Having Fun with Fitness During Lockdown

Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training
Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training

Making Fitness Fun

The most important thing when it comes with fitness is to make it fun. If you don’t enjoy it, it will always seem like a chore and that will probably delay your progress and results. Whilst we’re at home and unable to go to the gym, use this time to try new things and most importantly have fun with fitness.

Play around with different styles of training to see which one works best for you and most importantly, which puts a smile on your face and makes you feel amazing. If you’re not sure where to start, let us help you.

HiiT Workout at Home

Finding the Positives of Cardio Training

Sometimes when people think about cardio fitness and cardio training they think dull. People automatically assume that this means spending hours running on the treadmill or cycling until your bum is numb but this isn’t the case. There are lots of different ways to put your body through cardio training in short and fun ways.

One of those ways is interval training. Whether you opt for HIIT or Circuit Training, interval training means that you perform an exercise for a certain short period of time and then move onto something else. As you’re never performing one specific movement for long, the time flies by. For example, say you’re following a circuit of Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Jumping Jacks, Sprints and High Knees and performing these movements for 30 seconds each, once those 30 seconds are up you’re moving onto something else so whether you love them or hate them, they don’t last long enough to give it much thought at all. This type of cardio training is really effective for boosting your heart rate and allowing your body to burn a lot of calories so if you’ve never tried it before, give it a go and really push your fitness to the max.

Don’t forget that low intensity walking is an amazing type of cardio. Aim to for 7,000 – 10,000 steps a day and burn away excess calories and body fat with a really simple type of cardio training.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Lift Weights to Lift Your Mood

At Xercise4Less, we love weight training. We provide a huge range of equipment and facilities to allow our members to work on their strength and build their muscles in our gyms. We’re aware that weighted equipment has been difficult to get hold of during lockdown but if you’ve managed to get hold of some, you can really maximise your fitness and have fun with weights.

When it comes to weight training, there are a few different styles of training you can follow. Again, try a few of these and just see what sticks; see which one you enjoy the most. You could do time under tension, progressive overload, low weight high reps and more. If you’ve got limited equipment, play around and see what works for you. You’re still able to build muscle and increase your muscle mass whilst working out at home, even if you don’t have much kit, so don’t give up on your 2020 goals just yet. This is all something that can keep you going until we reopen our doors and you have free reign of the equipment and facilities again.  

Online Training is Fun, Friendly and FREE!

We’ve been working hard during lockdown to ensure we’ve been able to offer our members and everyone who has an interest in fitness to stay active and healthy whilst gyms are temporarily closed. We’re proud to offer a wide range of digital solutions to help you keep smashing your fitness goals from home.

One of our best loved things about Xercise4Less Gyms is our motivational and inclusive group exercise classes and you asked, so we delivered! We’re now delivering a wide range of virtual classes including Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyPump, BodyBalance, HiiT, Yoga, Legs, Bums and Tums and many more. Whatever your fitness goals, we have something to help you focus on that from the comfort of your living room or back garden.

You can book onto our scheduled Live Stream classes or catch our pre-recorded On-Demand classes whenever and wherever you like. If you’re wanting to really have some fun with your fitness during this lockdown, our classes will offer you that and so much more so download the X4L app and book onto them now.

Boosting Your Weight Loss Results at Home

Weight Loss at Home
Weight Loss at Home

Working Towards Your Weight Loss

Were you using our gyms to help you with your weight loss? We understand that a lot of members benefit from our wide range of equipment and facilities to reach their weight loss goals but in the meantime, you can do this from home.

Remember why you started at the gym and remain focused on your goals so that you’re able to keep pushing yourself even on your challenging days to achieve your desired results. You may have a bit of extra time on your hands now that you’re at home; use this to your advantage and really focus on your weight loss and get the results you’ve always wanted.

Man Doing Plank in Gym

Burning More Calories Than You Consume

There is no secret method to weight loss. The simplest way to see it is that you need to burn more calories than you consume. This doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating the food you like or sweet treats but you do need to eat these in moderation if you’re serious about your weight loss results.

If you’re eating slightly more when you’re at home, don’t worry about it. To make sure that you’re losing weight and in a calorie deficit, you just need to try move more to burn extra calories. This might mean doing a home workout during the day and then walking, running or cycling for an hour on an evening. By setting yourself daily targets, you’ll be able to reach your weight loss goals sooner than you think. For example, aim to walk 10,000 steps every day or do a HIIT or fat burning home workout every day. When you combine these with a healthy and balanced diet, you’ll receive the results you want.

In the absence of gym equipment, use what you can at home to keep you going. We’re all missing the gym and the wide range of facilities available to use but they’ll still be there when we reopen so in the meantime, get creative at home and follow a similar workout routine to help with weight loss.

Group Exercise Class

Try Different Types of Exercises to Lose Weight

There isn’t one set type of exercise that will help you to lose weight but there are lots of different things that you can do to move your body more that will help you burn excess calories and body fat. By changing up your exercise routine regularly it’ll keep you engaged and prevent you from getting bored. Once you get bored, you’re more likely to give in so try different things in your spare time and see what type of exercise is best suited to you and your body.

Your first type of exercise you could try is cardio. Cardio in our gyms means treadmills, exercise bikes, stair climbers and rowing machines but at home it’s slightly different. Mimic all of the movements you do at the gym in your house; for example, running outside, sprinting up and down your stairs and cycling outdoors. Cardiovascular exercise is proven to burn a large amount of calories which will making it slightly easier for you to burn excess calories and body fat.

HIIT is also a short yet effective weight loss exercise as it raises your heart rate and helps you burn calories fast. Don’t forget about weight training too. When you’re training with weighted equipment, you burn calories fast during but also after your workout which make it even more effective for weight loss.

Regular Exercise at Home Boosts Weight Loss

Try not to postpone your weight loss goals whilst you’re at home. You may be frustrated with the current situation but there are still things that you can do to make progress in terms of weight loss. On your lower days, remind yourself that all of our equipment, facilities and group exercise classes will be waiting for you once we reopen.

Whilst you might be missing your local Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. Weight loss can be achieved with a variety of exercise types so give them a try and see what you end up falling in love with.

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.