Move your body: Six ways to get in shape this summer
Whether it's taking up a new class or simply lacing up your running shoes to get more fresh air - there's no better time to amp up your fitness than during the summer months.
1. Cool Running
Already mastered a phone app like 'Couch to 5K' since New Years? Or maybe running has always been your favoured way to keep active. Either way, there is a wealth of events over the sunny season to keep you on track or challenge you to push yourself further.
Whether it's a gruelling endurance test like 'Tough Mudder' or 'Hell and Back' or simply joining in your local Park Run on the weekend, running is undoubtedly the most economical way to incorporate cardiovascular exercise into your routine.
Read fitness expert Pat Divilly's pointers here: So you’ve mastered a 5k run, what next? Top tips to increase fitness and stay motivated in 2015
2. On Point
Here's one for the devout fans of yoga and Pilates. Research carried out in the US showed that ballet would be one of the top fitness trends of 2015. The original inventor of Pilates did a lot of work with injured dancers in the New York City ballet so it makes sense that the two exercises benefit each other. Platinum Pilates were one of the first studios in Ireland to incorporate traditional dance moves such as pliés and demi-pointes into their classes and now their Ballet Barre sessions have waiting lists weeks in advance.
"It has to be taught from a place of fun, energy and encouragement. That's why people have come and that's why they want to do it again," Platinum Pilates co-owner Milena Jaksic Byrne told us.
3. Embrace Weights
Contrary to popular belief, lifting heavy weights does not make a woman 'bulk up' or 'get bigger'. Put simply, women don't have it in them to gain that size. Evolution Fitness is a gym in North County Dublin that aspires to dispel the myth that weight lifting is men-only territory. With this in mind, the gym has developed four new types of fitness classes to get women more accustomed to strength training. 'Met Con' is a metabolism boosting circuit session while the 'HIIT' (High Intensity Interval Training) class will leave even the seasoned gym bunny gasping for breath.
When it comes to working out in the comfort of your own home, the world is your oyster. You can either choose to pay a fee to sign up to online personal training programmes, or make use of the thousands of free routines and videos on YouTube.
See the best of the rest here: The 10 best workouts online to blast your body
5. Some Like It Hot
Can you believe Bikram (hot) yoga has been around for over two decades? Even the avid yogi will be challenged should they chose to do a 90 minute 'Fierce Grace' session, which incorporates elements of hatha, Bikram and Ashtanga, in a studio that is heated to 45 degrees. Boss Hot Yoga studio in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, offers the innovative new class and caters for all levels.
For more information on class times and locations see www.bosshotyoga.ie
6. Lifestyle Overhaul
More and more people are turning to the Internet to help them achieve their goals. Whether it's dropping body fat, building muscle or improving your diet - there is a wealth of resources widely available at your fingertips. However with ambiguous information, opposing opinions and controversial advice touted on many websites, a novice runs the risk of doing more harm than good.
If you feel like you need to completely reboot your lifestyle but are at a loss of where to even begin, consider contacting an online coach who can overhaul your nutrition and fitness plan with ongoing advice and tailored information to suit you, your needs and your desired outcome.
Meet Amanda and Daniel, the couple behind 'Recalibrated Bodies'. Combining their wealth of knowledge in medicinal and sports nutrition, exercise science, personal training and naturopathy, the duo are helping people gain control of their health by providing tailored diet plans and fitness programmes that they can do in the gym or at home.
For more information about their thorough approach, visit www.recalibratedbodies.com
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