Finding the right activity for you
It’s nearly 2015, you’re about to be bombarded with ‘new year, new you’ messages but hate jogging and the very idea of the gym brings you out in a cold sweat. So what do you do?
If you want to get fitter and perhaps slimmer, too, there are plenty of alternatives which don’t involve an Insanity workout, bootcamp or Tough Mudder run. The main thing, of course, is to find something you enjoy doing or your resolve will soon evaporate.
Walking is hugely underestimated as a form of exercise and trekking uphill is, in fact, one of the top five exercises for burning fat and toning lower body muscles. Think Melton Country Park, Burrough Hill, Tofts Hill, Stathern, or Bradgate Park and enjoy our beautiful (and free!) countryside.
If you’re more of a homebird you can workout to a fitness DVD. With professional instruction, fun choreography and motivating music, this kind of aerobic exercise is an alternative to those who find jogging boring or a gym class intimidating. Gardening burns more calories than you might think, too.
Resistance training is a great way to get a full body workout and you’ll be amazed at just how many exercises you can do with just a band, ring, Swiss ball, hula hoop, speed rope or pair of dumbbells. Come and check out our Fitness Mad range for inspiration.
If you like dance Zumba could be the thing for you to let loose and get a workout. If you’d rather be outside get on your bike – great for building muscle and burning calories – or meet up with friends at one of Melton’s multi-use games areas or parks for football, basketball or even a simple game of Frisbee.
For a low impact cardio exercise it’s hard to beat swimming, a fabulous sport for your heart health.
For strengthening your core, improving your flexibility and giving you a sense of calm try yoga or pilates. There are plenty of classes around and all you need is a mat and some comfortable clothing. Take a look at our limited edition screen printed mats and stylish PureLime clothing range in sizes 10 to 24.
Badminton is a great sport for all ages and Melton is well served for with four main clubs and others meeting weekly for more social games.
Finally, if you fancy something a little bit more explosive why not try kickboxing? From Muay Thai to modern forms of karate, there are numerous styles to choose from but the results are the same – weight loss, better health and improved cardio fitness.
For more information pop into the shop and pick up some of the many flyers we keep or to find a club click on ‘local links’ tab.
Now, where are my trainers . . .
NOTE: Many of the exercise methods mentioned here can cater for people with health issues (but do see your
doctor if you have concerns). A good instructor will want to know about any problems you have, so make sure to tell yours if you have any conditions that might affect your ability to undertake certain exercises. You can find out more at www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness