Hello Everyone, today’s article is a guest post from PowerLeague.co.uk.
Sometimes when given the choice between braving the crowds at the gym and going home to your sofa – well, we’re all guilty of choosing the latter. Unless all you want to do is pump iron, the gym can get repetitive and without even knowing it, you can become stuck in a rut with your fitness regime. If your aim for this year is to get fit there are plenty of great alternatives for busy blokes, and today we outline some of the best…
1) Have A Kick Around
There’s no better way to run around like a maniac for an hour without even realising you are exercising than by playing your friends at 5 aside football. Alternatively, if you can’t find 9 willing participants, there are numerous smaller leagues to be joined. The competitive element keeps you interested and team sports really help you to forget that you are burning calories and getting that heart working.
2) Rock Climbing
Let’s be honest, who amongst us can safely say that they are content with their upper body strength and muscle definition? I’m pretty sure that given the chance we would all improve it, and this is what makes rock climbing so great. As your eyes are so fixed on the prize (the top) you barely even notice the fact that you are getting a work out. There are centres dotted across the country and if you get good, there’s nothing to stop you venturing further afield.
3) Cycle To Work
If, like many, you are pressed for time and need to get your exercise in around your working hours then why not invest in a bike and some day-glo gear and cycle to work. Cycling is fun, allows you to cut out the hefty amount you spend on public transport each month and is one of the best all-round exercises that you can do.
Who would think that smacking a tiny ball against a wall can be such great exercise! Most gyms have squash courts and you are guaranteed to have at least a couple of friends that you can challenge. Squash is easy to pick up and courts are often included in gym membership.
5) Train For A Race
If you don’t set yourself a realistic and achievable goal for your fitness, chances are that it will come and go with little or no improvement. If you book yourself in to compete in an event – be it a 5k, a 10k or even a marathon, you have something to aim for and to keep you motivated throughout your training.
We all saw the swimmers in the Olympics – those guys have arguably the best physiques about, and that can be entirely attributed to the sport that they excel at. Swimming works out every single part of the body. In fact, there is no more efficient exercise!
If your work life is stressing you out then one of the best ways to not let that impact upon your private life is to take it out on the punch bag. There are boxing clubs everywhere, and boxing training focuses on all aspects of your fitness making it a great choice for all men.