Whether you actually realize it or not, it is possible to get a workout in without drowning in your own sweat. While elevating your heart rate is the target, you don't have to overheat to reach it. So if you are trying to squeeze in a workout before heading to the office or out on a dinner date or you just plain hate sweating, there are options for you. What you should look for is low impact exercises or somatic exercises in which you won't be engaged in a lot of large movements.
"Somatic exercises are designed to relieve tension, stress, recover from injury and they also help people get out of all sorts of physical pain," says Holistic Health Advisor, Edward Barrera.
Whatever your reason for wanting to avoid a heavy duty sweaty workout, try one of these low-impact, highly-effective exercises to get in shape without leaving puddles.
"Pilates is a great option for women who hate to sweat or hate to spend extra time showering, blow-drying their hair and re-applying makeup after a workout," said Robin Long, creator of The Balanced Life. "You can hit up a Pilates class and then be on your way to lunch without feeling sticky and sweaty." Pilates helps increase strength, flexibility and posture. Plus, it is a killer core workout!
Based on ballet classes, barre workouts work your core area without using large movements. Barre workouts aim to create long, lean muscles without too much exertion or repetition.
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This type of yoga will help you work hard without overheating yourself. "With aerial yoga, you get the great stretching, balancing, and strengthening benefits of yoga without a drop of sweat," says Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, Amanda Dale.
Rebounding uses mini trampolines and bouncing exercises and is a blend of aerobic and muscle-strengthening moves. If you have troubles with balance, rebounding is great for building balance and stability.
"Sweating occurs when you start to move and your body heats up and needs to sweat in order to cool down," says bodybuilder and personal trainer, Dimitri Sonck. "Isometric exercises, by nature, involve static positions that will test your fitness limits but won't have you sweating profusely." If you do planks, squats or push-ups, you're already doing isometric exercises. Why not add some more?
For a really great cardio workout that won't leave you feeling warm, try ice skating. It doesn't matter if you skate laps of the rink, try some figure skating or play a little hockey, ice skating is a great cardio workout and does wonders for your legs and core while improving balance.
If you aren't on a time crunch, swimming is a great workout option. "The workouts can be strenuous, but the support of the water makes it feel as if it is not that difficult," says fitness specialist, Kim Evans. "With swimming, you get great range of motion, a good cardiovascular workout, and you stay cool in the pool."
So, do you find sweating to be a bit of a pain? What are your favourite sweat-free exercises? Sweating isn't all bad though. If you'd like to give getting sweaty a shot, check out SweatFlix℠. With SweatFlix℠ you'll have access to over 80 hours of on demand workouts! And with new content being added all the time, you'll always find something you like!
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