It’s dark, it’s cold and there’s no sunshine to boost the enjoyment of outdoor exercise. Let’s face it, the cooler months can be a bit depressing. But if your self-esteem has hit an all-time low, get moving to up your happy vibes.
Sure, it’s a no-brainer that getting active will make you feel a bit more upbeat, but now a study by the University of British Columbia shows that just a single bout of exercise can make you feel slimmer, stronger and more body confident.
The American researchers discovered that fitbies who took part in a 30-minute, moderate-intensity sweat session had a more positive body image than those who sat down and read.
The encouraging results were instant and lasted for over 20 minutes after the workout. So, next time you’re having one of those days, get moving and let your confidence soar! Why not try a new class to challenge mind and body and give you a sense of achievement?
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JUMP TO IT
If, like us, you associate jumping on a mini trampoline (also called a trampette) with your childhood years, get prepared to revisit your youth. Rebounding, the name given to jumping exercises performed on a mini trampoline, is increasing in popularity – and for good reason. The novel workout improves balance, strengthens core muscles, burns oodles of calories (550 in 45 minutes, to be precise) and is touted as a fun workout that doesn’t really feel like ‘work’.
H&F intern, Ellie Robinson, can’t get enough of the gym world’s latest sweat session ((BOUNCE)): ‘I love the high-energy exercise! With a mini trampoline to yourself, you bounce along to the beat of pop music with easy-to-follow dance choreography. Don’t be fooled, though – it’s pretty tough because you’re effectively doing multiple squat jumps while trying to stay balanced.’ Trampoline workouts are taking off in the UK. Want to enjoy the benefits of bouncing from the comfort of your own home? Check out Rebound UK (rebound-uk.com). Want to jump to music with others? Try ((BOUNCE)) at bouncefitbody.com. Boing!