Head for the hills
It may be one of the simplest forms of exercise, but walking is set to get even bigger in 2018. According to travel industry experts, hiking tours are one of the biggest growing sectors in the market. Walking up and down hills and through the countryside is a good way to burn calories and increase muscle strength, but studies show that hiking in the great outdoors also helps reduce stress levels and improve mood, too.
All you need is a sturdy pair of walking boots and weather-appropriate clothing. The rise in popularity of wearable and hand-held technology – such as Garmin – means you can track your fitness progress as well as your route.
What’s near you?
Check out the Ramblers for details of local walking groups.
The Chief Medical Officer in England recommends that children do at least 60 minutes of activity every day but, according to Sport England, nearly four in five kids aren’t doing enough. Parents play a key role in shaping a child’s attitude to exercise, and families that exercise together form healthy habits that last a lifetime.
2018 sees Sport England investing in a Families Fund to encourage children and their parents or carers to get active together. And, as parents look for ways to distract children from screen time, there’s a growing trend for family workout classes, too.
What’s near you?
David Lloyd clubs is rolling out a range of classes including Family Circuits, Family Synrgy 360 (like a playground in the gym) and even Battlebox Play (an outdoor bootcamp).
Just a good pair of running shoes and suitable clothing. It’s free to take part (just register online beforehand) and perfect for all abilities – beginners can simply clock up a couple of leisurely kilometres.