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The A to Z of exercise options

If you are looking to find a new exercise then Mersea Road Clinic have developed an A to Z of ideas.

If you want to try something new, then this exercise alphabet may give you some ideas and if done in the right way, may also help provide the following health benefits:


Aerobics: Increases size and strength of the heart, reduces resting heart rate and reduces risk of heart disease

Badminton: Improves balance and co-ordination and can boost upper body strength, core stability and stamina.

Cycling: Helps you lose weight, reduces stress and improves overall fitness.

Dancing: Improves condition of the heart and lungs and increases muscular strength, endurance and fitness

Exercise: Regular exercise can help you live longer and reduces the chances of developing serious diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Football: Increases aerobic capacity and improves cardiovascular health.

Golf: Develops fitness by improving muscle tone and endurance and can help you lose weight and body fat.

Hiking: Builds strength in the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in the hips and lower legs and strengthens the core.

Ice skating: Easy on the joints because it’s low impact, and improves balance and coordination.

Jogging: Stress release and helps reduce body fat levels.

Kick boxing: works all major muscle groups in a fun and energetic way and improves balance, coordination, flexibility and self-confidence.

Lunges: Strengthen the buttocks and legs.

Meditation: Lowers high blood pressure, decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems.

Netball: Improves upper body strength and helps to improve hand-eye co-ordination.

Orienteering: Challenges the mind and helps build self-esteem.

Pilates: Helps improve flexibility, muscle strength and tone.

Quidditch: Builds cardio fitness and a great way to build up both throwing and catching skills.

Rowing: Burns calories rapidly and increases total-body muscular strength and endurance.

Swimming: One of the most effective all round exercises for toning muscles.

Tennis: Tennis is a whole-body workout, great calorie burner and improves coordination and balance.

Ultimate Frisbee: Increases agility, all round fitness and mood.

Vacuum: Cleaning the house is still exercise especially if you concentrate on controlling your core whilst doing so.

Walking: Increases cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones, reduces excess body fat, and boosts muscle power and endurance.

Xtreme sport: Not for everyone but can improve self-confidence whilst burning excess calories and toning a multitude of muscles.

Yoga: Improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, perfects posture and protects the spine.

Zumba: Weight loss, body toning, upbeat and fun.

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