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New exercise trends that you will love


There is always a new trend when it comes it getting fit. Some are great and long lasting; while others fade away as quickly as they appeared — prancercising anyone?

The great thing is that no matter which trend you try there are so many available options now that you are bound to fall in love with one.

Hot Yoga

Be ready to get your sweat on. The hot in hot yoga is no joke. This is a twist on traditional yoga, but takes place in a room where they crank up the heat, up to 105 degrees. The benefits of hot yoga are that it’s great for your joints and flexibility, no sharp or sudden movements. The heat helps you sweat more which is excellent for detoxing your body, it will also help you to relax and work on your breathing.


Spin is a group cycling class, although you can get a spin bike and do this at home as well. These classes are energizing and fun. With the right instructor you will almost feel like you are at a dance party and be motivated to push yourself a little further. The great thing about spin is that it’s for all levels. Start slow and steady and work your way up with resistance and tension. Spin is very low impact so it’s great for those with joint injuries that don’t want re-injure their knees, feet or ankles.


This is not your daughter’s ballet class. Barre classes are a mix of yoga, Pilates, strength training and, of course, ballet. The great thing is any fitness level can partake, no need to be a skilled ballerina. The series of small incremental movements add up to a compound effect of building muscle while keeping you lean.

Pole Class

This is one sounds a little more risqué but it’s safe. Yes, I am referring to pole dancing class, but this isn’t like the after-dark club you are picturing. It’s a safe place to really tone your body up, and increase your balance, coordination and posture all at the same time. Pole classes are taught by an instructor in their studio in small intimate groups. Many leave the class with increased flexibility, muscle tone and best of all a boost to their self-confidence.

Personal Trainer

If you aren’t sure where to start, a few sessions with a personal trainer is a great place. Your trainer will help customize a fitness plan to fit your current fitness level while assessing your goals. If a going to a jumbo gym isn’t your style, many trainers operate out of small boutique studios where you can schedule one-on-one or small group training sessions.

No matter your choice there is always a fitness solution to fit every “body." The only mistake you could make is assuming you aren’t fit enough to do any of these classes or feel too intimidated to go. Find a buddy and go get your spring fitness fling on.

Emily Countryman is a board certified health coach and owner of Ideal Wellness located at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104 in Smokey Point/Marysville She can be reached online at


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