We’ve all been there – it’s New Year’s Eve, the clock strikes midnight and you’ve made a New Years’ resolution that this is your year to get fit and healthy. If this sounds familiar, but you don’t know where to start or what kind of exercise to do, below are a few suggestions to help you kick start things. The exercises below require minimal equipment and are adaptable for most fitness levels.
Yoga is generally low impact and involves more dynamic stretching moves rather than ballistic exercises; this means it is great for those problematic joints such as knees, ankles and hips. It can be as strenuous or as easy as you desire with beginner yoga classes generally being suitable for someone with a low level of fitness. If you haven’t tried yoga before, you may want to attend a class at a yoga studio or your local gym. If you’re more familiar with yoga, there are plenty of great workouts available on DVD and YouTube that can be done at home.
Like yoga, swimming is low impact and can be a great cardiovascular workout for those with joint problems. Swimming is a great all-over body workout as it uses nearly all of your muscles, and it can improve your flexibility and endurance over time. Although it may be considered a summer pastime, swimming can be enjoyed year round with the help of heated and indoor pools.
Although boxing may sound like a strenuous form of exercise, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. One of the major benefits of boxing is that it can provide an excellent cardio workout without utilising the lower body. If you have joint or muscle injuries in your legs or knees, boxing (just using the arms) can elevate heart rate, improve cardiovascular endurance, burn calories and build muscle tone. So if 2015 is your year to get fit, perhaps try one or all of these forms of exercise. They are low impact, can be tailored to your fitness level and generally accommodate for injury or joint issues. If these forms of exercise don’t take your fancy, try talking to a trainer at your local gym or speak to your doctor about alternatives.
*This article should be taken as general advice only. It is strongly advised that you speak to your doctor prior to starting a new exercise program for more comprehensive advice.