Summer is officially here! It’s time to add an extra workout or two to my weekly workout routine. Even though I work out to get my beach-body ready, I (like most others) tend to indulge in several “unhealthy” food options, especially while vacationing at summer destinations. But thanks to several health clubs, I keep being reminded on how important it is to look good for the summer. And, it is to no surprise that several health clubs have even targeted the Hispanic community by introducing Hispanic-inspired workouts and dietary supplements to get us into their gyms!
A few inspired Hispanic workouts that health clubs have included into their classes are:
ZUMBA – combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some bollywood and belly dance moves
SALSAROBICS – a unique cardiovascular Latin dance workout based on Caribbean and tropical Latin dance rhythms. Salsarobics combines cha-cha, meringue and salsa
THE MAMBO COMBO – is a combination of a mambo dance step with directional marches to increase the intensity of the dance move
CAPOEIRA – is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music
To compliment your workout, you can also grab a licuado at selected gyms. A licuado is a blend of milk, fruit and ice, this drink provides an energy boost before exercise or serves as a refresher after working out.
Other health clubs have partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association to offer free health screenings. Health clubs have even begun to bring in former Mexican National soccer players to engage with members and participate in interactive activities.
I hope you are all ready for summer by working out with some of these alternative workouts. If none of these appeal to you, stick to the best workout of all: free weights and a licuado.
The following guest blogpost is by Steve Nunez, Marketing coordinator for La Opinion.