We don’t know about you guys, but April’s copious public holidays and all of the long weekends we’ve had lately have seriously thrown us off the fitness wagon – head first, into a pile of chocolate Easter eggs we’ve stolen from our kids’ stashes.
The thought of hitting the gym is uninspiring, and we’re not definitely not sending ourselves off for a 5km run. We’re looking for exercise, but we don’t want to feel like we’re exercising. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently, it isn’t! We’ve found six ways you can get your heart rate up, break a sweat and still leave feeling like you’d happily do it again tomorrow.
A love of cycling and a sea change inspired Lennox Head’s Chris Boogert and Alice Tancred to ride their way into becoming fitness and travel entrepreneurs, and now you can get a slice of their coastal life, too! Chris and Alice have combined their in-depth knowledge of cycling and their love for the great outdoors to create their dream business, Lifecycles Travel, offering tours of Byron Bay and surrounds with budget friendly packages and luxury experiences including accommodation at the renowned The Byron at Byron and Elements of Byron. It may be geared towards cycling enthusiasts who know a spoke from a disc brake, but Lifecycles Travel isn’t all about steep hills and long roads – their tours ride through charming towns including Newrybar and Federal and guests have a chance to sample some of the area’s best produce along the way.
What do you get when you combine the most relaxing land sport with the most relaxing water sport? SUP (stand-up paddleboard) yoga, that’s what. Sure, balancing on one leg is hard enough without having to do it on a floating fibreglass board, but where’s the fun in yoga if you’re not constantly worrying about belly-flopping into the ocean? SUP yoga is brilliant for your core and overall stability, and is a true test of your balance, too. Opt for an early morning session to bend and stretch as the sun comes up for ultimate relaxation. Then, treat yourself to breakfast afterwards – because you need to refuel, too.
Sip and sweat
We know we’re trying to work off all of that holiday indulgence, but surely exercising while drinking cancels out the calories – right? Grab a beer or a wine and get bending and stretching at one of the bars around town! The Burleigh Brewing Co. has previously partnered with Pound Fitness to put on Beer Yoga and Pilates, while Brisbane’s The Flying Cock has been known to do Barre at the Bar. If there’s nothing on in your area any time soon, just pop a bottle, open your favourite yoga app and get sweaty.
Say ‘cya’ to boring gym routines and get on that pole! Pole dancing has quickly become one of the hottest ways to work out, promising to improve your strength, fitness and overall health with classes that suit every body and every budget. It works all of your muscles and is great for flexibility, coordination and rhythm. Pole dancing is also a great release, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and even get a better night’s sleep. Plus, it’s a super cool skill to master and introduces you to a whole worldwide community complete with pole dancing champions, competitions and more.
Make like Pink and learn how to fly in an aerial yoga class. This circus-like exercise will have you flipping and floating like a true acrobat, combining the best of yoga and Pilates with aerial prowess that you never thought you would master. Every part of your body will move and stretch as you navigate the hammock, moving in particular ways to counteract gravity and strengthen and stretch your muscles. It’s great for your joints, digestion and blood circulation, but the best part is – it’s so much fun.
No Lights, No Lycra
This weird and wonderful form of exercise is sure to put a smile on your dial and your hips shaking from the moment they cut the lights. No Lights, No Lycra is a true community project, having started in Melbourne by two dance students ten years ago. There are no lights, no lycra, no instructor, no technique – just pumping tunes and plenty of space for you to throw yourself around and move your body to the rhythm. And, at the end of it, you’re able to call it a “workout” (and you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing your embarrassing dance moves in the process!). It’s like reliving your clubbing days without the expensive drinks, the crowded dancefloor or that sweaty guy who always seems to be dancing way too close to you. Genius.