“No, summer is too hot for it.”, “Oh, my body is frozen in winter!” – we’ve heard too many times these excuses from people who are reluctant to exercise. If they really don’t want to do it in extreme seasons, autumn is probably the ‘best’ time where the temperature is neither boiling hot nor freezing cold. In fact, medium-intensity aerobic exercises are ideal for autumn. They not only slim us down but also strengthen our cardiovascular function and improve blood circulation, promoting our metabolism. Here are some suggested exercises:
Racquet sports (eg. badminton, ping-pong and squash)
They are fat-burning sports that help you lose weight while training all your muscles and joints, improving your figure.
10 minutes of rope skipping equals to 1 hour of running - it is the most ideal exercise to burn fat while training all your muscles and eliminating edema. But think twice if you have knee pain.
It’s a sport on the rise. One of the reasons being it offers check-in locations for the social media-savvy, the others include fortifying the muscles, joints and bones, improving blood circulation, preventing osteoporosis and delaying bone ageing. It also provides the right amount of intensity for weight loss if you keep doing it over a long period of time.
It’s an outdoor activity that serves 2 purposes: training the muscles in the lower part of the body and burning fat. In recent years, Hong Kong has built several cycling parks so why not take the wheel and try it out!
It not only helps prevent arteriosclerosis but also increase high-density lipoprotein, lower blood sugar level and maintain blood pressure level if three-highs patients do it for 9 consecutive months, research reports. In addition, jogging 3 times or more a week, each time for at least 30 minutes, can speed up the growth of brain cells and slow down the appearance of ageing symptoms. Some may think jogging is not strenuous enough for body slimming, but the truth is it uses our thigh muscles (quadriceps and hamstring tendon) and can burn fat if we jog for 30-40 minutes each time. Remember to stick to a pace that allows you to breathe smoothly or even talk to other people while jogging.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before doing any exercise:
Sonia Tsang – Senior Manager, Organization and People Development Division of a listed company; Founder and Executive Director of F8 Funding Limited