ENDLESS rounds of icecreams, yummy desserts, soft drinks and juices are the stuff that summers are made of. Result: Weight-addition! So, the next thing to do is to head to the nearest gym or get into a fitness regime. And, a number of different programmes are lined up to help you shed off those extra kilos — dancercise, kick-boxing, capoiera and lots of fun and frolic in water. According to Smita Patil, senior general manager (operations), of a wellknown fitness organisation, with more and more youngsters enrolling, the exercises have to be fast, jumpy and with good music.
The level of energy needed for these exercises is high, but that does not prevent the senior lot from trying them out. They are more than happy to rub shoulders with the youth, and sometimes have more energy than them. “I love going for dancercise or dance aerobics which is so much fun because it’s fast. I completely believe in my instructor,” says 57-year-old Suniti Chougule.
Another form of physical training which not only keeps your body in shape, but also teaches self defence is kick-boxing. A lot of corporate offices and software companies use it as well to improve the concentration of their employees. Anyone falling within the age-group of 14 years to 45 years can practise it. “It increases your stamina and helps you with your concentration. This can be really good for students in school,” says Ashok Golani, a kick boxing trainer who’s been in this business for 22 years.
Talking of yoga, Renu Mathani, a consultant physician and yoga therapist says, “We all get carried away by fancy names, but the emphasis of yoga is on the body and that’s where its importance lies. It makes you completely healthy — in mind, body and soul. The reason it’s called power yoga is not because of the speed, but because of the strength you build up. It’s loaded with techniques and is a perfect blend of body movements.” Sneha Barge, a student who swears by power yoga, says, “The strength that I got was unbeatable and moreover, it makes your body very flexible. We end the class with pranayam and meditation. It is really rejuvenating.” So, now that you have so many options to choose from, keeping that body in shape, even in the summer months, will not be too difficult.