Getting in shape doesn’t have to be just another thing to tick off your to-do list. Here’re some fun ways to get fit – and you won’t even know you’re exercising.
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It may be time to swap your gym sweats for a coin belt and harem pants. Get fit by belly dancing!
Belly dancing has its roots in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and is one of the oldest forms of social dance. Emphasis is placed on movement of the abdomen, hips and torso. Not only will you discover muscles you never knew you had, but it’s also a great way to learn to love your body and show off your colourful, exotic side.
- Increases flexibility and dexterity
- Improves concentration and self-confidence
- Strengthens core muscles
- Prevents and relieves lower back problems
- Enhances self-expression
Pilates is a mind and body exercise regime developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates. It focuses on quality of movement rather than on repetitions. Better yet, it is a great form of exercise for young and old and even expectant moms. Start with a few individual lessons to get an assessment and learn the technique before moving on to group classes.
- Develops core strength
- Improves posture and spinal awareness
- Lowers stress levels
- Improves flexibility and balance
- Promotes greater mental wellbeing
- Prevents injury and pain
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Consider martial arts as a challenging way to get fit, learn self-defence and cultivate mental discipline. The martial arts vary widely from capoeira and taekwando to Muay Thai, karate, judo and more.
- Greater self-control and self-confidence
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Increased focus
- Builds strength
- Training in weaponry
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When most of us think of the word ‘yoga’ we are actually thinking of Hatha yoga, which involves a system of breathing exercises (pranayama), physical postures (asanas) and meditation. However, there are several forms of yoga. Through observation of our body and emotions, yoga enables us to get in touch with the needs of our body and mind and so live a more balanced life.
- Loosens joints
- Sharpens concentration
- Boosts energy levels and the immune system
- Releases tension
- Tones and strengthens muscles
- Improves flexibility, circulation and stamina
If you need someone to crack the whip to kick start your get fit routine, then consider enlisting in an outdoor boot camp fitness programme. But not to worry, you won’t be bellowed at or forced to do 100 push-ups for bad behaviour. The classes are fun and full of variety.
- Offers variety and fun
- Provides cross-training
- Increases strength and endurance
- Motivation from the group
- Fresh air