Postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics include 49 athletics events, including a new event; the mixed 4 x 400-metre relay. Athletics is the most important and well-represented discipline in the Summer Olympics and the one-year delay means that new European athletes will be in the spotlight.
Comprising a variety of challenges, combining bodyweight exercises, weight training and fitness workouts, cross-training can be practised at home. To get off to a good start and create your first WOD, learn a few basic exercises, such as air squats, burpees and dips. Then, take it to the next level with a machine like NordicTrack’s Fusion CST, which is designed to help you achieve a complete workout combining strength and cardio training.
In February, many seasonal activities can be chosen to liven up your sporting holiday: Kite-surfing or sand yachting if you are going to the seaside, snow-shoeing, inland hiking, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding or free-riding in the mountains. Choose an out-of-the-way destination, go outside of the school holidays and consider following a physical preparation programme to fully enjoy your winter stay.
Doing 10 to 15 minutes of stretching after a muscle strengthening session helps you to relax and promotes muscle recovery. Just make sure you don’t stretch after an intense session and that you do dynamic stretching before training so as not to injure yourself. Incorporate a series of static stretches held for 20 seconds at the end of your strength training session and some dynamic stretches during the warm-up.
Stretching can be of great help in limiting the appearance of aches and pains after a bike ride. Choose stretches that mainly target the lower body muscle groups and wait at least 12 hours after the bike ride: cold stretching will bring more benefits and avoid weakening the muscles after an intense workout.
Yoga is a gentle discipline that can be practised at home at any age and with little equipment: a yoga mat is all you need to get started. Hatha yoga is the best-known form of yoga, but you can also opt for Yin yoga to relax or Vinyasa yoga, a dance-like yoga similar to cardio. Many postures are easy to perform for beginners. You will quickly feel the benefits of yoga: relaxation, flexibility improvement…
Scheduled between Friday, July 23rd and Sunday, August 8th, 2021, the Summer Olympics in Japan were initially scheduled for 2020. They will be followed by the Paralympics. The arrival of new events, such as baseball, karate, softball, sport climbing and even skateboarding, will be a joy to all sports fans.
Having muscular calves helps improve physical endurance, something that is particularly important when cycling, walking or running, for example. Strengthening your calves is also a good way to avoid sports injuries. Start a 21-day challenge with exercises that target this region and then persevere in your efforts by adopting new habits to maintain well-rounded calves.
Cardio-training activities help improve sports performance and are very beneficial to health. Choose 3 to 5 cardio exercises that are easy to do anywhere without equipment and challenge yourself with increasingly intense sessions for 30 days. To be successful, adapt the number of repetitions and the speed of training sessions to your physical condition.
Jumping jacks are an explosive bodyweight exercise involving 2 dynamic jumps. They engage various muscle groups, involve cardio work and help to burn calories. Make jumping jacks a part of a 30-day fitness challenge to get back in shape and lose weight while having fun. How many jumping jacks can you do at the end of the challenge?
Physical exercise is important for everyone’s health, especially for children. To encourage them to play sports and have a good time with their families, develop training circuits to be carried out together, and why not include music? By inventing a story or by creating a game, they will be experienced as moments of pleasure and not as a chore.
For a successful winter sports holiday, find out about the activities on offer in each resort. Draw up a training plan with cardio and muscle-building exercises to get back into shape. Use the right equipment adapted to keep you warm during the sport. Take care of your diet without forgetting to hydrate yourself and warm-up well every morning before working out.