Health & Wellness: Battling The Bulge

With all of the festivities and parties going on throughout the holiday season, it is easy to overindulge in that extra slice of pie or second helping of pudding. Here are a few ideas to help you get back on track and break a sweat.

Join a Gym

Gym memberships no longer mean you are limited to heavy weights and bulky machines. While weight training and cardiovascular equipment are still incredibly important in any fitness regimen, most gyms now offer specialised classes and state-of-the-art gear to enhance your experience.

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Take an intense spinning class at World Gym Cayman or Revolutions Indoor Cycling, or try a kickboxing session at Universal Fitness. Spice things up at King’s Sports Centre with reggae aerobics or the Colombian dance craze, Zumba.

Explore the discipline to be gained from tae kwon do at King’s Sport Centre or try mixed martial arts at Rogue Gym. And if your itinerary is just too busy to join a scheduled class, Anytime Fitness offers around-the-clock access to its club.

The Power of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga exceed mental well-being and an overall sense of balance; yoga strengthens the body in ways weight training and intense sports simply cannot. The stretching and balancing poses are not only great for toning the body from head to toe, but also improve posture and strengthen back muscles, keeping aches at bay. Push yourself even further with paddleboard yoga at Bliss Yoga Living, a practice that combines elements of surfing and yoga. In addition to being a workout of its own, yoga is also incredibly beneficial for stretching muscles after a strenuous workout.

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Get Creative

Physical activity comes in all forms. Seek creative outlets that will allow you to work your muscles and have a good time while doing it.After enjoying a night of seaside dining at The Wharf, free salsa lessons can be a great workout.

Or if you prefer something a bit more risqué, book a night of pole and chair dancing lessons for you and your friends at Life Extension Sports & Fitness; it is a total body workout that is sure to push boundaries.

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Take your workout to new heights with indoor rock climbing at King’s Sports Centre. This cardiovascular exercise is moderately intense and improves your endurance and muscle tone.

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is often the key to optimal health. Going for a walk on the beach after a long day can be mentally relaxing and make you work up quite a sweat, too. Hitting the pavement for a run or taking a trail that is somewhat off the beaten path is also conducive to weight loss and mental clarity. Cycling and swimming are great alternatives if your doctor recommends a low impact exercise routine.

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Home workout DVDs should not be overlooked either; they are remarkably convenient for busy schedules. The choices are endless, allowing you to tailor your weight loss programme to the areas you feel need the most attention.

Be Realistic and Seek Support

Try not to overexert yourself by joining more classes than you can realistically attend or by trying more than one new sport at a time. Whatever exercise routine you decide best suits your schedule, approach it with a positive attitude and set weekly or monthly goals to help keep yourself on track.

Pairing up with a friend or joining a group with the same weight loss interests are great ways to get moral support and keep yourself in check on days when working out is not a priority.

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Published: Skies Magazine, November 2013

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