Was your new year’s resolution to get more active? You’re not alone! To give you a hand, we’ve looked into the latest fitness trends to help you get fit while having fun.
Going to group classes is a great way to get into the team spirit. Knowing you’re all in it together means you can all celebrate your achievements at the end of class – and it’s always more motivating to train with a friend.
These classes can range from aerobics, dance or spinning classes, with most gyms or studios offering a variety of classes to choose from. If you’d rather exercise at home, it’s also a great chance to grab a few friends, find an online exercise class on YouTube and create a gym in your living room.
Keeping track of how active we’re being can be a nice motivator – from seeing if you can push yourself just a bit further during your run to just feeling chuffed at how many steps you took yesterday.
With a bunch of different apps, watches and fitness trackers such as Fitbit out there, it’s no surprise that using wearable technology is a popular option.
Another fitness trend staying on the list this year is yoga. There are lots of different styles to try, such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, which are more active and dynamic, or Yin and Iyengar, which are more focussed on mediation and strength.
Most forms of yoga aren’t strenuous enough to count towards your 150 minutes of moderate activity as set out by government guidelines, but it does count as a strengthening exercise and helps to boost physical and mental wellbeing.
Being incredibly versatile, it also means that every so often new types pop up – anti-gravity yoga anyone?
If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, try HIIT, or high-intensity interval training. HIIT normally involves short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest and recovery – you can do with a number of different activities, such as swimming, running or cycling.
If you fancy trying out HIIT, it’s important to make sure that you’re exercising safely. Interval training can be hard work on the body and the heart, lungs and muscles, so if you’ve not exercised for a while, it’s probably best to get the all-clear from your GP beforehand.
Stay fit to help reduce your risk of breast cancer
Whether you try one of these activities, or find something else you love to do, remember being physically active for around 20 minutes a day can reduce your risk of breast cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, keeping active can be an important part of your recovery after treatment and can improve your mood and quality of life. Talk to your doctor about what they recommend. You can also find out more about keeping active after a diagnosis of breast cancer from Macmillan Cancer Support.