There are so many different types of fitness classes and health programs to choose from these days. And there are also so many things to consider when trying to find the right one for yourself.
Ultimately, the best class for your personality depends a lot on your goals and what you want to get out of your time. However, below are some of the most popular options around today to get you thinking about what you may or may not want to do.
One of the biggest benefits of CrossFit and clubs like it is the comradery and sense of community. It takes the best aspects from a number of different fitness approaches and brings them together in a space where you can enjoy weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, cardio, high-intensity interval training, sprinting, and more with a passionate group of people.
This one is great for people who love solo exercise but need the motivation that comes with a group class. Spin classes basically involve biking continuously on stationary bikes, usually with upbeat music and an instructor to lead your workout.
Kickboxing pairs practical self-defense with incredible muscle conditioning and fitness. It builds physical strength as well as confidence and mental resilience.
It’s important to note that there are classes focused more on cardio while others will be more aimed at improving practical techniques such as punching, kicking and defense during sparring sessions with other individuals.
Yoga is a great way to recover, both physically and mentally, but there are varying levels of intensity that people sometimes don’t realise. Being great at Yoga is actually incredibly hard!
Pilates is a low impact exercise which involves movement that enhances flexibility, improves endurance, tone muscles, and strengthen the body’s torso.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise that improves mental and physical heath by practicing meditation, regulation of breathing, integrating posture. It can be described as mind, body and spirit practice.
Tai chi is a combination of gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. It strengthens both upper and lower body as well as core muscles of back and abdomen.
Zumba, which involves a group combining elements of salsa, mambo, hip hop, and other styles of dance, is great for people who want to have fun and laugh with others while exercising.
Barre incorporates movements from ballet into a group workout setting. Activities focus on improving your small muscle control, form, posture, and precision, which increases body awareness and can be a great way to improve your other workouts.
With international alcohol awareness week around the corner, it’s not a bad time to consider a full detox program that cuts out various harmful elements from your diet and lifestyle. This can include alcohol, but also coffee, sugar and salt if you need.
Various companies now offer a detox program, such as a “juice cleanse”, but the most effective approach is often to simply build your own program where you cut out the items that are specifically bad for you personally. This is also cheaper! And if you don’t want to do it alone, simply ask a friend to join you.
Signing up for a treatment program designed to address certain ailments or health issues can be extremely empowering. And it doesn’t need to be a solo activity if you find a partner to visit the same centre or clinic as you.
For instance, our London acupuncture treatment can be a regular slot in your weekly or monthly schedule and give you a moment to prioritise self-care and spend time building your health and well-being. We also offer several other treatments and bodywork therapies that can be combined to build a more holistic fitness and health plan!