9 ways to revitalise your fitness regime
Bored with weights and jogging? Looking to shake up your fitness routine and try something new? Check out our picks of the 9 most exciting new fitness activities taking place in gyms and green spaces across the UK.
More relaxed yet as effective as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is low-intensity interval training. LIIT is low impact and less frenetic than HIIT but delivers many of the same health benefits over a 45-minute period. Sessions are made up of low-intensity intervals with longer periods of rest. In addition, there’s low-impact steady-state cardio (LISS) where you can opt for a slow jog or swim and still reap the benefits.
Great for older people, those new to exercise or coming back from injury.
You can burn up to 400 calories in this 30-minute group rowing class. Tune into a ‘motivational playlist’ while working as a team through a series of rowing, intervals and gym-floor moves. It’s low impact, works the whole body and you’ll also learn more about rowing technique.
Great for music-loving gym goers and those tired of the usual fitness class offerings.
FloatFit is a 30-minute high-intensity interval-training workout on water that works the whole body. Using a floating exercise mat to balance, you will work through low-impact HIIT exercises such as squats, lunges, burpees, mountain climbers and yoga-inspired moves. The instability of the mat works your core and you can burn up to 400 calories per class.
Great for a cross-training option for active people.
This eco-friendly Swedish workout trend where people go running and pick up litter en route to help clean up the planet is growing in popularity in the UK. While enormously benefitting your community, the combination of running, bending and lifting will also help to work your core and improve arm strength. The fitness app Lifesum estimates 30 minutes of plogging will burn 288 calories. To find an event near you, take a look at @PloggingGB on Twitter
Great for everyone.
5. The Trip
Forget plain old spinning classes which offer no visual stimulation and think about signing up for The Trip instead. It’s a 40-minute virtual cycling workout in which you can immerse yourself in a range of digitally created worlds (via a wall-to-ceiling cinema-style digital screen) while listening to a playlist selected for each trip. This workout promises to burn serious calories and is billed as the future of fitness.
Great for spinning class regulars who fancy a change.
If you would like to get fit as a family, Prama is a great way to do it. Prama is held in a studio with pressure-sensitive flooring and walls and interactive lighting that guides you through the workouts. You will be required to run, skip, jump and lunge across the studio, chasing the bright lights to touch targets on the wall or floor. It’s a way to have fun while getting fit. Adult-only classes are available.
Great for families, and anyone looking for a fun workout.
If you want to shake up your swimming routine, Hydro could be just the ticket. It’s a fast-moving HIIT workout in the water that provides full body training with expert coaching. It will help you to build strength and endurance, while improving your technique. You can benefit from extensive poolside resources and training aids, and you’ll take on a range of speed and distance challenges during each 60-minute class, burning up to 600 calories in the process.
Great for keen swimmers looking for a challenge, or those training for an endurance event.
Founded by ex-international triathlete Charlotte Roach, Rabble aims to transform HIIT workouts into adrenaline-fuelled games in the great outdoors. Most importantly, it aims to make fitness fun and social. Games include British bulldog, capture the flag and dodgeball, and you could burn up to 800 calories and cover up to 8km in one game while increasing speed, agility, coordination, strength and endurance. Games are inclusive and open to all.
Great for everyone.
GoodGym is a growing community of runners who combine getting fit with making a positive difference to the lives of people in their communities. Members stop off on their runs to visit isolated older people or undertake physical tasks to help out community organisations. GoodGym is free, and always open to new members, of whatever fitness level. To take part in a group run, it recommends you should feel able to run for 15 minutes without stopping.
“We call the older people we visit our coaches because they help keep us motivated to run and they share their wisdom with us,” says founder Ivo Gormley, “Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. It’s important to remember these relationships aren’t one way. There is so much you can learn from people from a different generation. It can be really positive in both directions.”
Great for everyone.