The advent of technology and the fast paced lifestyle of today means there is not much time for health and fitness. South Asians in general have four times greater risk of heart disease than the general population and have a much greater chance of having a heart attack before the age of 50. An alarming high number of South Asians also appear to be insulin resistant- a pre-diabetic condition in which the body does not process insulin efficiently. “Insulin-resistant patients have similar rates of cardiovascular events as those with full-blown diabetes which is alarming”, says Bharti Daswani, Physician Assistant and BollyX Instructor.

According to cardiologists at Stanford Hospital, heart disease has become an epidemic in the South Asian community in the Bay Area. Contributing causes include low levels of good cholesterol and lifestyle factors such as a high carbohydrate diet and lack of exercise. Another alarming fact is that the cardiovascular risk in South Asians appears to begin early- research has shown that even in infancy, children of South Asian heritage may have high levels of cholesterol and lipo proteins in their blood.

Getting your heart excited to workout is an important way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One needs to find a gym routine, group fitness class, or sport activity that keeps you moving and eager to return for more.

Many don’t know, but the best workout to improve heart health incorporates High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). One group fitness class recommended by fitness professionals and based on HIIT principles is BollyX – The Bollywood Workout. What is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)? HIIT is a workout format where one cycles between periods of intense effort and recovery periods. “If you are tired of doing the same boring 30-60 minute steady-state routine on a cardio machine and not seeing results, try a HIIT workout that involves alternating short bouts of high intensity (heart rate elevating) movements with a brief recovery period,” says group fitness expert & BollyX Master Trainer, Fen Tung. Health experts agree, this fitness format increases heart health. “Aerobic or cardiovascular training is designed to develop a healthier heart and circulatory system,” says Howard Knuttgen, research associate in physical medicine at Harvard- affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

If living a healthy lifestyle is a priority, then joining a fitness community is a great motivation to stay active.

What is BollyX? With a unique and inspiring Bollywood dance format, BollyX gets hearts pumping with hundreds of instructors in communities from coast to coast. Burning 500 – 800 calories per session, BollyX’s 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. Those that enjoy a desi-beat and want a great workout will have a hard time fi nding the perfect fi tness routine if they have not tried BollyX – The Bollywood Workout.

How can I join the BollyX Community? Try out a class in your area by visiting bollyx.com! There are weekly classes being held all over the Bay Area, including corporate facilities. You will experience a high intensity class with an awesome community outreach! You can also join the community for only $99 - learn to teach the Bollywood workout, become a certified instructor, and join a team of rockstars. Register today at www.bollyx.com/training. This special promotion rate ends July 31st, sign up today and get ready to unleash your inner rockstar!

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