Thinking about getting fit? Good! You should be. There are many ways for us to get stronger, fitter and, as a result, healthier. Most people immediately turn to a gym, but there are other things you can do. Here are four of my favourite ways to stay fit:
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Cycling is one the most basic forms of exercise, but it’s so good for you. I’d recommend cycling over running all day, because it’s less harmful to your joints. The best thing is, there are so many ways you can use cycling to get fit. You can either cycle around on your own bike, or use an exercise bike at home/in the gym. There are also things called spin classes, which make great use of static spin bikes. They’re really hard work and you’ll be left sweating and hobbling around afterwards. That’s another good thing about cycling; it really targets your legs that a lot of people sometimes neglect. Plus, interval training on a bike is a fantastic way to up your endurance and fitness levels.
We’ve spoken a lot about CrossFit on this site – and with good reason! I still maintain that CrossFit is one of the best ways for someone to get fit and stay fit. It’s the ultimate blend of strength and conditioning. It combines strength training, with cardiovascular endurance. To put it simply, you will get strong, and your fitness will improve. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to be an expert, or a really fit person, to try it. There are beginners CrossFit classes for regular people looking to start out and get fit. Then, the more you go and the more you improve, you can move into more advanced classes.
There are lots of sports you can play that are great for getting you fit. But, in my opinion, tennis is one of the best. Professional tennis players essential run a marathon distance every match they play. But, they run it as a combination of lots of little sprints. It’s a very stop-start sport that requires great endurance and fitness. If you start playing tennis, you’ll soon find your overall fitness will improve dramatically. Plus, every match is a full-body workout. You use your legs, core, upper body – everything! Using all these combined muscle groups means you’ll burn lots of calories every time you play.
With so many martial arts out there, it would be wrong for me just to pick one. With martial arts training, you’re getting the complete package. You not only learn to increase your strength but also control and use it too! Plus, martial arts experts are some of the fittest people on the planet. The training you go through is very intense, so be ready for it. Like with CrossFit, there are beginners classes to get people started off in. But, with martial arts, you have to earn your progress to higher levels. Typically, progress is determined by the colour of your ‘belt’. Most martial artists want to try and achieve the black belt, which is the highest level there is.