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Getting Active is a great way to stay motivated

If you fancy taking up a new hobby, like the idea of working out with others, or think you’d benefit from having a regular structured fitness routine, then its time to discover exercises that can help you get active today! 

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Which Exercises Are Right For Me?

Question sets around Exercising. These are created by Wellbeing365 and selected from a pool of Q&A’s on exercising to guide you on your next steps.

What is cross-country running?

Cross-country running is where teams or groups of people run in a race outside, running over different natural terrains such as, grass or mud. This is an effective and convenient way to get active and stay in shape. 

What is the best fitness exercise for beginners?

Walking is a great place to start, you can take this at your own pace whether this be a leisurely stroll or brisk walk. This in time could turn into a run or be incorporated into other workouts.

What are the best exercise classes?

Spin Class.
Zumba Class.
CrossFit.
Barre Class.
Orange Theory Fitness OTF.
Hot Yoga.
Lagree Fitness (Formerly Lagree Pilates)
Cardio Kickboxing Class.

What accessible workouts are best for toning?

The Best Workouts If You Just Want to Tone Up
Squat jumps
Swimming.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
Pilates. Pilates can help strengthen your core.
Cardio dance. If you want to have fun while you tone up, try cardio dance.
Yoga. Yoga class can build serious arm strength.

Why are group workouts better?

Exercise is great for mental health; Research has shown that it can lower stress, improve mood and even decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. But new research finds that a group exercise class may be even better for your mental wellbeing than a solo sweat session.

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Whether you think you’re a gym beginner or an exercise expert, our free guides will provide you with fitness tips, including exercise ideas and discovering the best fitness classes and exercise classes for you.

How to get active

Step 1

Research exercises and decide on which ones appeal to you to start on journey to getting active. 

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Step 2

Try out exercises that appeal to you personally

Step 3

Take action and try to stick to an exercise routine. Are you ready to get active?

Exercise – Getting active

Being active is so important and holds so many benefits for your overall health. Being active will improve your fitness, boost your mood and make you stronger. There are so many different activites you can participate in to positively influence your activity levels ranging from running to stretching. 

There are lots of different exercises for you to choose from, but they generally fall into two main categories: aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Aerobic classes are fast-paced and strenuous enough to speed up your breathing and heart rate, helping you to burn fat and lose weight. Muscle-strengthening or resistance exercises tend to be lower impact and help you build up power, strength and flexibility.

Here are some of the most popular and easily accesible activities:  

Walking is a fantastic exercise that can be done at anytime and anywhere. You could go for a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk. It is also a great way to get some fresh air and vitamin D.

Aerobics is set to music and involves movements that work on all areas of your body, raising your heart rate. Aerobics can be done at home by creating a sequence of exercises and putting them together, this is popular amongst people of all ages and fitness levels. 

Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories and add exercise into your day. Rather than taking the lift at work or whilst shopping, take the stairs instead. According to the NHS stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging and helps improve cardiovascular fitness.

Open water swimming is the activity of swimming in open water such as lakes or the sea. Safety should aways be considered when perfomring open water swimming. 

 

Skipping is a great way to get active and can be done at anytime and anywhere, all you need is a skipping rope. On average a person can burn around 200 calories per 15 minutes of skipping. It can also benefit your lung and heart fitness.

Cross-country running helps you get active and stay in shape. It helps improve lung capacity and can be a great way to meet new people and create a sense of teamwork.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which means workouts are made up of short bursts of exercise with intermittent periods of rest. HIIT workouts are very efficient, so they’re great if you don’t have a lot of time. Plus, you can get started with no equipment and the constant change of pace will be sure to keep you motivated.  

Dancing is a fun and uplifting activity that can help you get active. Turn up your radio and start having a dance, this is gaurunteed to uplift your mood and boost your cognitive performance.

Zumba is an aerobics-focused class inspired by Latin American dancing. Zumba is enjoyed by a wide variety of ages and abilities, who love the fast-pace, upbeat music and being in a large group. 

Pilates is a flow of small, controlled movements with the aim to strengthen the whole body, tighten, tone and stretch muscles, particularly in your core. Pilates is good for improving general fitness and wellbeing as it can help to relieve stress and tension. All you need to get started is a mat. Pilates is enjoyed by people of all ages as classes can vary in intensity depending on your level of ability and fitness. Pilates can help you maintain a healthy weight but would need to be combined with some aerobic activities and a healthy diet in order to help you burn fat. 

Yoga focuses on breath control, flexibility, coordination and balance to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Like Pilates, it too can help you improve your strength, balance, flexibility and posture. However, the two methods are different, with yoga placing more emphasis on static poses, relaxation and meditation. Classic yoga does not require any equipment but there are many different styles of yoga which vary in technique.There is yoga for every age group and fitness level and there is some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress. Yoga workouts can be found online so that you can do it at home.

 There are so many ways to get active through acessible activites so don’t let not having a gym membership prevent you from getting active and reaching your goals!

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