Antidote to footy fever
The World Cup is upon us once again - and football fever has gripped the nation. All this sport may have inspired you to get active, but if football isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to get fit - and they don’t involve grass stains.
Dancing is a great way to work lots of muscles, get your heart rate up and have fun at the same time. There are many different types - ballroom, ballet, street dance to name a few - so there’s bound to be something to suit you. Aside from physical benefits, some studies have shown that the combination of physical exercise, creativity and memorising a routine makes dance ideal for keeping your mind fit as well.
If you want an all over workout, swimming could be the choice for you. It’s good for the cardiovascular system, improves joint mobility and strengthens muscles. Don’t worry if you can’t swim, adult lessons can be found all over the country. If you’re feeling more adventurous, then join one of many wild swimming clubs across the country that organise swims in open water such as lakes and rivers.
Cycling is the third most popular recreational activity in the UK - which isn’t surprising, as it gives you a great aerobic workout, is low impact on joints and can be sociable. Depending on your weight, you can burn as many as 650 calories from an hour’s cycling.
If you fancy a racquet sport, but have no experience, then badminton might be the ideal choice. The shuttlecock moves relatively slowly through the air, meaning you don’t need a high level of skill or fitness to get started. You can play in singles or doubles, but either way it means you can meet people whilst you get fit. An hour of badminton will burn over 300 calories.
5. Exercising at home
If all this seems like too much effort, then the good news is that you don’t even need to leave the house to get active. Skipping and hula hooping are effective cardio workouts you can do at home, or you can try one of these ten minute workouts to get your exercise quota done for the day. There are also dozens of fitness DVDs you can try, including aerobics, yoga and pilates. Or just grab some tins from the cupboard, and use them as arm weights to tone your upper body.