Winter is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can pack away your running shoes! Try some of these hot new ways to get fit and stay healthy (and avoid the winter spread while you’re at it).
Trail running is a massive trend at the moment, and with good reason. Our beautiful summer climate means you have an incentive to exercise, and organised events will usually guarantee a scenic route and destination. The rocky terrain means you are stimulated physically and mentally while you move, all with the added benefit of fresh air and vitamin D.
It’s been around for a while, and the convenience of Bodytec training is causing it to spike in popularity. The avatar-like equipment uses technology based around electro muscle stimulation (EMS), which activates 90% of muscles simultaneously, reaching a much higher intensity than voluntary muscle movement. These impulses are combined with traditional low-impact exercises for an intense full-body workout. EMS makes this muscle activation a high intensity workout, meaning you are doing muscle strength and endurance exercise, not cardio. Dressing in the strange suit may take some getting used to, but many are attracted to this workout because it reduces your training time to a meagre 20 minutes.
This take on traditional yoga combines aspects of yoga, pilates, aerial arts and strength training. Designed to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility, aerial yoga is considered a total mind and body workout. The unique adaptation of moves means that some are easier than usual, while others are more difficult. The need to focus intently on balance as you move through each move makes it a more challenging workout overall.
This type of training merges the key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet and yoga to provide a low impact, full body strength workout. It comes with its own unique equipment that works your major muscle groups, whilst allowing you a free range of motion. The purpose of the training is to improve your coordination, flexibility and strength, without straining any muscles or aggravating injuries. This means you can exercise and improve your fitness far more gently than with other exercises.
They’ve been around for a while, and they’re more popular than ever this year. Since the broadcasting of shows like The Biggest Loser, people have become sold on the idea of a guaranteed transformation. Whilst it may appeal to those looking for a quick fix for weight loss, the reality of well-run challenges is that they do deliver results. First and foremost, challenges are competitions, and come with incentives to motivate you. The regular documenting and comparison of results keeps you accountable, and the concentration of efforts you put into your wellness shows quick results to boost your confidence.
Many people are turning to scheduled events when working out. Walking/ running/ cycling for charity is proving to be one of the most popular ways to keep fit, and offers a great combination of exercise and socialising while assisting a good cause. Events are great motivators, especially for those challenging themselves to train for a longer-distanced category. In addition to charity events, there is also a new initiative called “parkrun” on the rise. They schedule 5km-timed runs, where participants can enjoy a free run as a community.
Feeling motivated? Try some of these exercise trends and enjoy a healthy winter. Getting fit has never been so much fun!