Improving Your Stability and Balance

Man Doing Lunge
Man Doing Lunge

The Importance of Mobility

How often do you focus on your stability and balance? For most of us, it isn’t very often. However, it should be. Regularly focusing on these two things will have a great impact on your fitness and your progress. With better balance, workouts such as Yoga and Pilates will become a lot easier and with strong stability, you’ll be able to perform heavy lifts such as squats and deadlifts better and even push closer towards those all important PBs!

Balance on Exercise Ball

Take Time to Work on Your Balance

Improving your balance shouldn’t just be for those who love Yoga and Pilates, it should be something that we all do as regularly as we can. Working on your balance has a lot of benefits that make your workouts and gym sessions better but also mean that your day-to-day life activities become a lot easier.

By working on your balance regularly, you’ll prevent any falls. This is because you’re a lot stronger on your feet so that you’re less likely to fall and injure yourself if you’re doing something that requires you to balance for a long period of time. Improving your balance also means that you’re reducing the risk of injuries in your knees and ankles because you’re able to take some weight off those areas and balance instead. Finally, don’t forget how much balance will help you progress. If you are a keen Yoga or Pilates person, you’ll be able to start performing much more advanced movements by spending just some time every day or week focusing on your balance.

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Stability will Help You Get Stronger

Stability is again one of those things that are sometimes neglected. However, with all the extra time we have at home, now is the perfect time to work on this a bit more.

By working on your stability regularly, you will improve the amount of control you have over every single movement. Whether you’re working out in the gym or at home, stability is your friend! This will allow you to build strong muscles all over your body, especially your core and legs as you can really concentrate on the movement that you’re performing and how you can control it to allow you to reach your desired results.

Want to sit lower on your squat? Want to increase the size of your biceps? Whatever your muscle and strength gaining goals, working on your stability will allow you to get there quicker. To allow yourself to really smash your 2020 fitness goals, these two types of training – balance and stability – are really important and you should try them as often as you can.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined one of our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do that at home whilst our gyms are temporarily closed.

It’s important not to cancel out any of that hard work by continuing to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts and Virtual Classes that you can follow to suit you and your fitness goals. Really make the most of this extra time you have at home whether that’s in the mornings, evenings and weekends and keep working towards your fitness goals.

5 Ways to Burn Body Fat at Home

HiiT Workout at Home
HiiT Workout at Home

Smash your 2020 Fitness Goals

If you set yourself a challenge to reduce your body fat and to become leaner in 2020, we want to help you keep working towards that goal. Body fat can sometimes be stubborn and really mess up your body confidence but by altering your diet and training, you’ll soon be burning excess body fat and feeling healthier and happier.

Keep reading to read our advice all about how you can burn body fat at home until you’re back in the gym using our wide range of quality equipment and facilities.

Mix Up Your Diet and Training

There may be lots of different factors that contribute towards your fat gain, but the main two tend to be diet and lifestyle. Once you’ve mastered some, or all, of these changes, you’ll really boost your fitness and smash your goals:

  • Clean Your Diet – Nutrition is essential to help you live a healthier and happier life. By eating healthier foods, you’ll notice that your body shreds weight and body fat a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that you need to live on salads and follow fad diets but you should try to limit junk food and takeaways and increase the amount of fresh and protein-rich foods that you’re eating.

  • Try HiiT Training – HiiT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it’s tough but very rewarding. HiiT workouts involve working for 40-60 second intervals followed by a 10-20 second rest. This low rest time keeps your heart rate high which means that you’re burning calories and body fat at a quicker rate, especially with exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and jumping jacks. As HiiT workouts are short, they prevent you from getting bored and keep exercise fun!

  • Do More Cardio – To help reduce the amount of body fat that you have in your body, you need to do regular cardio training. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a strong runner or swimmer; you can go for long walks or climb the stairs in your house for 15-20 minutes a day instead. However, the more intense cardiovascular training that you do, the more of an impact it will have on your fat burning results.
Barbell Weighted Plates

Weights Are Your Friend!

People sometimes tend to shy away from free weights equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells when it comes to weight loss and fat burn but using them will help you see amazing results.

  • Low Weights, High Reps – To use weights purely for weight loss and fat burn, drop the to a low weight and perform a higher number of reps. For example, instead of a heavy kettlebell that will help with muscle growth, instead use a lighter one and aim to complete 20-30 kettlebell swings or barbell squats. This type of training when performed regularly will help you achieve your desired results.

  • Perform Compound Exercises – Compound exercises are ones that use multiple muscles/muscle groups at one time. This of course requires more energy and work from your body which means that your body is burning more calories and body fat. Some examples of compound exercises are deadlifts, squats, pull ups and bench press. If you’re new to this type of training, ease yourself into it and always ensure that your form is correct to prevent any injury.

Exercise at Home with Xercise4Less Gyms

Whilst you might be missing your favourite piece of equipment from your Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. There are lots of different types of training that can help you burn body fat and whilst you’re at home.

We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes. You might just fall in love with a type of training that you never tried before.

We’re also offering our members exclusive access to a number of Live Stream and On-Demand group exercises classes with everything from Zumba and Les Mills Body Combat to PiYo, Yoga and Children’s Taekwondo. Come and join our expert personal trainers today as they take you through our classes exactly as you’d do them in the gym.

Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery
Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

The Power of Exercise

For some people, before Coronavirus landed in the UK, a regular gym and exercise routine was normal. It wasn’t until our gyms closed and that we adjusted to our ‘new normal’ that we realised how much we missed it. According to ukactive Board member, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, all of us may now need to develop a regular gym routine in our lives once Covid-19 has passed.

He said: “Exercise cannot only reduce infection, it can dampen the deleterious response to infection and play an integral role in the rehabilitation of people recovering from the virus. This makes exercise an essential requirement of our daily lives, and health and fitness providers an essential public service.”

It’s never too late to make that all-important decision to focus on your fitness and your health. By having a better relationship with exercise, you will start to reap the many benefits including a stronger immune system, feeling healthier and happier and most importantly, having a higher chance of fighting off infections. 

Man Doing Plank in Gym

Exercise: The Wonder Drug

Professor Greg Whyte OBE also had lots of other insightful and thought-provoking things to share about exercise and Covid-19…

“‘Exercise is the wonder drug’ – I could not agree more with this statement, and was proud to see it in a letter ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson sent to the Prime Minister last week. In my years studying sport, exercise, and medical rehabilitation, it is a drug we have never fully appreciated or harnessed as a nation. With the shadow Covid-19 casts over our society, that must now change.

It is a vital service for two key reasons. Firstly, as many will know and have tragically experienced, this is an aggressive virus, which attacks multiple body systems simultaneously, leaving sufferers significantly debilitated. As a result, rehabilitation from infection can be a long, complicated, and arduous journey.

As in many other forms of recovery, this will require a combination of acute in-hospital rehabilitation, outpatient support, and community provision.

I have no doubt that people seeking support to aid recovery from Covid-19 will need to depend on community-based rehabilitation services. An absence of such services will likely lead to a demand for hospital-based support which could overwhelm an already stretched NHS.

This makes the health and fitness sector essential to Covid-19 recovery. We have already seen this sector work closely with the NHS and wider health agencies, partnering to develop programmes for a variety of diseased states including: cardiac; pulmonary; and cancer rehabilitation.

Secondly, the health and fitness sector is essential to Covid-19 prevention. We know from academic research undertaken by New York University (NYU) – the largest study of its type to date – that the biggest risk factor leading to hospitalisation (after age) is obesity (the risk with type 2 diabetes is explained here).

Furthermore, the importance of immune and metabolic health in reducing risk is becoming increasingly clear, pointing towards the central role of physical activity, alongside other lifestyle modifications, in reducing infection and severity.

This means the 7,000 facilities and 400,000-strong workforce that make up the health and fitness sector in the UK must be fully equipped and supported to play a crucial preventive role against this virus, and a rehabilitative role in the treatment of those infected.”

Bodybuilding - woman lifting

Improve Your Physical Activity, Improve Your Health

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been advised by the Government to stay safe, stay at home and have been permitted to do some forms of outdoor exercise. At Xercise4Less, we have also encouraged our communities to do this as staying as active with new types of exercise including home workouts and exercise classes are great for your mental wellbeing and physical health.

ukactive Board member, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, agrees but now wants us to be able to push this slightly further: “The Government is right to reinforce the importance of exercise during this crisis, but we now need to see real action to harness its value in both prevention and rehabilitation. Our health and fitness providers are an essential public service, providing immeasurable support to our NHS at a time when it’s needed most.”

Live Stream Classes, Now Available

Live Classes Now Available
Live Classes

Live Stream Classes, Now Available

We’ve got what you’ve all been waiting for…

Live Stream, GX Instructor Lead Exercise Classes!

Live stream classes are real-time events where you follow our qualified instructors as they perform each movement in the group exercise class. Classes including Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyBalance, Total Body Workout and much more so get involved today.

Take part from home, across all your connected devices including your smartphone, tablet and desktop computer/laptop.

Struggling to motivate yourself at home? Not for much longer as our live stream classes give you the encouragement and energy that you’ve been missing!

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