Whether you workout at the gym, in a class or outdoors, you may not always be able to get there. And when you can’t travel, these fun workouts from around the world are perfect.
Not being able to get to your workout can easily lead to laying around, ordering pizza and binge-watching Netflix. But what if there was a fun alternative? These at-home workouts from around the world are just that. They are the perfect way to keep fit and have some fun too, while “travelling” the world. And the great part is that you can do them on your own, with your significant other or with the whole family. So what are you waiting for, let’s get moving and shaking!
African Dance Cardio Workout, Sub Saharan Africa
Burn calories in a fun and motivating way with African beats. You’ll feel the energy with the music while exercising at home. This is a moderately difficult workout video, mainly focused on cardio. It lasts just 17 minutes so you’ll get a workout and you can easily fit it into your day. This workout is so much fun though that once you get the hang of it you won’t want it to end.
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Latin Dance Cardio Workout, Latin America
This workout is half an hour of pure cardio. Prepare yourself for a mix of great Latin sounds and dance moves that are energetic and fun. This fun workout involves no strength training and focuses solely on easy Latin-Hip-Hop dance steps. Besides being a great at-home workout, you’ll be getting in some extra dance lessons to wow your friends with the next time your out.
Flamenco Dance Cardio Workout, Spain
Difficulty: Very Easy
This 21-minute video is not only a fun way to workout, but you will also be learning basic Flamenco steps in the process. You may need a little coordination for this one but it is a really easy workout that is perfect even if you haven’t been working out for months. It is a great way to ease into a workout routine and is calmer and more relaxed than some other workouts. It is also a great recovery workout if you need something less taxing on your body.
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Taekwondo Kicking Workout, Korea
This workout is based on the popular Olympic martial art from the Korean peninsula. Taekwondo is a martial art that only allows you to kick your opponent. This short 10-minute video is easy to follow and is a low-intensity workout. The moves require some flexibility, but as with anything, practice makes perfect. I like this at-home workout video because it not only works your legs but it also gives you a great stretch in your thighs and lower back.
Krav Maga Fitness Workout, Israel
Krav Maga is a military martial art perfected by the Israeli defense force. It’s probably one of the most effective combat systems in the world. You can expect this training to be more intense as it lasts 30 minutes and incorporates cardio and core training. The main focus is on kicks and punches, but trust me, this at-home workout will have you sweating before you are finished.
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Bollywood Dance Workout, India
Have you seen those massive choreographed scenes in Indian films? Well if you haven’t, you should check them out on Youtube, they’re really impressive. This workout is basically one of those choreographies, the music, and the coach are awesome, you’ll really enjoy this 10-minute training. The main difficulty here is the coordination, just follow the people on the screen and have fun. It’s obviously easier if you’re a natural dancer, which I’m not.
Salsa Cardio Workout, Caribbean
Do you like salsa dancing? If you do, you’re going to love this workout. It actually doesn’t feel like a workout, it feels more like if you’re taking an actual salsa lesson. Just move your hips and feel the music. The video lasts for 21 minutes but you won’t suffer even a single one of them. The aim here is just to have fun doing the workout and learning some great new dance steps.
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Capoeira Workout, Brazil
Difficulty: A little hard
Capoeira is a crazy martial art from Brazil which curiously, doesn’t involve violence. Professionals are literally flying all over the place without even touching their opponent. Practicing this sport requires a lot of flexibility, agility, and strength. With this workout, you’ll only be doing the basics, however, there are a lot of squats and lunges involved which will give you an interesting workout. It is only a 10-minute workout and I found it a fun new way to experience at home training.
Muay Thai Workout, Thailand
I won’t lie, this one is hard and it is more for the moderately fit rather than the absolute beginner. But it is a good workout to aim for as it is a great way to strengthen your muscles. Muay Thai is most commonly used in Mixed Martial Arts. This workout was made by a professional fighter, so expect a good combination of movements that will work all the important muscles. You’ll be performing several kicks and punches. I love these types of at-home workouts as you don’t only burn calories and work up a sweat, but you also learn the basics of how to defend yourself if the need ever arises.
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Jiu-Jitsu Total Body Workout, Brazil
Difficulty: Very Hard
Like Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu is commonly used by MMA fighters and involves a lot of grappling. The origins of this martial art are Japanese, but it later migrated to Brazil where it became very popular. This workout is supposed to be for beginners, however, I was kind of sore after finishing it. You’ll train a lot of abs, shoulders, and biceps but the workout also incorporates cardio. This one is recommended for those that have trained before. Beginners and the lesser fit will probably find this one a little tough. If you find the fun in a challenge, then this is one of the workouts you will enjoy.
Tango Core Training, Argentina
Tango is, in my opinion, one of the classiest dancing styles in the world. The actual dance requires a lot of skill and practice. However, with this workout, you’ll be training all the muscles required for dancing the Tango. It’s not hard but you’ll be stretching and balancing a lot. It feels like a variation of Yoga actually. It’s only a 10-minute workout but it is a great and fun way to keep active at home.
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Tabata Workout, Japan
Tabata is a training system designed in Japan. The aim of Tabata is to improve your physical condition without the need for equipment. This 12-minute high-intensity workout is perfect for burning those extra calories in a short time. This fun, albeit difficult, workout is the perfect thing to get your heart rate up and your adrenaline pumping. I personally like this at home workout because it gives me a great burst of energy to help me get through a long day.
Wing Chun Workout, China
Have you watched Ip Man on Netflix? If you haven’t, it’s about a Chinese gentleman who practices Wing Chun during the war against the Japanese. Of course, Wing Chun is a martial art. In this workout, you’ll be practicing some of the main movements of Wing Chun, it’s very passive but you need some core strength and good balance. It only lasts for 5 minutes and is great for those looking to increase their overall fitness and core strength. If you are curious to know what Wing Chun looks like in action, check out Ip Man on Netflix.
Belly Dance Workout, Middle East
Let’s be honest, this is probably one of the most fun and exotic workouts you will ever try. Belly dancing doesn’t only look great but is a wonderful way to stay fit and loosen up tight hips. The wonderful thing about this fun workout is that anyone can do it, even if you have never worked out before. Just watch the screen, enjoy the music and dance as if no one is watching. You’ll be wanting more once the 30-minute video is done.
Now that you have a great selection of fun workouts from around the world, why not get started on them as soon as possible.