I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit, but as I got older I seem to have found it harder to incorporate exercise into my weekly routine. With so many different sports and exercise classes nowadays, I am determined to get back into working out this year! Today I’ll be sharing 4 different sports to try out if like me, you want to try and incorporate more fitness into your life.
And if you currently practise any of these sports – I’d love your advice on starting out!
I have never been a good swimmer. Growing up, I did attend swimming lessons *let’s not mention the time I drowned in the swimming pool and had to get pulled back up by my swimming teacher* However, swimming is such a great way of keeping fit – even a leisurely swim can help tone your muscles and strengthen your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes. Brands such as Tyr do a great range of swimwear that not only looks great but is also designed to be comfortable and give you the freedom you require when swimming.
This may sound like a random one to try out – however badminton has been on my ‘sports I’d love to try’ list for years now (so it’s really about time I did something about it!). I played badminton for a couple of months one summer when I was much younger and having really enjoyed it, I have since always wanted to start playing it regularly! Badminton is a great way of improving your reflexes and agility whilst having fun. There are also lots of badminton clubs close to where I live, so I really have no excuse here!
One of the sports I really enjoyed when I was still at school was running, and I always looked forward to sports day just because I knew there would be lots of running involved! Joining a local running club can be a fun way of getting fit whilst making new friends – added to that, it’s so good for your heart, strengthens your joints and because when you run your brain pumps feel-good chemicals called endorphins throughout your body, you always end a run feeling grrrrrrreat!
I practised ballet for over 10 years of my life, and I noticed that my overall health and fitness was at its best during this time – so I don’t really know why I stopped! I was more energetic, flexible and had a much stronger core. I would love to join an adult ballet class or try out ballet-inspired fitness classes at Barrecore. If you’d love to try out a different type of dancing, you could consider zumba, or channel your inner Strictly Come Dancing and try out ballroom dancing!