There's a reason you still have that dog-eared teddy bear hiding in your wardrobe, and your mum still has that gross old lock of your hair squirreled away somewhere secret: It's called nostalgia.
This warm and glowy feeling, capable of making even the toughest of cookies misty-eyed, is a powerful motivator.
It's even strong enough to make us WANT to exercise. Say, whaaat?
Yep, that's right. Nostalgia and exercise have teamed up to bring you the best, most fun workouts this side of being a kid, and Auckland's gyms are on board.
In honour of all of the inner-five-year-olds out there, we've round up the best places in Auckland to get your nostalgic workout on.
Remember those spring-filled death traps we used to bounce on as kids? Well, they've had an upgrade in the last 15 years, and now it's a fitness thing, too. Because bouncing on a tramp is no longer the sole domain of children, and it's a darn good workout, there are special trampoline playgrounds springing up (pun alert) all over the place.
Grey Lynn’s Uptown Bounce has a whooole lot of interconnected trampolines (all with the safety cushioning around the edges), offers a medium to high-intensity, low-impact workout called Bounce Fitness that aims to tone muscle and improve coordination.
Jump in East Tamaki and Mairangi Bay have their own versions too—Jump.fit— where you can choose from three different targeted classes: start (an introduction class for beginners), cardio and cross. They also offer a four-week bootcamp for those who are serious about bouncing.
Straight from the playground to five locations across Auckland, it's hard to believe that this is actually a type of exercise. Okay, so there are weights in these hoops, which certainly ups the challenge level, but it's still a workout. Hooping targets all the core muscles, and will get your heart pumping before you even realise you've broken a sweat. Get your hoop on at a Powerhoop class, which, they say, could see you work off 420 calories!
Most aerial acrobats we've ever seen have rippling abs and uber toned arms, and you'll understand why when you try an aerial ribbons (a.k.a. aerial tissu) class. It's pretty challenging to start with, but well worth it because it works out your core, increases strength and flexibility, and even has a cardio element. Aracnation, The Dust Palace and Flow all run classes in some form of aerial exercise, for every skill level.
Roller Skating & Blading
Incidental fitness is our kind of thing, and it doesn't get much more incidental than rolling around a skating rink to get fit. ActivZone is open for both skaters and bladers alike. Their two-hour open sessions bring the party with lights, music and all the skating you can handle. You can hire everything you need there, or dust off your favourite skates, and roll away.
Basically a bootcamp for circus performers, the Flip N Fly classes make us want to run away to join the circus. There are two different one-and-a-half-hour classes: handstand and tumbling or aerial skills. It's a great way to kick-start a flailing fitness regime—while having fun at the same time! You’ll see us at Cirque du Soleil’s next auditions.
We gave aerial yoga a go! Click here to read about our experience.
Image credit: Bodil Lois