If you’ve made it into February and are still keeping your exercise regime up, then well done, we applaud you. If, however, you’ve hit a slump, as we have, then maybe it’s time for some inspiration. We’ve been talking at the office and realised that some people prefer specific workouts more than others. The list below might help you figure out what camp you sit in and maybe give you an extra boost to get back to exercising again.
Ideal for those that hate lifting weights and like to get away from the world for a bit. Many cardio devotees sing the praises for its meditative benefits, and many boast slim waistlines and mammoth lung capacities. There are many options for cardio such as running, cycling, rowing, swimming, the list goes on.
While it used to conjure up images of bodybuilders and meatheads, lifting weights has become more and more popular over the last few years. Lifting weights doesn’t mean you’ll get big or bulk up unless you want to. What it means is you’ll get stronger, burn some fat, boost your metabolism and boost your confidence. If you would like to get ripped, then lifting weights is for you. Just look at Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Still, if you want to get lean and strong, then lifting weights is also for you. Look at Brie Larson, for example.
Short on time but want to get fit? HIIT could be your answer. Short for high-intensity interval training, it consists of short bursts of intense exercise followed by short rest periods for several rounds. For example, you could sprint as fast as possible for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. Alternatively, you could perform kettlebell swings for 40 seconds and rest for 20 seconds and repeat as many times as possible. There is almost an infinite number of HIIT workouts you can do, and the bonus is not only will you be done quickly, but you can also burn fat, raise your metabolic rate, reduce heart rate and blood pressure and build muscle.
Yoga is excellent for those who want a workout but don’t want something overly intense and has become increasingly popular over the years. While gym lovers may scoff at the idea of yoga as a workout, it can be a lot harder than you think. There are also many benefits associated with yoga, including improving flexibility, balance and strength, managing stress, relieving anxiety, reducing inflammation and reducing pain such as arthritis and back pain.
For those with a competitive edge, it’s worth remembering that sport may be your hobby, but it can act as a workout too. Although darts and snooker may not work up much of a sweat, participating in sports such as football, rugby, tennis, hockey, squash, surfing etc., will all provide a cardio workout and work various muscle groups. For those who love socialising, sport is a great way to meet more people and keep fit.