From getting back to nature to working out at home, we take a look at the opportunities for wellness that can be encountered both at home for now, and on board come the summer.
Combined with any toning or stretching activities, aerobic exercise helps to improve your overall fitness and strengthens your heart and bones. Whether you have your own high-tech gym, a space outside in the garden or on the deck of your yacht, you can enjoy all manner of aerobic activities.
No gym? No problem. The explosion of the fitness industry in recent years has brought with it a facelift and just about every type of aerobic exercise is available online - from boot camp fitness classes that you can stream live, to Barrecore (callisthenic, full-body ballet style training) and quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions, working up a sweat in a confined space has never been so easy.
Whether you want to channel your inner ballerina or master the fearsome burpee, there are plenty of virtual workouts that follow fitness plans, with expert advice from top trainers who regularly sprinkle nuggets of health-related wisdom into their speech to inspire all of us.
Choosing a fitness program really is personal, what might be one person’s ideal workout will be another’s nightmare, so above all it’s important to choose one that you will enjoy and want to repeat. The following are just a selection of the most popular, trainer-led sessions for you to try out at home.
The Sculpt Guide
Aiming to improve health from all angles, The Sculpt Guide focuses on mind, body and soul holistically, with bodyweight workouts, advice on stress management and the importance of sleep and self-care.
Fiit is one of the most successful online video-led workouts available, mainly down to the fact that they can be completed just about anywhere. They don’t require equipment and with a broad range of classes by the best trainers ranging from cardio to strength and rebalancing, there is something to suit every level of fitness.
The Down Dog app has something for every yogi, ranging from a personalised yoga practice for beginners to sessions for those with decades of experience, and the best part is that every class is different. In the current situation Down Dog is offering free membership for children and adults alike.
The Body Coach
Joe Wicks’ latest 90-day plan includes nutritional recipes, fifteen training plans and real-time workouts, supported by a team of experts from around the globe. As with Down Dog, Joe Wicks is also providing free live sessions for children while they are in isolation.
A selection of ballet-Pilates hybrid sessions that focus on small isometric movements to increase your strength and flexibility, Barrecore is known for its results. From six-week transformation programs to classes that focus solely on arms and abs, there is something for everyone.
The Boxx Method
For live virtual boxing workouts try The Boxx Method. The program combines intense sessions (think shadowboxing with weights), with slower, more yoga-focused classes.
Kayla Itsines’ digital offering is the world’s number one fitness app. It’s brutal but still achievable, with a 360-degree approach to wellbeing that includes a combination of plyometrics, bodyweight and hypertrophy training along with strength and rehabilitation sessions.
If you are still unsure about which programme is for you then head to GymCube, where experts have collated more than 500 workout videos that can be filtered by duration, target area, difficulty, equipment type, preferred trainer and calorie burn.
For those looking to continue working out for the long term then there are several exercise essentials that enable you to stay fit and toned at home or on board. Whether you own a sprawling mansion, a superyacht or have a smaller space in the city that you are looking to turn into a functional gym area, home gyms can work in just about any room.
When it comes to the equipment you need it clearly depends on the goals you have set for yourself and the space available, but one trick to employ in a home gym is to select multifunctional equipment. From versatile strength and functional training machines and cross trainers to a set of dumbbells and a skipping rope, you can achieve incredible results with just a handful of low-volume free-weights and accessories. The following are just a selection of recommendations for home gym equipment from the experts at Gym Marine.
Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill
For those with a little more space the Life Fitness F3 Folding treadmill offers challenging workouts to maintain an effective fitness regime.
Life Fitness G7 Multigym
Providing all manner of possibilities to help improve strength, coordination, range of motion, balance and mobility, the Life Fitness G7 Multigym is a versatile and practical home gym solution.
Life Fitness IC2 Indoor Cycle
The Life Fitness IC2 Indoor Cycle is the perfect entry level bike and is a good choice for those looking for a bike that requires limited maintenance.
Nuo Flexbell Adjustable Dumbbells
The space-saving design of the dumbbells means they can be used almost anywhere, so there is no excuse not to. Their user friendly method of switching between weights means they can be used for all levels.
The great outdoors
Being away from your home gym shouldn’t mean your usual gym fitness routine has to take a back seat. Just about any of the aforementioned programs can be used outdoors.
From skipping to boxing to live classes, outdoor exercise improves your mood, attention and focus. And if you can get outside then do so. Even in isolation many of us have gardens and being outside in the fresh air not only has immediate benefits for our fitness but also for our general wellbeing.
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