Looking to break a sweat? When you’re getting in shape, nothing beats a good old-fashioned sweat fest. But you don’t need to run on a treadmill for hours on end to get a sweaty workout. Here are our picks for the workouts that will have you sweating in no time.
Ready for a little friendly competition? We’re in peak flag football season, so grab some friends and head down to the park for an afternoon game of football (or basketball, or soccer, depending on your particular skill set and what sports equipment you can rustle up). One thing: don’t forget your reusable water bottle. When you’re playing sports, you’re alternating between sprinting and recovery — so you’re basically engaging in interval training, which gets you sweating in no time. Add in a little competitive spirit and you’ll definitely need to rehydrate in between plays.
For the kind of sweat that gets out all the toxins you’ve built up since Memorial Day weekend, give Bikram yoga a shot. You’ll move through a series of 26 poses in 90 minutes. The kicker? You’re in a room heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re a beginner, make sure you hydrate before, during, and after the class (a vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle will keep your drink icy cold even in the hottest studio). Also, don’t be shy about just laying down if the intensity gets to be too much for you; you should also talk to your doctor to get the go-ahead before starting any new workout regimen.
Cycling is a great workout that’s low in impact but high in intensity. Most studios pair energetic, motivational instructors with loud music that gets your heart and your ear drums pumping for a full-on party atmosphere. You’ll mix sprints with “climbing” hills (read: ramping up the resistance on the wheel) for a workout that will leave you drenched in sweat. Pro tip: choose a water bottle with a straw so you can hydrate quickly without missing a beat (or spilling on yourself).
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, and in this style of workout, you’ll mix short bursts of activity with active recovery time. For example, you may sprint on a treadmill for 30 seconds and recover for 30 seconds. The advantage of these workouts is that you’re going all out while you’re in activity mode, so your heart rate spikes and you end up burning a lot of calories.
A different kind of “hit” workout (see what we did there?). This total-body workout typically alternates between “rounds” of 2-3 minutes doing various boxing combinations and a 1-minute active recovery where your instructor might have you do body-weight squats, crunches, or a boxer’s shuffle. Plus, there’s always a new combination to practice, so you won’t get bored during this workout.
Ready to work out? Grab your reusable water bottle and hit the gym!