The weather (and the light) this week has been inspirational, and the Spabreaks.com 10k team have been working hard towards their running goals … but you know what, sometimes you need to add a bit of variety into the fitness programme … here are some of the exercise alternatives that are helping us to get in shape!
Who? Product Executive, Danielle Deer
Where? I box with a personal trainer at the gym. He holds the pads and moves about and I have to hit them which means that you really have to concentrate and be active! I got into it because my boyfriend has always been a keen amateur, and I have stuck with it because it’s fun!
Why? Firstly, I enjoy it which makes it much easier to keep doing. It’s very active so it’s great for cardio, tones my arms and it also strengthens the core. Basically it’s a great full body workout but it’s fun as well so you barely realise that you’re exercising!
Top Tip: Go easy to begin with because you can sprain your wrists if you put too much into it; and if you’re doing pad work then make sure you have someone stronger than you holding them so that they can take the weight of your punches!
Who? Customer Services Manager, Cheryl Nelson
Where? At my local leisure centre.
Why? Swimming tones the whole body without putting pressure on the joints so you get less injuries but it still contributes to cardio fitness; plus, 30 minutes of swimming burns between 200-300 calories, and tones your arms at the same time! It’s great because it’s never too late to start swimming – it’s for all age groups!
Top Tip: Start by doing 30 minutes and then work your way up – swimming can be exhausting!
Who? Editor, Bonnie Friend
Where? I have been doing a mix of yoga at the gym and hot yoga at Feel Hot Yoga in St Albans which is completely addictive.
Why? I am one of those classically lazy exercisers – I run and then don’t stretch properly which means I am really inflexible and susceptible to injuries. Yoga is great for stretching out and building the core strength that is vital to support your body as you run (and generally for that matter).
Top Tip: Start with Hatha yoga to familiarise yourself with the stretches and movements before moving on to Hot Yoga … and enjoy it! That’s what yoga’s all about!
Who? Business Development Manager, Aaron Taylor
Where? At my local gym.
Why? Squash is a really intense, hour long work out, but it’s fun at the same time. It also adds a competitive edge to exercise which makes you push yourself that bit further!
Top Tip: Join a league – not all your friends will play or be free at the same times as you – a league gives you a few more options in terms of time and also means you get to test yourself against different people!
Who? Sales Consultant and Team Leader, Patrick Ukety
Where? In the park next to my house, which makes it really convenient and inexpensive!
Why? I like it because it is very active and fast paced – you can score points fast, so there is more action than some other sports … can you tell I’m competitive? … It’s really good for keeping fit because you are constantly running up and down the court – the only time you really stop to catch your breath is when you are subbed.
Top Tip: Make sure you stretch before you play because it is very easy to pull a muscle!
Who? Product Manager, Sarah Hill
Where? I walk in Green Hithe, Kent – there is a flat, 5k route with a lake view on one side, so I know how far I am going and that once I can do that twice as a run, I will have achieved my 10k target!
Why? It’s really nice to get outside for a bit as I am in an office or by the computer a lot of the time. The exercise is great because it’s building up my muscles, allowing me to understand how long 10k actually is, and getting me fit and toned in a manageable way. I can go at my own pace and taking in the fresh air in the morning kick starts my day and allows me to focus on being healthy!
Top Tip: Try to pick up the pace when you are out walking so that you are a little out of breath, and take your iPod with you!
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