Inspired by wellbeing and focusing on getting fit for the New Year, our exclusive feature this month showcases the John Lewis Wellbeing Collection – introducing technical athletic clothing to help you perform at you best in comfort.
January is an excellent time to embrace change by committing to resolutions and transformation. Maintaining a good health is the biggest investment that you could ever make, so what better resolution could there be than addressing your health and taking on this challenge wearing the correct kit.
Using the best fitness equipment tailored to your needs is essential as it will not only make you feel more comfortable, but will also assist your goals and make it more likely you will reach your target.
To give you maximum inspiration for getting started, we share 4 activities and John Lewis selected products that will make this January your fittest yet. Our recommended brand from the collection is Manuka – an activewear label suited to yoga, Pilates and comfortable living.
Fantastic for the body and mind, yoga is one of the best activities you could choose to combat the stresses of everyday life. Often wrongly overlooked as a ‘proper’ workout, yoga can strengthen, relax, energise and stretch your body and mind. Start with simple, easy poses – this will give you a chance to warm up your body, and get the energy flowing before attempting the more strenuous poses.
Going for a run has long been associated as a stress buster and this is due to a combination of it being so accessible, low cost and its ability to get you out into the fresh air. Running is a sport that will improve your overall fitness at a fast rate and also has added benefits such as reduced anxiety levels, increased confidence and improved body image.
One of the most popular activities in the fitness world in recent years is High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. The theory is based around short, intense bursts of exercise with rests in between – you only need between 15 and 30 minutes for the class to be effective. For example, sprinting for a minute followed by two minutes of walking, repeated five times, would be a brilliant 15-minute workout. Perfect for the lunch break!
A real gem of an activity, swimming is a sport for all ages and abilities. Swimming is a low impact exercise, but will work almost every muscle in your body without putting your joints under stress. It is an excellent all-round workout which will give a wide range of health benefits as well as being a great form of physical rehabilitation. Open water swimming often requires a higher level of strength, so it may be wise to build up your strength and confidence in the lanes of an indoor pool.
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