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Twelve Days of Fitness

At this time of year, it can be hard to find the motivation to fit some exercise in. Especially when holiday-mode sets in and all you want to do is curl up in front of the telly with a blanket. Well, maybe your aversion to exercise isn’t just due to the cold weather. It’s possible that you are just a bit bored of your current exercise regime.

Well, that’s why we’ve put together twelve suggestions of new sports that you can try out to get you back in the swing this festive season.

  1. Pilates
    If you are looking to improve your strength and stability, with a key focus on your core, then Pilates is the workout for you. Originally invented by Joseph Pilates to help rehabilitate bed-bound patients, Pilates is a very low-intensity, low-impact workout which is a great choice if you’re struggling to get your head in the game.

  2. Ice skating
    What better way to get fit this festive season than with a spot of ice skating. There are plenty of pop-ups this time of year that you can try, or you could head over to your local year-round ice rink for more skating activities. Ice skating improves your flexibility and balance as well as strength, and it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a cardiovascular workout.

  3. Swimming
    We know the cold weather makes you want to pile the layers on, not strip off to just a swimsuit, but once you’re in the pool, you won’t notice or care. Swimming is generally considered a full body workout, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a viable option for everyone. In fact, quite the opposite: the water allows for less strain on the joints so it’s a great exercise for older people or those who need to take it a little more carefully, and, if you are looking to up the ante, you could try open world swimming (when the weather gets a bit nicer)!

  4. Dancing
    This is probably something you’re doing naturally at all of those Christmas parties, so why not learn how to do it properly? With so many choices for dance classes, you will easily find one to suit you and you may even make some new friends in the process.

  5. Rollerblading
    Have you ever felt like walking is just too simple Simon? Well, rollerblading could be the one for you! You’ll get around quicker than walking, but you’ll gain from similar health benefits. This activity may take a little longer to master, but it will have you smiling in no time. Just make sure to keep an eye out in case the roads and pavements are icy.

  6. Tai Chi
    Tai Chi is a martial art that combines deep breathing with flowing movements. Depending on which form of Tai Chi you choose, this exercise can really help you to feel relaxed. There’s not been very many studies on the health benefits of Tai Chi yet, but one study found that it helped those over 65 to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

  7. Badminton
    The festive season is a great time to catch up with friends, so why not invite everyone to a badminton game? The shuttlecock in a badminton game generally moves a bit slower than a tennis ball, so it can be easier for newbies to pick it up. Plus, you’ll all get lots of exercise running around the court to hit it!

  8. Water Aerobics
    Similar to swimming, water aerobics can be a low-intensity workout. The water holds a lot of your weight which means it’s a great exercise for anyone overweight as it allows you to do much more than you could out of the water. Since water aerobics is usually taken as a class, you’ll also get the support of a group environment.

  9. Yoga
    If you are looking for an activity that’s all about flexibility and stability but still low-impact, then yoga is perfect for you. In contrast to Pilates, yoga is generally considered more spiritual which means that both your mind and body will get a workout with this one.

  10. Table Tennis
    A classic package holiday activity, table tennis can be as relaxed or as intense as you like. It would most likely be classed as a medium-intensity workout. See if you can keep a rally going first, then move into a match.

  11. DVD Workout
    Let’s face it, we’ve probably all got one of these laying around somewhere. Most likely, you’ve not thought about it for years, but now could be the perfect time to try something different and dig it out. If you won’t brave the cold at this time of the year, then a living room workout is perfect for you.

  12. Country Walk
    Whilst the weather at this time of year can often be dire, it can also be absolutely beautiful. Pop your walking boots on and get out for a walk in the gorgeous countryside on a cold, crisp morning. You’ll deserve that warming hot chocolate afterwards!

Well, there you go. Twelve fun, new ways to spice up your exercise regime over the winter period. Do you have any suggestions for interesting ways to exercise? Please share them with us in the comments!

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