So, as a New Year begins, many of us have a renewed commitment to improving our health and our physique. However, many people convince themselves they hate exercise before they’ve even tried it!
Whilst it’s a challenge to convince people of it, most of us may enjoy a types of exercise that we’ve perhaps never considered so if you’re struggling to remain sufficiently motivated to get up and run 5k before work or maintain regular attendance at a Zumba class, you might want to consider these alternatives:
We’ve rounded up the most common – and most despised – types of exercise and replaced them with some exciting alternatives.
Hate HIIT? Try Tabata
Tabata workouts are short bursts of intense exercise of about twenty seconds that many people will favour over a HIIT workout that can often last 45 minutes and puts joints under prolonged strain.
If you can’t commit to long classes several times a week, a Tabata workout is easily managed on a lunch break too!
Don’t fancy running? Hit the slopes
Whilst extremely popular, running is extremely challenging for alot of people. However, it isn’t the only form of cardiovascular exercise. Skiing is great fun, boosts overall happiness and, as an aerobic endurance activity, it’s a great way to burn fat and get fit!
Llandudno Ski Centre is open year-round, and provides amazing views from its mountainside location!
Self-conscious in the gym? YouTube is your friend
Lots of people treat exercise as a solitary, contemplative and meditative activity, while others feel totally uncomfortable working out in public. If you’ve got room at home, consider a YouTube home work out to get your body moving.
FitnessBlender is great place to start your YouTube work outs from, but you can find anything from dance classes to yoga if you search the website.
Bored by biking? Head to the hills
Long distance cycling just isn’t exciting enough for some people but Antur Stiniog in Blaenau Ffestiniog has some toe-curling downhill mountain biking trails that will get your heart rate up and fat burning.
Not for the faint of heart, a regular visit to this site is bound to bring out the daredevil in you.
Still unsure? Get out and try something new
If you’re struggling to find a form of exercise you enjoy, keep investigating. Bounce Below is a fantastic day out that will get you burning calories, and mine adventures in Cwm Penmachno and treetop challenges in Betws-Y-Coed are fantastic for improving strength.
Go out and explore your local area; there are so many amazing ways to get fit if you just think outside the box!