October 2021


3 Retro Fitness Trends Worth Trying

Going high tech with your exercise routine might mean pedaling on a connected bike, working out virtually with a trainer, or using a smart watch to help get in shape.

But if you’d like something a little more old-school, you’re in luck. These exercise methods may have been all the rage in decades past, but they’re still solid sources of sweat today.

Move to the groove of Jazzercise

Launched in 1969, this high-energy class calls itself the “original dance party workout.” Moving to the music represents a fun way to burn calories and improve your health. And since it’s usually done in a group, it can make you feel more connected.

Over the years, Jazzercise has evolved beyond legwarmers, leotards, and ‘80s tunes. Current offerings include elements of other popular workouts, such as Pilates and kickboxing.

With locations all around the world, you’ll probably be able to find one near you. There’s also an on-demand, virtual option. Or, you could consider other types of dance fitness classes, such as Zumba or BODYJAM.

Catch the hoopla over hula hooping

These common childhood toys are also tried-and-true fitness tools. Depending on how you use them, you can burn 3 to 7 calories per minute with hula hoops.

Swiveling your hips also activates and strengthens muscles in your abs, back, and legs. One recent study found using weighted hoops for 6 weeks reduced abdominal fat and decreased levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Feel the joy of jumping rope

All it takes is a twist of the wrist and a soft landing before leaping again. This playground activity gets your heart pumping.

The benefits go beyond the physical—jumping rope improves your coordination. And learning new movement patterns strengthens pathways between your muscles and mind. This may help preserve your cognitive function, critical as you age.

Best of all, jump ropes are inexpensive and portable. You can use them at home, on the road, or just about anywhere.

Online Medical Reviewer: Brian McDonough, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Ray Turley, MSN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2021
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