5 Different Ways To Get In Shape
The Green Gym
Improve your mental health, self-esteem and confidence as well as relieving stress, improving strength and feeling fitter whilst learning about your local environment and ways to improve it. What more could you get out of a workout?
A session may include some fork jumps, bicep spade curls, weed pulls, wheelbarrow walks and pot lifts. No experience is necessary, a leader will explain how to use the tools safely and give a warm-up and cool-down.
There are free Green Gyms right across the country and if there is not one near you, then why not start a new one and get your local community involved as well.
As well as providing a mental challenge, climbing provides a great physical one by improving your cardiovascular capacity, total body muscle strength and tone while also aiding in weight loss.
You can start off on small indoor climbing walls and progress right up to free climbing like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible…well maybe.
To find your closest climbing wall…
Skipping and Hula Hooping
Skipping is a full body workout, which also improves your coordination and balance. You can burn as many calories in a shorter time whilst skipping than running. And you can work with others in the middle of a large rope taking it in turns to rest and turn it. Some people even do press-ups in the middle!
To tone up your stomach and bum, hula hooping provides a fantastic abs workout as well as a cardiovascular one too. If it sounds a little monotonous you can speed up and slow down in interval type sessions, hoop in different positions and move on the spot, or if you are really keen, (and live on a street with at least 2-m wide pavements) go out for a walk at the same time.
Once you have mastered the hoop around the waist you can include smaller ones on the wrists and ankles for arm and leg tone.
Everywhere. To the station, to work, to the shops, and back again. The faster and further you go, the fitter and more exercise you will get and the lower your carbon footprint will be. Find some interesting walkways near you get out to the countryside and make a whole day or weekend of it and wander through parks, commons, woodlands, canal and riverside paths and heritage trails.
If a rally in tennis goes something like; serve, reply, hit in to the net, serve again, reply over the fence, then try the slower lingering flight of a shuttlecock regardless of how hard you hit it in badminton. Unlike the floating shuttlecock, playing is fast and energetic, requiring a large range of movements that can improve balance and coordination, core strength, and muscle strength through lunging, leaping, twisting, turning and shoulder rotation as well as speed and stamina. Plus it can be hilariously funny!
To find your nearest club…
Or go to your local sports centre for court hire.