15 December 23

5 effective workout routines to kickstart your fitness journey

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Looking to get back to fitness and want to feel great? January is the perfect time to kickstart your fitness journey and set yourself up for a healthy and active year ahead.

Let us help you get started with five effective workout routines that will energise your body, boost your mood and help you achieve your fitness goals.

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1. Strength training

Strength training is essential for building muscle, increasing bone density and boosting your metabolism. It doesn't necessarily mean lifting heavy weights; bodyweight exercises can be just as effective.

Incorporate exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and triceps dips into your routine. 

Aim for two to three sets of 10-15 repetitions for each exercise. Gradually increase the intensity as you become stronger and more comfortable with the movements.

You could also try one of our gym functional classes.


2. Yoga

Yoga combines strength, flexibility and mindfulness. It helps to improve posture, balance and overall body awareness.

Start with a beginner routine that focuses on basic poses such as downward dog, warrior poses and cobra. Or sign up for a yoga class with one of our expert instructors. 

Practicing yoga regularly will not only strengthen your body but also relax your mind.

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3. Cardiovascular exercise

Cardiovascular exercises are great for improving heart health, burning calories and boosting your mood.

Choose activities that you enjoy, such as running, cycling, swimming, dancing or brisk walking.

Mix it up by trying different activities throughout the week to keep things interesting and prevent boredom.

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4. Mind-Body workouts

In addition to physical fitness, don't forget about the importance of mental well-being. Mind-body workouts, such as pilates, combine physical movements with breathing techniques and mindfulness. They help to improve flexibility, core strength and overall body balance while promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels.

Incorporate a mind-body workout into your routine at least once a week to achieve a holistic approach to your fitness journey.


5. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)

If you really want to push yourself then try High-Intensity Interval Training! It’s a fantastic way to burn calories, improve cardiovascular fitness, and increase your metabolism. HIIT involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief recovery periods. 

Or a simple routine could include exercises such as jumping jacks, burpees, mountain climbers and high knees.

Start with a five-minute warm-up, then perform each exercise for 30 seconds with a 15 second rest in between.

Repeat the circuit three to four times for a quick and effective workout.

You could try one of our Les Mills classes, some of which are which are great for a HIIT workout.

Final thoughts

Start your fitness journey today! Remember, consistency is key, so find a routine that works for you and stick with it. Always listen to your body and progress at your own pace.

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