.
IF YOU’RE IN GREAT SHAPE AND WANT TO TAKE THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Do: Tabata-style training
Why: Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training that pushes you to your absolute maximum for 20 seconds, lets you briefly recover for 10, and then asks you to do it again, eight times in total. Originally developed for Japanese Olympic athletes, studies have shown one four-minute Tabata exercise can be more of a fat-burner than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout. Impressive, but not for the novice, as you’re going to be asked to push your body well past what it’s used to. Actress Kyra Sedgwick was quoted saying, “It’s the hardest exercise you’ll ever do in your life.”
How: In Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn ($19.99 at Amy Dixon Fitness), trainer Amy Dixon has her viewers sweating, gasping and looking fabulous — in minutes.
Extra: Flexible and supportive, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 ($109.99 at CrossFit HQ Store) is a great pick for athletes. Bonus: The shoes look awesome.
IF YOU CAN’T STICK WITH ANY FITNESS REGIMEN
Do: Group Training, in which you hit the gym with a small group and a personal trainer.
Why: You’ll get more of your trainer’s attention than you would standing in the middle of a crowded class, but you’ll save cash compared with a one-on-one session.
Plus, you’re accountable to a group and have committed to paying whether you show up or not, so you’ll make it to your appointment — without blowing it off to watch that last DVR’d episode of Homeland.
How: If you already belong to a gym, ask if it offers group training.
Extra: Get a versatile Nike Women’s Lightweight Jersey Full-Zip Hoodie ($48 at Sports Authority). This is perfect for when you’re first warming up and again when you’re done with your cooldown.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Do: Hula hooping
Why: In Betty Hoops classes, instructors combine yoga with hula hooping, making for a fun, admittedly slightly quirky way of whittling your waist and keeping your heart rate up.
How: Pick up The Collapsible Betty Hoop & Tote & 4 Rhythm DVD ($62 at BettyHoops.com). You can also get Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program ($10.85 at Amazon) that includes a book and DVD showing you how to burn up to 600 calories an hour.
Extra: Score a striped Power Hoop ($29.99 at HoopGirl.com).
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LOW-IMPACT EXERCISE
Do: Water aerobics
Why: Gentle on joints but a great way to tone up, since water offers more resistance than air.
How: Obviously, you’ll need access to a pool, so check out your local Y or gym to see if they offer classes. If not, get pointers from the Aquatic Fitness Instructional DVD ($19 at Amazon.com).
Extra: Make your workout more challenging with a pair of Speedo Aquatic Fitness Gloves ($16.95, available at SwimOutlet.com). Add a good-quality, flattering suit like this Muscle Back Logo one by Speedo ($78).
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