Reaching your goals is all about making a commitment to get there – but it should be fun too! With the support of your Herbalife Member, a balanced healthy diet and regular exercise, you can make 2016 the year your goals become reality. The key? Finding a workout you enjoy. Read on to discover 3 new activities to add to this year’s workout regime they’re fun, effective and can be tackled by everyone, whatever your fitness level!
HEAD TO THE BARRE
If elegance, poise and the long lean limbs of a dancer’s physique are what you’re after, head to a barre class. As explained by fitness expert Samantha Clayton, “This style of training is made up of traditional moves modified to suit all levels. A ballet barre is used as a prop to help you balance while doing exercises using isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles), combined with high reps of movements with a small range of motion.” This highly effective workout “seamlessly combines gentle body-weight strength movements with flexibility and coordination.” The slow and purposeful muscular movements help in gaining muscular control and core stability.
HIT THE BIKE
Cycling is a low-impact exercise that can be tailored to your fitness goals and interests. Take your pick from a stationary bike at home or in the gym, or try a spin class (often highly energetic with loud music and a definite fun factor). Alternatively, take to two wheels and enjoy the chance to explore the great outdoors, or use it as your daily commute by cycling to or from work. All are great for burning calories, building muscle, challenging your endurance and improving overall fitness. “There are endless possibilities to progress or regress a bike workout in order to elicit a desired response from your body; such as varying the distance, speed or resistance level,” explains Clayton. “You can do interval-style training on the bike too, and it’s excellent for both elite athletes and beginners.”
BEAT THE BOXER
Want a workout that burns calories and releases stress? It’s time to give boxing a try! Strong muscles, a lean physique and the ability to move quickly come as standard for boxers – and there’s a reason. “Boxing is great because you can truly test your cardio-respiratory system, build strength and improve your coordination, all at once,” says Clayton. With moves that promote fat-burning as well as toning up the arms, core and thighs, boxing is a full-body workout that, once you know the moves, can be done anywhere, any time. You can find Samantha’s guide to her favourite boxing moves, as well as how to do them and the benefits of this workout, by visiting the Healthy Living pages on www.herbalife.co.uk.
Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.