Sweat and hard work, if the idea of working out has never appealed and if the idea of running makes you run for the hills, then it’s time you were offered a fresh approach to fitness. Some ideas that while giving you the strength and flexibility you’re looking for won’t leave you gasping and grunting in the weights room of your local gym.
In this guide we give you some alternative fitness strategies that you might just fall in love with.
Not in bed or on the sofa but with some home fitness based workouts that will offer you great exercise without any fancy equipment or the need to pay expensive membership.
YouTube is your friend, here you’ll find everything from old fashioned aerobic training to videos on stretching properly, HIIT workouts, yoga and so much more. The beauty of working out at home is that you only need to try something once. With so many options on offer you can mix and match your regime with a different video every day.
Stretch for Strength
Not running, no weights but something altogether more holistic. We’re talking about Pilates. Developed by Joseph Pilates this system can be practised with or without equipment and focuses on strengthening your core and overall strength through deep breathing, flow and connected movements.
There are literally hundreds of ways you can access a Pilates class from home YouTube videos to community centre classes and specialist centres such as C2 Pilates.
The great thing about these exercises is that they can also be adapted to focus on any problems areas you have. So, for example, if you’re suffering with some lower back pain then Pilates will help strengthen your core and help your posture to help ease the ache.
Yoga too is another popular choice for its holistic outlook. Yoga very much focuses on increasing the flexibility of the body but like Pilates can be adapted to focus on your different needs.
Aside from feeling stronger and more flexible, both Yoga and Pilates are great for relaxing and winding down or starting your day in a gentle and energising way.
If you’re looking for low impact then why not take a dip in your local pool. You could do a few lengths to get you started or if you prefer a little more guided exercise then why not try out aqua aerobics. You won’t feel the thud of landing on your knees but rather feel graceful, smooth movements as you follow a series of cardio improving exercises. The water’s resistance adds to the difficulty but won’t feel as arduous as, say, a workout with weights.
Get creative and your health and fitness levels will see a slow but steady improvement as you focus on finding exercise you love. Feeling great shouldn’t be a major hassle or an unenjoyable experience so try out a few ideas and get your body feeling great and ready for the next set of challenges.