5 ways to get fit this year
Which new fitness trends and shiny gadgets are really worth the sweat? Mumsnetters sort the effective stuff from the fluff
1. For rapid calorie burning: Spinning
What's the deal?Unlike the tedium of a stationary gym bike, spinning bikes are equipped with a weighted front flywheel that picks up speed as you pedal. You can turn the tension up or down to simulate steep hills or flat roads, and you'll burn around 500 calories in a 45 minute class. Because the thighs are such a large muscle group, they respond quickly to activity, increasing the muscle to fat ratio within your body - this ups your metabolic rate, helping you burn more fat overall. If you're returning to exercise, spin's a great option: there are no difficult moves to mess up, and as everyone starts and finishes together, no one is left at the back. Just bring a big water bottle, because things are about to get sweaty.
2. To save time and £££: Online classes
"At home I use FitnessBlender videos. These are free, fantastic for selecting how long you want to work, at what intensity, and with what equipment."
3. To tighten and tone: Bodypump
What's the deal?In this strength-training class you squat, curl and press while holding a barbell (a long, steel pole with weight plates at the end). Your instructor will take you through 10 tracks to warm you up, target individual muscle groups, and then cool you down. The Les Mills class is franchised to multiple gyms, so the moves and pop soundtrack (hello Uptown Funk) will be the same, wherever you are. Put off by the weights? Bodypump doesn't bulk you up. Instead, doing lots of repetitions with a light to medium load (your instructor will advise on numbers) helps define arms, firm bottoms and tighten your core - and you'll burn around 590 calories per session. Even if you're not fussed about aesthetics, it's still worth a try: weight bearing exercise can help reduce your osteoporosis risk by counteracting the age-related loss of bone density.
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4. For seasoned sweaters: Insanity
5. For extra <smugface>: Fitness trackers
Getting dodgy readings when pushing a buggy? The FitBit monitors arm movements, so try this: "I take mine off my wrist and attach it at my hip. So it's either secured through the belt loop of my jeans, or through the side of my knickers and tucked inside leggings. The readings are very accurate that way."
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Disclaimer: All the advice here is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult your GP if you are in any way concerned about your health.
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