7 Fad Workouts You May Want to Reconsider

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fad workoutsThe number one New Year’s resolution this year is the same as it was last year and the year before and many years before that. The goal to lose weight or get in shape is a good one and there are a lot of options out there to help you accomplish your goal. But you have to be careful. There are a lot of fad workouts that actually can do more harm than good.

7 Fad Workouts You May Want to Reconsider

1- Pole Dancing-Yes, pole dancing takes a lot of balance, coordination and upper body strength, but it is also very risky and can cause many injuries and visits to the ER due to falls. It requires a lot of training and is not something to take up on a whim.

2- Yoga Mashups– it’s not enough to just do yoga these days, you have to do it in a heated room or on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of a lake. The idea is that it increases the intensity of the workout, but it comes with risk as well. Many people have passed out in hot yoga classes and there is risk of falling when using stand-up paddle boards.

3- Gas Mask Training-Usually reserved for training firefighters and the military, some exercise groups are wearing military grade gas masks while exercising. The idea is that decreasing oxygen flow helps train your body to work out in higher altitudes and intensifies your workout. But it could really cause problems when you deprive your body of much needed oxygen, especially while working out.

4- Backwards Running– Our bodies were not really meant to run backward. You could easily trip over something and fall or strain your neck looking behind you every few seconds.

5- Stiletto Workouts– Walking in stilettos is hard enough but working out in them could be hazardous. Not only are you prone to falls and injury, but stilettos also do not support the foot properly.

6- MOB Races– The premise of MOB races (mud, obstacles and beer) is to get couch potatoes off  the couch and up and moving. The problem is that these people have little to no training and really shouldn’t attempt workouts of this magnitude from the get go. After all, you don’t just jump off the couch and run a marathon. You have to train.

7-Stability Ball Standing– Stability balls have been used for decades to build core muscles, but now instead of using them while doing crunches, they are standing on them and doing things such as lifting weights. It doesn’t take a genius to see the problem with that.

The key is moderation. Anything taken to the extreme can bring a whole lot of risk and problems. If you use common sense when choosing your workouts, you should be okay. Remember it’s consistency that counts. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014.

For more info: http://www.today.com/health/fitness-fails-workouts-you-need-stop-doing-2014-2D11792111

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