One of the oldest stereotypes out there about fitness is that you've gotta be sweating buckets
in order to accomplish anything at the gym. It's the reason so many of
us fall into the same trap over and over again of hopping on the
elliptical and thinking we're going to see a miraculous change in our
shape from doing just cardio. Sure, we need cardio, but getting
truly fit is about more than that. But not necessarily in a
heart-pumping, towel-soaking way!
By incorporating some sweat-free (or, okay, minimally sweaty) workouts
into your routine, you can get even better results. Here, five routines
you've gotta try that burn your muscles while keeping you relatively
Ballet-style barre workouts - While I can attest that I do not walk out of the barre classes
I've taken dripping sweat like I do when I do grueling, running,
lifting circuits with my trainer, the one-hour workout -- which
incorporates traditional ballet moves with touches of Pilates and yoga
-- is incredibly intense and leaves your muscles "quaking," strong, and
Yoga - There are some who will scoff about yoga being good for weight loss, but you definitely burn calories in less intense classes -- like Hatha, Iyengar, or Kripalu
-- while holding muscle-tightening poses like plank. Not to mention
that getting your namaste on offers serious stress-relief, which lends
itself to results on the scale.
Pilates - There's a reason it's so popular, and
Pilates poses have found their way into a slew of other types of
workouts. Zeroing in on core stabilization does wonders for the whole
body, plus, hello, washboard abs!
Swimming - With summer on its way, jumping in the
pool will be even easier for most of us. Lap swimming, water aerobics,
or even water jogging are all super-fun forms of summery, sweat-free
Short bursts of exercise - Squeezing in the research-recommended three minutes here, three minutes there won't be enough to work up a sweat, but could still have a slimming effect!
What sweat-free fitness routine are you doing or would you want to try?