Try Bokwa , the newest dance-based fitness trend that's taking the world by storm
If you're looking for a fun fitness class that will offer a challenging but rewarding fitness regime, that too in a short period of time, Bokwa is your answer. A group exercise that's rapidly gaining popularity across the globe and giving Zumba a tough competition, this dance-based fitness routine combines the South African war dance Capoeira, along with kickboxing, light boxing, and steps with fancy footwork. Because of its lively, adrenaline-charged moves, it makes for an interesting option.
What's in the name: Conceptualised by LA-based fitness personality Paul Mavi, this South African aerobic dance activity derives its name from 'Bo' meaning boxing and 'Kwaito', an African word for a style of South African music and dance.
Do the Bokwa: All you need to do is draw English-language letters and numbers with your feet while performing an energizing cardio workout routine. For instance, draw an L, K, J or get your body to move like the number 3. Interestingly, due to its nature, this dance routine can be followed by people of all age groups. You can go all out and jazz it up with extra shimmies, hip bumps, or other freestyle moves. This simple, basic and sassy dance routine is more fun when you do it with your partner or with a group of people.
- Apart from burning up to 1,200 calories (in one session) and helping you lose weight, it promises to enhance muscular strength, flexibility and cardio respiratory endurance, which reduces the risk of a coronary heart disease. It can help you de-stress and deal with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and cognitive functions.
- Since the steps are structured and based on the forms of letters and numbers like L, 3, J, K etc you needn't count steps, like a traditional eight count followed by most dance-based fitness programs. You can freely move with the beat.
- Unlike other workouts, it has got a universal appeal because once you know the steps, you can do it on your, without the help of an instructor, no matter which part of the world you are. That too to your favourite international music!
Though it's a challenging workout, it has structured steps and so can be adjusted to any person's fitness level. From five-year-olds to 75-year-olds and even those with two left feet, anybody can do this workout.