First things first, this is not a blog that will try and persuade you to not eat chocolate this Easter. As Easter eggs and golden bunnies fill the supermarkets, this is the time of year when we all sit back and indulge and that’s ok – you’ve earned it. BUT, with summer around the corner, burning off the bank holiday should be next on your priority list. Here on the Hotcourses editorial desk, summer holiday diets are in full swing, so we have put our heads together to bring you the five best fitness courses to work off the weekend. Still not convinced? Did you know that half a 200g Lindt chocolate bunny is a tasty 540 calories on your waistline, and half a Cadbury’s Easter egg shell will add 260kcal to your daily intake? Even that innocent looking Crème Egg was 177 calories, so dig out those trainers and have a read of our five favourite fitness course ideas.
Most of us will have haunting memories of swimming lessons at school, but now we are all older and wiser, it could be time to reconsider diving back into the pool. Depending on how fast and hard you swim, you can burn between 400-800 calories in an hour, which is more than cycling or walking. What’s more, swimming is great for strengthening the lungs and heart and is a low impact form of exercise, so if you have problems with your bones or joints this could be the sport for you. Haven’t swum in years? With plenty of adult swimming classes up and down the country, there is no excuse to stay on the poolside this spring.
It’s safe to say we are self confessed yoga addicts over here at Hotcourses. Although you might not see the difference straight away, the health benefits of yoga really are endless. Improving your flexibility, yoga builds muscle strength, helps posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown and increases blood flow. Less about losing weight and more about connecting the body and mind, if you need a positive pick me up after the sugar high of the weekend, yoga is a good place to start.
The happy accident of the fitness world, since its inception in 2001 the world has been going mad for Zumba. The only party where you leave skinnier than you arrive, if you need the motivation of others and the infectious rhythm of Latin dance, Zumba is the class you have been waiting for. As you get swept up in the dance routines, you can easily burn between 800-1000 calories in an hour, so this is a great addition to your weight loss plan. However for those with two left feet, maybe think again.
A total body, high aerobic workout, if you haven’t tried a martial arts class you really should. A great stress buster, a martial arts workout uses every muscle in the body as you kick, punch and scream the pounds away. What’s more, unlike spending hours on the treadmill, martial arts exercises teach you all important self defence skills.
Although you might struggle to find a running course, we couldn’t leave this one off our list. Running is the go to for building strong bones, strengthening muscles and improving cardio fitness. Depending on your weight, running for an hour at a nine minute mile pace will burn between 650-1024 calories. Yet there are also loads of health benefits for this old school exercise routine; studies show running can defeat age-related mental decline and add years to your life span. Whether you choose to go solo or join a running club, start in the park or on a treadmill, dig out those trainers and get going.
So what are you waiting for? Get up off the sofa and get active. Or if this is too much to think about until after the bank holiday, just book your fitness course now and think about it later. You won’t regret it, we promise!
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.