In my opinion running is the best way to keep fit and if you can’t afford a gym membership it’s an inexpensive way too. I am now running on a daily basis and I am beginning to realise that I need to find other ways to keep fit in the future as my knees are crying out for me to get a new, knee-friendly sport.
With this in mind, I thought I’d highlight some of the other fitness methods that I intend to try after the London Marathon. (I am too far into my training regime to stop running now, not that I’ll ever stop completely).
1. Party workouts – I want to try this out as it sounds like fun! It is basically a cardio party where you can exercise in a fun atmosphere to upbeat music. It’s similar to a spinning class or an 80’s disco. I’d definitely join a gym or club for this one; it’d be weird to do this alone!
2. Short workouts – This is always a good idea for people with busy lives, like me. Disclaimer: a short workout doesn’t mean it is easy. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a powerful and intensive workout, similar to a threshold run. It should last no more than 30 minutes and all workouts need to do is alternate explosive bursts of tough exercise with short rest periods. I’d recommend trying out a Jillian Michaels DVD before trying this one out!
3. Strength Training – Thanks to Jessica Ennis I no longer have to feel like a man if I get involved in strength training. It’s always good to incorporate some form of strength training into a fitness regime as it helps to improve muscles strength. And Jess doesn’t look like a gladiator so it appears to be a good training option.
4. Bodyweight training – I hate the idea of lifting weights but according to the survey of new trends, bodyweight can be just as effective as dumbbells. Like running, bodyweight training can be done anywhere – the living room, office, or outside. It’s a simple combination of squats, press-ups, lunges and sit-ups!
So, which of the above do you fancy?