Keeping activity alive in the autumn

Keeping activity alive in the autumn

Just because autumn is here, don’t go cold on the idea of going to the gym. Maintaining motivation to exercise can be challenging for the best of us. But as the days get shorter and darker our inclination to stay indoors more can have profound effects on our health. So here are some reminders of why you should stay firm to the workout habit...

Every minute counts

Are you the sort that thinks “I can’t work out for an hour so there’s no point in working out at all”? You’re not alone. Many people believe that they need to do a ‘proper session’ of exercise to reap the benefits. But a new study shows that every minute of movement counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise we are meant to have each week. The University of Utah research published this month shows that each minute spent performing some moderate – intense physical activity is linked with lower BMI and reduced weight. This advice is in stark contrast with the current NHS guidelines which recommends activity to be in at least 10 minute bouts in order to be effective.

The point is, you don’t need to worry just because you’ve missed a longer workout session, due to work commitments, family stuff, illness or whatever. We’re all human and it seems our body is designed so incredibly well that none of our efforts are wasted. So when you have one of those weeks when there is simply no time to spare for your usual workout, don’t give it all up. If you’re that pushed for time, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and do a quick floor workout. Press ups, planks, lunges and sit ups will set you up for the day feeling better. Just do whatever short bouts of exercise you can, and the gym will welcome you back to its treadmills and spinning classes whenever you can get there.

New classes are emerging

This year has seen a lot of exciting new classes come to our UK gyms. So if you’ve not been to the gym for a while, or usually stick to your standard routine, discover what you’re missing and brighten up your workouts. And remember, our pay as you go passes are the ideal way to try out a new gym class at a time convenient to you without any membership fees.

  • Ugi. This high intensity, short-duration class from Canada uses a 15cm exercise ball to build strength, endurance and core stability.
  • CXWORX. Not for the faint-hearted, this 30-minute workout burns around 230 calories while tightening and training your core to its max in the shortest amount of time.
  • Aqua Zumba. If you love Zumba and enjoy swimming, you will probably be a fan of this dance fitness programme which is making a real splash this year. Great fun for everyone, and particularly good for people who don’t want to stress their joints.
  • Core-Tex. Responding to customer demands for technologically-advanced workouts, this 20-minute training programme pushes participants to the limit. Using a platform which moves in all directions, every muscle in the body is forced to work in order to keep balance as various exercises are performed, including squats and press-ups.

 

Gyms want to help you

 Don’t let shorter days mean you push the gym visit to the back burner. We know some days are simply too busy, but don’t forget many gyms are now open early morning through until late evening, some even 24 hours a day. Use our search facility to find a local gym near your home or work with flexible opening hours to suit you. If you know you’re going to have a busy week decide exactly when you will workout, and stick to it.

Gyms are eagerly responding to our busy lifestyles. Many now offer shorter workouts such as 30 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes which claim to offer the maximum results in the shortest amount of time.  Only got 20 minutes to spare? Head for the exercise bike, treadmill or cross trainer and give it all you’ve got! Our 1 month and 3 month passes make it easier for quick gym visits whenever it suits you, for however long.

Remember the consequences of inactivity...

You don’t need reminding that exercise is good for you. But sometimes it doesn’t do any harm to repeat the alarming facts of what happens if you let it slip. Basically, inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety. And don’t forget the psychological feed-good effects you experience after a workout.  If that’s still not enough reason for you to get the gym during the autumn, perhaps you’d better consider hibernating instead!

 

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