Exercise can be fun – Try these!

When I think of exercise I often think of the gym or back to my school days and cross country, gym skirts, and having to get changed in front of loads of others. I didn’t exercise during my weight loss journey because when I started any forms of exercise I felt self conscious or didn’t enjoy it so I decided exercise wasn’t for me. As my regular readers will know I then did start running and enjoyed that a lot however due to illness at the moment I cant run either!

a close up photo in black and grey of a small trampoline

This got me thinking about exercise and if it can be fun so I started investigating and I am going to try out some new forms of exercise when I am well again. I thought I would share with you an some exercises and sports that you may discover you enjoy before, like me, being quick to assume all exercise is embarrassing and hard work!

I asked on my Facebook page this week what the first thing you think is when you hear the word exercise and whilst some of the comments were positive the majority were negative. Many echoed how I feel or have felt in the past about exercise and why I am determined to investigate more into different forms of exercise to see if I can find something I enjoy, other than the running.

Rebecca said “I wont be able to do it properly”, while Joann’s response was “hard work” and poor Donna said “hate it, too embarrassed to exercise”. I can completely understand these feelings and have thought all these and more at some time too. Hopefully upon reading this post some of you will find exercises you might enjoy.

Aerial Hoop – How to explain this…. it is basically doing exercises with a big hoop in the air! This picture will explain it better no doubt! One of my friends’ sister teaches it in Godalming if anyone is near there and considers it this is her site http://www.thefitnesshangout.co.uk

Lady in the air leaning through a large hoop

Pole Fitness – Now when I think of this I think of pole dancing and seedy clubs with leering old men but actually it looks like such a great form of exercise and such fun so I am rather tempted to give it a try! It is also taught by the lady above and here is a picture of the lovely Amy who blogs at Www.epsandamy.co.uk doing some pole fitness! I am not sure my balance would be good enough but I am thinking of giving it a go so if anyone in Nottinghamshire wants to show me!

a lady hanging upside down by her legs from a pole

Aerial Silks – This is another exercise which involves being up off the floor, I am not so sure about this it looks scary but it does look so fun all the same so maybe something that is worth a try! A blogger friend of mine has written a blog post with some photos about it which you can find here if you want to know more!

Hypopressive Exercise – This was a new one to me and I am not sure I can explain it well but click here for the Wikipedia definition! It is essentially using the way you breathe to improve your core. IT also can help apparently with your pelvic floor so as a mum who has occasional issues with that as I am sure many of my readers do too this sparked my interest! A blogger I know called Emma enjoys it and she is lovely so I cant imagine it must be too strange!

Powerhoop – Another hoop related exercise, Lindsay-Rose another blogger friend says that if you can’t hula hoop but have no acute injuries to stop you then these classes will get you hula hooping in no time! I am not sure she knows how uncoordinated I am and how many times I have tried hula hooping but I am tempted to give it a go as I have wanted to be able to hula hoop since I was a little girl!

Hula Hooping – If you can hula hoop then there is no need for a class I guess, Kelly does it for half an hour a day with her daughter! Here is a video of her and her daughter!

Trampolining – Clare from www.emmysmummy.com says that when the kids are in bed she goes on their trampoline which is great for legs, bums, and tums! So if you have kids with a trampoline and don’t want to pay for exercise classes or buy equipment then there you are, have a bounce when they are in bed! It probably wouldn’t be safe to do with the celebratory glass of wine after a hard day though! Or join a class like Cat who goes to Boogie Bounce. Cat does advise you remember the Tena Ladies though!

a close up black and grey photo of a small trampoline

Spinning – Exercise bikes are a little boring aren’t they! Spinning involves riding it to music with an instructor telling you what to do and not just sitting on the bike either! Sounds fun I think and Simone a blogger I know loves it and I have other friends who do it regularly too. I have never tried it though I suppose I should consider it!

Dancing – When I think of dancing my first thoughts are either a night out and dancing whilst drinking copious amounts of alcohol, or children dancing at classes like ballet. Emma from http://whataboutdance.com does various types of dancing like modern jive, and west coast swing and even blogs about it so if this is something that may interest you pop over for a read!

a couple dressed in black dancing

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – Kirsty, another blogger loves this and says it is great for those who want something that doesn’t take too long but is super effective. Just the name of it makes it sound scary to me but maybe it is just right for you?

two ladies on the beach in the sun with the sea behind them jumping in the air, legs wide and hands behind their heads

Body Pump – This is a weighted barbell workout set to current music and focuses on low weights and lots of reps to shape and tone the body. It sounds ok to me, I like the idea of repetition as I hate it when I finally grasp how to do something and the move then changes! Makes me feel like an idiot!

Body Combat – This is a martial arts inspired work out, again set to music and each track focusses on certain martial arts such as boxing, karate, Muay Thai etc. The main thing is to have fun and get sweaty!

Burlesque – My friend Emma does Burlesque, I was rather puzzled at first as I wasn’t really sure how this is a fitness activity but after looking more into it I can see it is. Essentially it is like stripping but without removing your clothes, seductive and fun dancing. Emma describes it as “awe inspiring, empowering and absolutely amazing”. She says it has literally changed her life and given her so much self confidence. It also focusses on toning and building core strength. The picture below is Emma ready for a Burlesque show! If you happen to be in the Mansfield/Chesterfield area the class Emma goes to is that popular it has an 18 month waiting list but can be found here along with how to see their next show! Members are all shapes and sizes so you don’t have to be a size 8, anyone can do it! I am definitely going to put my name on the waiting list!

Lady with blue heair and raunchy outfit made from black lace smiling in a dressing room full of clothes

Karate – Another blogger I chatted to Kelly says that they like to exercise as a family so Karate classes work well for them as they can all do it together! I love the idea of exercising as a family but I am not sure I would want Ben doing Karate he is strong enough as it is! Worth considering for the future though as it does look fun!

Anti-Gravity Yoga – I guess the name of it says it all, I am not sure I would trust anything that calls itself “anti-gravity” as to me that implies you need balance, something I really don’t have! Maybe it is for you though?

Kickboxing – Getting fit whilst learning self defence skills does sound very appealing so I am rather tempted by this. The picture below shows Danielle doing some kickboxing! I wonder how long it would be before I could do that because that does look pretty amazing!

Lady in the air in a kickboxing pose about a metre from the ground!

Body Balance – This sounds quite relaxing though I guess it cant be that relaxing or it wouldn’t be exercise! Lauren who blogs about scrapbooking so sounds a pretty down to earth person says that it is a class that combines yoga, pilates and tai-chi. The best bit is the relaxation and meditation at the end of the class! So maybe it is as relaxing as it sounds! Another one I may consider trying!

Zumba – This is a Latin American inspired workout which is dancing to music, there is also Zumba Gold which is usually chair based Zumba aimed at older people, the disabled or people who just prefer to do this lower based sitting down version but still have a workout. A friend of mine called Ruth runs some Zumba classes in the Mansfield area which can be found here. Ruth is fun and her classes are popular so she runs several classes throughout the week so none get too busy.

Red Warrior – Ruth also runs Red Warrior classes which are quite popular too and can also be found on the above link! Red Warrior is taught in rounds followed by short periods of active recovery and aims to challenge the mind and body simultaneously! Both men and women attend her classes and you can work out the part of your body you chose, you are in control. It sounds fun and not as scary as the name suggests! This video shows better than I can explain what Red Warrior is!

If you don’t fancy any of these ideas then here is a post I found with 30 easy ways to burn 100 calories that may be worth a try!


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1 Comment

  1. June 2, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Wow, there's quite a few I've not heard of before. Many thanks for including my dance blog and exercise.

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