Do you head outside for your usual work out routine? Summer time can play havoc with your outdoor work out routine as the UK is as prone to blazing heat as it is to summer showers (ok, maybe less of the blazing heat…) If you hate running in the rain or are struggling in the heat at your usual outdoor boot-camp, maybe it’s time to mix up your usual routine with some indoor classes. Have you tried any of these?

Pilates
We offer one-to-one Pilates sessions with our Physiotherapist Lara Maddison. Pilates is a great rehabilitative exercise as it strengthens the core which in turn can help improve your posture, balance and relieve pressure your back.

Spinning
A pretty intense work out – but our receptionist swears by it as a great way to start the day! Exercises are performed on a stationary bike – through the class you’ll be turning the resistance up and down for a variety of burn. If this doesn’t get you pushing outside your comfort zone, nothing will! As this class is far from gentle, always make sure to have a chat with your instructor first. They will show you the correct way to adjust the bike to fit you (the first step in avoiding injury) and will need to know of any pre-existing conditions or injuries.

Yoga
Yoga has been popular for years and it’s easy to see why – whether it’s the physical results you’re after or the meditative calm, there’s a form of yoga out there for you. As with all classes, talk to your teacher beforehand to get advice on adjusting to accommodate any pre-existing pain. There are many types of yoga, so do your research first to find one to suit you. And on nicer, cooler days, yoga is great to take outside for a real hit of fresh air and calm.

Dance
From Barre classes to Zumba, dance classes are surely the most fun you can have while working out!Gather a group of friends and try out a tap class or grab your other half and have a go at Samba. Dance is a brilliant reminder that exercise and moving your body can be a lot of fun!

Climbing
Climbing is having a comeback. There are plenty of places opening up for classes, so why not try something completely new. Not only is it a great work out, but as you get better, planning your route up the wall becomes a mental work out which can be as calming for some as yoga is for other here are the findings.

Teamwork
Get together with a friend and hire a court for a game of tennis or badminton. Or maybe get a group together for a game of football or basketball. Don’t let the weather get in the way of fun with friends or your exercise!

If you’re suffering any pain or are wary about getting back into exercise after an injury, book in to see one of our practitioners. They’ll be able to advise you on the best exercises to do and what to avoid. They will also let you know what you need to make your instructor aware of before you start the class.

We would also love to hear if the changeable British weather ever affects your outside work out schedule – do you stick to it whatever the weather or do you use summer showers as an excuse to get inside and try something new. Let us know – we’d love to hear about it!