How you can box clever to fitness – without even stepping foot inside a ring – Mirror Online
“New Year, new me”.
You might have heard that countless times by now.
And it’s nothing new. A poll two years ago revealed that Brits waste a staggering £558million-a-YEAR on unused gym memberships.
A poll of 1,000 gym members found that 11 per cent said that despite paying an average of £47 a month – that’s £564 a year – on a gym membership they hadn’t gone throughout 2016.
A total of 21 per cent said they visited their gym just three times a year – meaning each visit cost them £188.
The reason being is not everyone fancies going to the gym – even more so at this time of year when they generally get busier.
And so, for many it can be far easier to stick to the comforts of your own home.
But away from the temptation of leftover Christmas chocolate, there is now a fun solution from within the living room: boxing.
The Nintendo Switch was one of the must-have gadgets over the festive season. And a new ‘Fitness Boxing’ game has been released to give the traditional keep-fit DVDs a run for their money.
The game helps fitness fanatics learn moves in boxing-based workouts ranging from 10-40 minutes.
It includes both low and high-intensity options, with the game estimating your calories burnt based on the approximate body mass index (BMI).
If you want to make it more competitive, there is a two-player mode to challenge a family member or friend inside a virtual boxing ring.
It will work up a sweat – and you won’t even need to leave home. Some might say that’s boxing clever!
How to make a fitness resolution – and stick to it
Personal trainer NICOLA MARTIN provides her tips for a fitter 2019 – including how to stick to those ‘New Year, new me’ promises…
Everyone makes New Years resolutions. But how many of us actually manage to keep them?
The common goal at this time of year is to lose weight. So you need to set a goal that is realistic.
Here’s my advice on how to set a goal that you can actually achieve, with the target week-by-week that is easier to work towards:
- Losing 2-3 pound a week over 12 weeks is 24/36 pounds. 2/3 pounds is manageable but that end figure is a long way off. Take small steps towards your goal.
- Calorie deficit is key (calorie intake would depend on the person). Eat less and burn more. There are many applications for counting calories and tracking active and resting calories. They are free utilise on a daily basis, so use as your fitness bible.
- Keep active. If your a beginner/ new to exercises start with 3 times a week classes (guidance from an instructor), running (cardio), yoga (flexibility) increase your sessions per week after 2-3 weeks and make sure there challenging you.
- Utilise social media. Check out YouTube for inspiration – there’s so much information out there.
- At an advanced level you really know your body by now. HIIT workouts, heavy weight training, counting steps etc once you recognise how your body works you know what your doing!
- Food intake is important. Clean eating with portion control is the key to combine healthy living.
- Measure your weight loss. Every four weeks. Use scales, pictures, tape measure, body fat readers. Whatever helps.
Don’t forget: consistency is key. If you follow a good solid plan, you will notice the difference within four weeks. Motivate yourself and your inspire those around you as-well as yourself.
Water intake is really important, you think your hungry but actually it’s dehydrated. Drink a glass of water before every meal. Try it!
Nike launch Yoga collection for men
Nike are renowned for running. But now they are taking to Yoga with a new series of men’s clothing for the first time.
According to the American sports brand giant the new range is “mindfully designed to celebrate the athleticism of yoga, with a clean, distraction-free aesthetic that offers comfort, versatility, support and ease of mobility during common poses and flows.”
Sounds fair enough. Although some beginners might be left with a case of “all the gear, no idea”…
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