Autumn has officially arrived bringing with it falling leaves, darker evenings and dropping temperatures.
If you're anything like us here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, there's nothing you want to do less than go for a run right now. So we've compiled a list of unusual exercises to help give your regime a boost.
Although we are safely out of bikini season, it's good to keep your fitness routine up before Christmas rolls around and you find yourself slumped on the sofa in pyjamas in a Terry's-chocolate-orange induced coma.
From Laughter Yoga to Zumba club nights, we've scoured the country for the latest and greatest. Enjoy...
<a href="http://www.unitedmind.co.uk/clubs.php">Laughter Yoga</a> combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Gymbox have launched A-GROW-BICS, the world’s first workout guaranteed to make you taller – or your money back. The class features a range of exercises designed to induce human growth, including a session on a 15th Century-inspired rack. The workout is pioneered by Gymbox trainer Pierre Pozzuto, who has grown an inch and a half since beginning the techniques.
willPower and grace
It is a barefoot, cardiovascular high-energy group exercise class that involves a formatted fusion of postures and drills. Both a foot-fitness conditioning program and a workout, it is as philosophical as it is physical. The class, set to high energy music, integrates barefoot training methods designed to strengthen feet while progressively correcting imbalances in the ankles, knees and hips. Try it at <a href="http://www.virginactive.co.uk/press/2011/willpower-and-grace">Virgin Active Health Clubs</a>
Inspired by aerial circus art and Vinyasa Yoga, the silk hammock is hung from the ceiling and used to suspend participants into seemingly impossible yoga postures. The class begins with simple poses like downward dog, lunge and warrior, but uses the soft trapeze as a prop for an even deeper stretch. Then it progresses into more challenging postures like hanging diamonds, handstands and the inverted yogi, to create a weightless alignment that strengthens muscles and releases pressure from compressed joints. Try it at <a href="http://www.virginactive.co.uk/press/2011/willpower-and-grace">Virgin Active Health Clubs</a>
Zumba Fitness Party in the nightclub
Zumba fitness, the global multimedia brand that has fused fitness, entertainment and culture into a dance party lifestyle, is becoming hotter than ever as Zumba classes launched at London’s iconic Pacha to create the ultimate Zumba fitness-party in one of the hottest nightclubs in the world. Says Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba Fitness, LLC. “Not only are Zumba classes the perfect complement to the nightclub atmosphere – lights, sound, heart-pumping music – but nightclubs present tremendous job opportunities for Zumba instructors while helping nightclub owners to fill space during off hours. We are excited to introduce our instructors a new opportunity to market their classes to nightclub owners and this event with Pacha is the perfect example.” Zumba Fitness Party at <a href="www.pachalondon.com">Pacha </a>– takes place on Friday 26th October at 7pm and 8pm – tickets will be available through <a href="http://www.ticketabc.com/">www.ticketabc.com</a>
Golden Lane Sport and Fitness Centre, based in the city of London runs weekly <a href="http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Golden_Lane_Sport_and_Leisure">Urban Gym classes</a>, which allow you to get fit whilst taking in the sites of London. Using every day street furniture such as steps, benches and railings as exercise equipment, the classes will add a new dimension to outdoor exercise.
The perfect class for new Mum’s looking to get back in to exercise in a friendly and sociable environment, <a href="ttp://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/South_Charnwood_Leisure_Centre/home">Buggy Fit</a> incorporates gentle outdoor exercise with your buggy in tow and can be a great way to get fitness back on your agenda and in to your everyday routine. Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex
Bounce - social ping pong
Traditionally a parlour game, ping pong is stepping into the 21st century with style and what better way to exercise than with friends in a social setting. <a href="http://www.bouncelondon.co.uk/">Bounce</a> will be Europe’s first ‘Social Ping Pong Club’, taking inspiration from the explosion of stylish table tennis social venues stateside and the huge resurgence of interest in the game within the UK over the last few years.
Exercising just got a lot more fun with Hulacise classes, a combination of exercises to tone and strengthen the core muscles using a hula hoop and set to upbeat dance music. Brilliant for burning the calories as well as shaping the body, Hulacise is arguably the most fun you can have in the gym! <a href="http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/South_Charnwood_Leisure_Centre/home">Try it out at South Charnwood Leisure Centre</a>