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|2 Jan|4 mins

Fun ways to kick-start your NY fitness resolutions

These five non-gym workout ideas will get you sweating in no time.
Lucy E Cousins
2 Jan
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Feeling a little uninspired about your gym membership, can’t be bothered to go for a run or just not that in to fitness? No problem! We’ve found the New Year’s resolution for you. Repeat after us: “This year I will shake up my exercise routine.”

According to personal trainer Tegan Haining, doing the same fitness class week in and week out isn’t actually that good for us anyway. (She’s trained David Beckham so she knows what she’s talking about.)

“Changing up your fitness routine keeps your body moving in new ways,” she explains, “which helps your metabolism and also keeps you feeling inspired, motivated and happy.”

Sounds good? That’s what we thought. So here are five ways to get fit that don’t involve weights, squats or burpees.

Bouldering

Usually relegated to the corner of a rock climbing gym, bouldering is now taking centre stage, with bouldering-only studios popping up in most capital cities. Bouldering involves tackling short routes without a harness or ropes, and as each route has ‘problem spots’ you’ll need to overcome, you’ll get a great physical and mental workout at the same time. Expect a stronger core, better posture, and stronger, leaner muscles. Say hello to your new flat stomach!

Freestyle dancing

You know the saying, ‘Dance like no one’s watching’? Well, at No Lights, No Lycra you can do just that because you’ll be literally dancing in the dark. Established in Melbourne nine years ago, NLNL’s hour-long freestyle dance sessions (with the lights turned off) have now gone global with classes held everywhere from London to Toronto. You’ll get a great cardio workout (depending on how hard you groove), plus it’s an effective way to release stress and tension.

Obstacle training

It seems everyone is obsessed with obstacle training lately, and with good reason. It’s fun, challenging and uses just about every muscle in your body. So if you were one of the thousands of Aussies that loved Australian Ninja Warrior, you’re in luck because you can now sign up to train like a Ninja Warrior at gyms all around Australia. You’ll build up your upper-body strength, have better balance and up the ante on your cardio fitness too.

Long-distance walks

Training for an endurance race is a motivating way to get fit, but not everyone wants to run a marathon. Luckily there is an alternative. Coastrek is a 30km or 60km group walk along the beautiful Australian coastline (choose from Sydney, Melbourne or the Sunshine Coast). Sign up with a bunch of friends, start training and help raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a win-win.

Hula hooping

Yes, we’re talking hula hooping, you read that right. Hula hooping is a great way to boost your cardio fitness, tone your waist and calm your mind, and it’s having a resurgence! You can find adult hula hooping classes in most cities, or you can log on to Hula Hoops Australia to find free classes and online courses. Also, it’s an easy workout to do at home in front of the TV… We can't say no to that.

Advice
|2 Jan|4 mins

Fun ways to kick-start your NY fitness resolutions

These five non-gym workout ideas will get you sweating in no time.
Lucy E Cousins
2 Jan
Share:

Feeling a little uninspired about your gym membership, can’t be bothered to go for a run or just not that in to fitness? No problem! We’ve found the New Year’s resolution for you. Repeat after us: “This year I will shake up my exercise routine.”

According to personal trainer Tegan Haining, doing the same fitness class week in and week out isn’t actually that good for us anyway. (She’s trained David Beckham so she knows what she’s talking about.)

“Changing up your fitness routine keeps your body moving in new ways,” she explains, “which helps your metabolism and also keeps you feeling inspired, motivated and happy.”

Sounds good? That’s what we thought. So here are five ways to get fit that don’t involve weights, squats or burpees.

Bouldering

Usually relegated to the corner of a rock climbing gym, bouldering is now taking centre stage, with bouldering-only studios popping up in most capital cities. Bouldering involves tackling short routes without a harness or ropes, and as each route has ‘problem spots’ you’ll need to overcome, you’ll get a great physical and mental workout at the same time. Expect a stronger core, better posture, and stronger, leaner muscles. Say hello to your new flat stomach!

Freestyle dancing

You know the saying, ‘Dance like no one’s watching’? Well, at No Lights, No Lycra you can do just that because you’ll be literally dancing in the dark. Established in Melbourne nine years ago, NLNL’s hour-long freestyle dance sessions (with the lights turned off) have now gone global with classes held everywhere from London to Toronto. You’ll get a great cardio workout (depending on how hard you groove), plus it’s an effective way to release stress and tension.

Obstacle training

It seems everyone is obsessed with obstacle training lately, and with good reason. It’s fun, challenging and uses just about every muscle in your body. So if you were one of the thousands of Aussies that loved Australian Ninja Warrior, you’re in luck because you can now sign up to train like a Ninja Warrior at gyms all around Australia. You’ll build up your upper-body strength, have better balance and up the ante on your cardio fitness too.

Long-distance walks

Training for an endurance race is a motivating way to get fit, but not everyone wants to run a marathon. Luckily there is an alternative. Coastrek is a 30km or 60km group walk along the beautiful Australian coastline (choose from Sydney, Melbourne or the Sunshine Coast). Sign up with a bunch of friends, start training and help raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a win-win.

Hula hooping

Yes, we’re talking hula hooping, you read that right. Hula hooping is a great way to boost your cardio fitness, tone your waist and calm your mind, and it’s having a resurgence! You can find adult hula hooping classes in most cities, or you can log on to Hula Hoops Australia to find free classes and online courses. Also, it’s an easy workout to do at home in front of the TV… We can't say no to that.

Lucy E Cousins
Writer
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