Have you ever considered that getting fit could also help you find the love of your life?
- Fitness is more than a New Year’s resolution
- 5 Reasons to exercise
- What’s the most popular exercise type in the UK?
- Why join an exercise group?
- Unconventional fitness classes in Hertfordshire
Fitness is more than a New Year’s resolution
If your New Year’s resolutions are to get fit and find yourself a partner, it may interest you to know that the majority of couples still meet in the real world. According to a 2020 YouGov survey, 15% of couples meet while out and about.
If you struggle to find the time to fit in exercise, but scroll through dating profiles, you may be surprised to know that the average Tinder user spends 90 minutes per day on the app.
The week before Christmas I felt pretty low from the thought of being single over the festive period, but when learning that I spent 6 hours of my life swiping aimlessly across 3 different apps, I felt sick. That’s on obscene amount of time and I’m angry at myself for not using my time more productively.
So much so, that my new years resolutions are to not only get myself fit again, improve my wellbeing, (complete a 30 days of yoga challenge in January), I’m also going to set a time limit across my dating apps to 1 hour per week. After all, it’s more likely that I’ll meet someone at a gym class or at a running club than online anyway.
If we just dedicated a third of the average Tinder user time per day (30 minutes) to getting fit, imagine how incredible we’ll be feeling come February. Who’s with me?
5 Reasons to exercise
Sadly, more than a quarter of the world’s adult population are insufficiently active. The recommended physical activity for an adult, per week is:
- At least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity
- or at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity
Here’s 5 reasons to start exercising today:
- Just 10 minutes of movement per day can boost your mood
- People who exercise regularly experience 43.2% fewer days of poor mental
- Higher levels of physical activity are associated with a 21% reduction in heart attacks in men and a 29% reduction for women
- Exercising during the work day has been linked with better concentration, work relationships and increased tolerance for stress
- Research shows that exercise helps with self-confidence, improving your mental health, reducing stress, and gaining a sense of achievement
What’s the most popular exercise type in the UK?
According to Flora’s Annual Active town report 2022, on average people in the UK & Ireland are exercising 46 minutes per day. The most popular form of exercise is walking, followed by running, then swimming and cycling.
Why join an exercise group?
Working out within groups can help take your exercise to the next level. Find support and meet new people by joining a group exercise club. When you’re struggling, groups can motivate you and keep you committed to reach your fitness goals. Research shows that those working out in groups are less likely to skip classes due to peer pressure as they never want to be the weakest link.
This study by Kansas State University found that people increased their workout time and intensity by 200% when they exercised with someone they thought was better than them.
Walking clubs in Hertfordshire
You can find a full listing of all the walking clubs in Hertfordshire via the Walking in England website.
Running clubs in Hertfordshire
Turn what could be just another failed new year’s resolution into a pact by joining a running group. Find motivation from a club that helps you stay motivated. A group environment can provide some healthy competition to push yourself harder, be the safer option when running in the evenings and provide some goals to work towards like charity races or park runs.
Proof is in the pudding: Last summer, I completed a 100km run in 30 days and I really couldn’t have done it without my friends and family. On the days where my legs were screaming, I had friends pull me out, and it’s incredible how far little remarks like ‘you’ve got this’, or ‘keep going, you’re doing so well’ really does make a difference. Running with a friend that was much fitter than me made me smash my personal best, even if I did feel like I was going to pass out LOL.
Running clubs in Hertfordshire:
- Hatfield (ladies)
- Hemel Hempstead
- Welwyn Garden City
- St Albans
Unconventional fitness classes in Hertfordshire
Have you ever wanted to try something a little different? How about a new year’s resolution to learn how to rock climb or ski? There are plenty of unconventional fitness classes around Hertfordshire to choose from.
Rock Climbing in Hatfield
Hertfordshire Sports Village, offer rock climbing taster sessions on their 12 metre-high wall every Sunday. You’ll need to pre-book. Classes last one hour.
Ski lessons in Hemel Hempstead
Learn to ski or snowboard as part of a group at the Snow Centre in Hertfordshire. Lessons are based on your skill level, so don’t panic, you’ll get to choose the group that’s right for you.
Boot camp across Hertfordshire
If you need a little motivation to take your workout to the next level, how does a personal trainer shouting your next HIT exercise at you sound? Perhaps joining a boot camp in Hertfordshire is the next move for you? Here’s a selection of classes:
- Onpoint, Ware
- Total Body Fit Camp, Hertford
- The Body-fit Bootcamp, Bishop’s Stortford
- The outdoor Athlete, Hemel, St Albans and Watford
- Fighting Fit, Royston
Aerial yoga is a great way to forget your stresses, strengthen and stretch within a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Aerial Classes in Hertfordshire:
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