If, like many of us, the idea of completing a high intensity workout at your local gym is daunting enough to deter you from starting a regular fitness regime, then read on.
Here are lots of exercises that people of any fitness level can do.
Swimming can help you build your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. The buoyancy provided from swimming also helps support your body, taking unwanted strain off your joints. We recommend trying water aerobics or swimming laps (if you are new to fitness we recommend starting with 50-100 metres of your favourite stroke).
Walking is a powerful yet simple form of exercise. Walking for 30 minutes to an hour each day can help promote weight loss, improve your cholesterol levels and improve your mood. We recommend getting out into nature for your walks so you can enjoy your surroundings and breath some fresh air.
Often referred to as ‘meditation in motion’, Thai Chi is a combination of both relaxation and movement. This form of exercise requires balance, which is an important component of fitness. Thai Chi is beneficial for both your body and your mind and was regularly practiced at Hopewood Health Retreat.
Yoga is a great form of exercise and can be done at any level. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease. Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides and improved immune function. Many of the poses in the yoga system are held for several long slow breaths to increase strength and endurance. Some poses are sustained, whereas others are repeated by moving in and out of the position several times. This is proven to strengthen muscles and bones.
We advocate regular, gentle exercise. So recommend you get moving at least once a day to help keep your body and mind at its best.