The exercise revolution
There is a mini exercise revolution underway, which aims to offer an alternative to traditional classes and activities to try to encourage more people to be physically active. With experts saying that we should be exercising five times a week for at least 30 minutes, but with online polls and surveys showing that up to 80% of the population fail to meet this target, finding an activity that you really enjoy is the key to getting active on a regular basis.
In celebration of today – which is official ‘national gardening exercise day’ – we take a look at some innovative ways to exercise that are taking the country by storm.
Clubbercise is ingenious. They say it ‘brings a night out to your workout’, and it really does! The lights are low, everyone dresses in funky neon clothes and you wave glow sticks around in the dark to some pretty fantastic tracks. It’s the perfect activity if you are a bit shy or if you are worried about co-ordination as the simple routines are all in the dark - so you won’t feel silly if you go wrong! Find out more about your local Clubbercise class, and discover a truly fun way to work out.
- Power lifting
According to an online survey in Hampshire, power lifting classes are becoming more and more popular, and demand for women-only classes now outstrips supply. Granted it’s not for everyone, but it’s a brilliant way to combine cardio with toning and strength exercises and it’s certainly not as scary as it sounds. If you thought power lifting was just for men, think again.
- Bye bye bootcamps, hello HASfit
Bootcamps are so 2014. Online polls put them as one of the ‘must do’ ways to work out back then, and they were popping up everywhere for people to burn calories in one intense session. However, for those looking to save money, there are alternative ways to do intense workouts in the comfort of your own home. HASfit is a fantastic FREE site offering a huge selection of workouts which can be done at home. It’s not a new site, or a new way to exercise, but Coach Kozak’s firm but fair approach to getting fit is accessible and pretty timeless.
- Pyjama pilates
There are a wealth of YouTube videos showing you how to do pilates at home but this one, Pyjama Pilates, is great. With a bit of willpower and some space on the floor (or garden) this is ideal for those who don’t want to spend money on classes. Here’s another idea – like yoga but want to save some time and cash? Many yoga instructors now offer private classes, so gather a group of friends and create your own class at home, which is more convenient and may well save you money.
- London life
If you live in London, there is a huge choice of new fitness classes out there. With everything from fitness ‘bars’ to sand bag sequences, this London roundup has some top suggestions.
- Get running
Running is really in at the moment, and for good reason. It’s free, gives you a feeling of freedom and you need no special equipment (bar your basic outfit and decent trainers). If you’re worried about pounding the tarmac, why not join a local running club? With support and no chance of getting lost en route, it’s a great way to get out and meet new people whilst getting fit.
- Self defence
Karate was huge in the 90s (possibly thanks to the Power Rangers), but seemed to become less popular in the noughties. Well, self defence classes are on the up and, according to online surveys, there is a big rise in the number of free classes available. As well as being a great all-round way to exercise, it can do wonders for self-confidence. Find your local martial arts class here and check out your local Facebook groups for free sessions.
If you are one of the 80% who, like the survey, feel they don’t exercise enough then now is your chance. With light mornings and evenings, spring is a great time to spring into action. Take a friend if you’re worried about trying something new, and don’t worry about trying as many classes as you can until you find ‘the one’ for you. Exercise is essential, but it truly can be fun too.
Have you tried a great new class? Started something new that you really love? Share your stories on our Facebook page and don’t forget to have your say in our latest paid survey at Opinion Outpost!