Fitness Holidays and Alternatives

Ever wasted a perfectly good weekend or holiday doing absolutely nothing? Fitness holidays are an increasingly popular way to spend time off work. You can also go surfing, cycling, or hiking instead of lazing around the house eating potato chips and watching TV? The leisure and travel industries are only now starting to respond to the demand for holidays that maximize opportunities for physical activities over the holidays and even over weekends.

Online booking has revolutionized the way we spend our leisure time. Now it’s starting to change how we exercise and lose weight. A weight loss holiday combines the fun and adventure of a trip overseas with the rush of physical activity. It’s now easier than ever to bike that obscure trail, catch that perfect wave, or climb that faraway mountain.

A weight loss holiday program can be configured for different needs and price ranges. On one end of the spectrum, you have custom packages tailor-fit to your needs by a personal trainer, with a mix of recreation and exercise. On the other end, there are group packages that offer a more general approach at more affordable prices.

A fitness holiday will generally aim to make losing weight more fun than it normally would be with a regular exercise and diet regimen. This makes reaching your fitness goals much less of a hassle than it would normally be.

There are several reasonable weekend activities that aren’t just fun, but help you lose weight as well.

Swimming, whether at the beach or pool, is one often overlooked activity that could be done even on short weekends. Swimming, when done properly, is a total body workout that is as fun as it is healthy. If you don’t know how to swim yet, this might be the perfect time to try it.

Hiking in a nature trail your area is another low cost alternative to foreign getaways. Try to learn more about native flora and fauna and take up nature photography to make things a little bit more interesting. Who knows? You might find all the adventure you’ve been craving right in your backyard.

Urban hiking is a much more accessible alternative to nature-trekking. While admittedly not as refreshing as a walk away from the city, urban hiking has its own charms. Try documenting historical sites, or other places of interest in your town or in surrounding areas. Try to make a list of things you might recommend and outsider might want to do in your town, purely as an exercise. Take it from us, you WILL be surprised about how much of your own neighbourhood you didn’t notice.

Cycling is another fun activity you can do almost anywhere. Try to explore parts of your hometown you haven’t been to. You can also try biking to the beach or a nature trail further away from your hometown. Bikes were made for affordable weekend getaways like these!

 

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Bizarre Fitness Fads and Full-blown Cures

MosquitoStaying healthy and in tip top fitness is a priority for many, but as humans we still have a need to try something adventurous and new every now and then. Tried and tested ways of getting fit and staying healthy don’t always appeal to everybody – especially those who simply don’t want to put in the time and effort. And then there are full-blown diseases for which any cure or treatment could be considered. Here are some of the strangest ideas in the health and fitness sector:

Ionized Bracelets

In science fiction writing, ions are one of those genuine pieces of science that is brought in to beef up anything scientific sounding. “How does it work? Oh, Ions”. Meanwhile in the real world, we’re a lot more sceptical about unproved science than we used to be (though perhaps not nearly enough). So can you get away with putting scientific words into a product name and trying to profit of it?

The FTC didn’t seem to think so, bringing Q-Ray, the most well known of the ‘Ionized bracelet’ manufacturers to court over claims that it gave relief from pain and arthritis. The court found that the positive effects were no greater than the placebo effect and that claims of links to traditional Chinese medicine were just exploitative marketing talk.

Shake Weight

What list of bizarre health and fitness fads would be complete without an entry for Shake Weight, a phenomenon so strange that many readers will think that I’ve mistaken a South Park episode for reality (and perhaps it wouldn’t be the first time). But no, these vibrating dumbbells are a genuine fitness innovation designed to increase muscle activity by the use of ‘Dynamic Inertia’. In essence, they’re simply an application of the same principles as vibration plate technology. But the infomercials are still bizarre.

Scuba-Cycling

Stationary exercise bikes have been a mainstay of the Gym (and home gym) for years – they offer effective, accessible exercise indoors and without a lot of fuss. Spinning provides a more intense version with a flywheel specifically weighted to emulate (variable) road conditions. But well aware that things are better under the sea, someone had the bright idea of putting the bikes underwater. Water obviously offers far greater resistance so it gives you a good workout.

Far more bizarre is the idea of underwater scuba-cycling, which probably takes the idea a little too far. Judge for yourself in the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kxp-H9g_oY

Malariotherapy

Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. So perhaps whatever could kill you, but doesn’t, could make you into some kind of superman? Perhaps thinking along these lines (and remembering that Peter Parker became Spiderman by being bitten by a radioactive spider), Henry Heimlich created Malariotherapy, wherein patients are treated by having them contract Malaria. You know, the disease that kills about 780,000 people a year. This particular fire has been advocated for use in the fight against several even worse sounding fires: cancer, Lyme disease and HIV.

And yes, Henry Heimlich is the creator of the Heimlich manoeuvre. Does that make his Malariotherapy idea sound any less bizarre? No. The Institutional review board have not overseen any of the Heimlich institute’s experiments into Malaria treatment on HIV subjects and two separate studies into co-infection suggest that HIV could spread more quickly when in combination with Malaria.

Steph Wood writes for JTX Fitness who provide Cheap Treadmills to the UK market.

 

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Fitness Classes for You

If you are a member of fitness center then you probably know about their special fitness classes that they offer at an added fitness cost. If you are not yet a member, however, it is good to know about some of the fitness specials and fitness deals that the renowned fitness institution has to offer. Here we list some of the specialty classes that might appeal to your specific fitness needs. Click here if you need further information besides the classes listed here.

Club Boxing Circuit

Aside from the regular fitness exercises and courses, the Club Boxing Circuit is also available for you to enroll in. It is a class where you can play with fellow members and lose up to 550 calories. The professional trainers will help you climb your way from being a newbie boxer to a pro one. You could gain speed through specialized boxing combinations and increase your agility through drills. You will also try body punches to a heavy bag to increase power in your arms. Furthermore, this is perfect in enhancing your hand and foot coordination (instead of hand and eye coordination).

Core Training

This is one of the fitness specials that a good fitness club has. Enrolling in this class entails additional fitness cost that would add up to your total monthly bill. However, this class is very much worth the 50 minute session time and the money since you could lose more than 300 calories. You could also strengthen your already defined abs, your back, and glutes and many more. This class aims to exercise core muscles.

Cycle

This is also one of the fitness deals recommended for individuals who are looking for a challenging workout. Moreover, it is done outdoors and you endure the trail with other club members. This is certainly a fun way to exercise whether you are training for a triathlon or just improving cardiovascular health.

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Four Fun Fitness Ideas to Escape the Drudgery of the Gym

Each year thousands of people start with the best of intentions and join a gym. Yet most of those people will only go to the gym a few times before they get bored, and their goal of loosing weight and becoming more fit fails as they have lost their motivation. A lot of people feel like they are putting so much effort into their exercise but not getting much in return. This causes them to loose the motivation they originally had as they feel it’s not fun any more and it feels like hard work. On top of the disappointment of not managing to stick to an exercise plan, there is the additional frustration at the money wasted on paying for the gym membership.

The most common reason for people loosing motivation is that they simply start to get bored. If you find exercise fun you are more likely to stick with it and reach your fitness goals. It’s for this reason that many people are seeking an alternative to the gym, but with so many options out there where do you start. I have put together my favorite ways to stay in shape to help you get started.

Skipping

You may not have skipped since you were at school but it is actually a fantastic way to burn calories and shed a few pounds, (you can burn up to 300 calories in 30 mins). It also provides a great workout for your shoulders, thighs, calves and bottom as well as being a good cardio workout. Even if you haven’t skipped for yours it shouldn’t take you too long to pick it up again and with a bit a practice you’ll be surprised at how good you get.

Skipping is a really versatile workout, all you need is a rope, some supportive shoes (tennis shoes are good) and somewhere to skip. You can skip pretty much anywhere insite our outside. It is best to avoid skipping on concreate or any surface where you could injure yourself if you were to fall. Grass, carpet and wood make good skipping surfaces.

Begin by practicing skipping on the spot. When you can manage 70 skips in a minute then you are ready to move on and try out some of the more fun and advanced moves. If you can’t remember them, here are a few to refresh you memory:

Bell Jumps

This is one fo the more basic advanced moves and a great one to move onto when you have got your skipping to to speed. Jump forwards then backwards as you skip. This move will do wonders for your thighs.

Running

This move it great for working you abs. As you skip simply pull up your legs.

Double Unders

When you have got the hang of the moves above then you will find it easier to master some of the more advanced moves. A good one to start with is double-unders. For this move you need to pass the rope around your body two times for each jump.

Crossovers

As the name suggests, in crossovers you have to cross over your arms while the rope passes over your head. As the rope does this you jump though the space that is left.

Pole Fitness

Pole fitness is becoming more and more popular as a way to work out and get in shape. The sleazy stripper image is long gone and pole fitness is now thought of as a type of gymnastics. It is a great method of building up your strength and giving your muscles a good workout. To get started you will need a pole. There are a wide range of pole dancing poles on the market today to suit every budget and level of ambition. The x-pole dance poles very easy to put up and are probably the most popular choice across Europe and the US. Once you have installed your pole you are ready to get started and there are lots of free lessons on YouTube. There are also lots of pole dancing DVDs that will take you from beginner level to advanced. Just remember to take it at your own place, some of the moves can be difficult to master. Make sure you put your safety first and stay inside your comfort zone.

Cycling

This is a fantastic zero impact workout and considered by many to be the best exercises you can do. It is much gentler on your body than jogging and running that can damage your joints and tendons. If you think about it why would you pay good money to sit on an exercise bike in a gym going nowhere, when you could be riding through the countryside taking in the scenery. If you are nervous about riding on roads in the city or countryside then get a mountain bike and enjoy cycling in parkland and countryside trails.

Dance Games

Dance games like the renowned Dance Dance Revolution provide a fun way for you to exercise and keep your motivation. They are especially good as you can compete against your friends and family so it won’t even feel like your working out. Most dance mat games let you select from a range of music. It can be a lot harder than it looks and will take a lot of practice to master. But most games will have beginner levels, so you can start off slow and work your wau up to learning the faster paced songs

This article was written by Caitlin, a fitness fanatic who hates the gym with a passion and writes for . When she is not blogging she can most often be found spinning upside down on her X-Pole Xpert

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