Group Fitness

What Group Fitness Options Are Available?

When you think of group fitness, many people think of several people dancing around a room in spandex and vibrant colors. While the 1980s may have introduced such styling, group fitness is a little different today. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the fun that’s on offer. Whatever group fitness activity you choose, you are bound to find it’s an excellent way in which to get fit and meet new people. Here are a few of the many options available.

Yoga

Yoga has been a favorite group fitness class for many years, with even small towns offering at least one group session for those who are interested. While you don’t get an intense workout, you do get physical, mental, and spiritual assistance that can help you in other aspects of your life. What’s more, there are various schools and practices such as Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Self Defence

Self-defence can be a valuable skill to learn, and one that’s readily available in many towns and cities. If you are looking to gain some rewarding self-protection skills to keep in the back of your mind, then you will find the group fitness options are endless. You can also find classes like BodyAttack and BodyCombat which focus on strength, agility, and speed. These can all help with being able to defend yourself in a dangerous situation.

Running

Running is an excellent form of cardio exercise, but it’s not one you have to do alone. While you may enjoy pounding the pavement with only yourself for company, other people prefer motivation and encouragement. Therefore, you are bound to find there are plenty of running and walking groups – both informal and formal near you.

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Burn Stomach Fat Fast

5 Exercises to Burn Stomach Fat Fast

Over the festive and holiday season, it’s natural to relax, have fun, and be jolly. However, some of us may have got just a little bit too jolly. If you’ve indulged in too much turkey and delectable desserts and your jeans aren’t thanking you for it, it might be time to consider exercising. If you’re strapped for time, but you want to burn stomach fat fast, consider any of these five exercises below.

  1. Crunches

Crunches aren’t as bad as they sound – and they most certainly don’t make you “crunch.” However, they are one of the best stomach fat burning exercises you can do at home for a reason. They work. You just need to lie on your floor, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Put your hands behind your head or crossed on your chest and lift your torso. As you raise your upper torso, you will begin to feel a burning sensation around your abdomen area and this an indication that your body is working hard.

Complete two or three sets of 10 per day and be sure to let all your effort go into your abdomen opposed to your neck or head. You can also try other variations such as a butterfly crunch, shoulder press with side crunch, and a crossover crunch with dumbbells.

  1. Bicycle

While this fat-burning exercise is called Bicycle, it doesn’t involve one! A bicycle exercise involves you lying on the ground with your hands behind your head. You then lift your legs, bending your knees and begin “pedaling” as you would on a cycle – e.g., your left knee forward and your right knee away followed by your right knee forward and your left knee away. The repetitive motion is beneficial for fat burning around your abdomen.

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Hiking in New Zealand

8 Tips for Hiking in New Zealand

New Zealand is great for a holiday destination from Australia because it is so close you don’t have to waste much time getting there.  That means you have more time to spend exploring the country and one of the best ways to do that is to go hiking.  Of course, you could travel to New Zealand by cruise liner if you are not in a hurry.

Here are some tips for hiking in New Zealand

  • Just because it is close to Australia, doesn’t mean the climate is the same. It’s much colder and wetter, with summer not really warming up until Christmas. Even then the weather is very changeable and people often claim there can be all four seasons experienced in one day. This means you have to be extra careful to wear warm clothing on hiking trips and make sure you have gloves, parka and rainwear.
  • Get the warmest sleeping bag available if you intend to go camping on your hike.
  • Since New Zealand is so wet – it rains for 185 days a year – never go anywhere without a rain hat and poncho. For hiking, add waterproof trousers and a waterproof backpack cover to keep your things dry, especially if you are going to camp in a tent.

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Exercises with No Equipment

Top Five Exercises with No Equipment

If you choose to purchase gym equipment or head to the gym to use theirs, you will benefit from an excellent workout. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a gym membership, and your home is too small for gym equipment, you’re not destined to a life as a couch potato. There are so many exercises you can be doing to improve your health and wellness without the need for equipment.

While equipment can, of course, add an extra challenging element to your workout, there’s no reason why you can’t rely on your own arms and legs to pave the way for a happier, healthier you Consider adding any of these five exercises to your equipment-less workout.

1. Burpee

When you hear audible groans when someone mentions the word ‘burpee,’ you know it’s going to be a good workout. Burpees not only help you to build lean muscle, but they can also strengthen your heart by enabling you to get your heart rate up.

Burpees are considered a full body training exercise, and they work out your abs, hamstrings, glutes, quads, and arms. You know you’ve had a good workout with burpees when you’re exhausted, your body feels like lead, and you’re delighted with your day’s exercise.

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Weight Loss

4 Best Natural Products to Help with Weight Loss

If you’re trying to move that excess weight but to no avail, then aside from diet and exercise, many different natural products can help. These products are widely available in most grocery stores and health shops, so there’s no need search the internet or brew up your own magical concoctions. Head to the store and gives these four natural products a try.

1. Matcha Green Tea
Along with regular diet and exercise, by adding Matcha green tea to your diet, you may notice significant results. In regular green tea, you find an antioxidant called EGCG which works by boosting your metabolism for faster weight loss. However, Matcha green tea – which is becoming more popular and common around the world – features more EGCG for even better results.

If you’re looking for Matcha green tea in your local supermarket but can’t find it, you might be looking for the wrong type. Unlike typical tea which is available as tea bags or loose leaf, Matcha green tea is a powder. This powdered form of tea has more nutrients than loose leaf tea or tea bags.

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Waist Trainer

Five Ways to Exercise While Wearing a Waist Trainer

Contrary to popular belief, wearing a waist trainer does not help you to lose weight. While it might flatten your stomach and accentuate your curves, you also have to adjust your lifestyle to see results. In essence, you also have to eat well and incorporate exercise.

However, as most people who wear waist trainers know, exercising (and even eating) while wearing a waist trainer can be challenging. In the beginning, they feel uncomfortable and unnatural, and it can take some getting used to. However, exercising while wearing a waist trainer can help you to achieve your goals. The key is just not to overdo it. Carrying out strenuous exercises while wearing a waist trainer can do more harm than good.

If you’re in need of a helping hand to get started on your exercise routine, we’ve included a few potential exercises below that you can do while wearing a waist trainer.

Star Jumps

To increase your heart rate and work out your entire body, star jumps, also known as jumping jacks, are a sound option. If you’re just beginning on your weight loss journey, you might like to start with sets of 10 or 20 or do them for a minute at a time, before increasing the time or number as time progresses. Due to the compression of a waist trainer, it’s crucial to be aware of your breathing. If you find that you’re struggling to breathe or are incredibly uncomfortable, stop what you are doing.


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Beat the Winter Blues

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Contrary to popular belief, winter blues isn’t just a case of feeling sad because the sun has gone away. It’s an actual condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it affects millions of people around the world. However, once you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, don’t be resigned to believing you will be sad or depressed throughout those colder months. By trying any of these tips below, you can fight your way through winter and prepare yourself for the warm, fun summer ahead.

Use Light Therapy
Light therapy is often recommended by doctors to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, among other conditions. This form of treatment involves sitting near a light box that lets off bright light akin to natural light. This process can help you to sleep better, reduce the effects of seasonal depression, and lift your mood. What’s more, you may begin to notice a change in your mood in as little as few days.

Exercise Outdoors
If light therapy is not something you believe would be beneficial for you, be sure to include exercise into your daily routine instead. Studies show that walking for one hour per day is as helpful as light therapy, and of course, helps you to get fit as well. Getting outdoors in daylight is going to be beneficial for your mood, and if you have a pet to walk, is good for them, as well.

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