So many people are put off regular exercise because they think their only options are the bog-standard options like jogging or cycling. If you’re one of them, this list is for you:
The latest trend sweeping through Europe this year seems to be aqua cycling; basically a spin class in a swimming pool. The water provides support and ensures low impact, but increases resistance that will lead to a harder workout.
Yoga is of course nothing new, it’s potentially one of the most popular forms of exercise around the world, and alterations to the classic are constantly popping up. With the combination of yoga and acrobatics, trust and co-ordination are vital to encompass the beauty (and safety) of the activity.
There are three roles involved; the base (often lying on their back, providing and stability), the flyer (being elevated and supported by the base), and the spotter (overlooking the manoeuvre to offer advice and ensure overall safety).
This is a great choice for couples who are looking for a new way to workout together.
Early morning raves are taking the US by storm; it’s a chance for people to enjoy a dance without the atmosphere of a sticky, alcohol-drenched club. Not only is it a great way to get energised at the start of the day, but it’s a fun way to include cardio into your weekly workout routine.
The company behind the craze, Daybreaker, does acknowledge the difficulty of getting people in the mood so early in the day but that doesn’t seem to affect its popularity. With 400-600 people turning up to each event, what started as a social experiment has turned into a worldwide phenomenon
Barre workouts started life in the mid 20th Century but has rapidly grown in popularity over the last few years. It's basically a dance-based fitness movement wil elements of pilates and yoga; workouts focused around strengthening.
One of our favourites, Barrecore, opened its doors in London and has become an essential part of the West London fitness culture. The presmise is to give people a new way to enjoy exercising while also focusing on the "core" elements of fitness.
Compared to some on this list, kegels don’t seem so unusual (or difficult!). It reminds us of the sheer amount of choice available to us. When kegels are made fun, you don't have to worry about getting bored after a few tries, so you know progress is possible.
Just because you’re not a fan of any of the more traditional forms of exercise, doesn’t mean you can’t find something you’ll love. For the latest in fitness news, we recommend visiting Welltodo London, it's definitely one of our top choices!
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