If you have started the new year with that uncomfortable feeling – the one where your clothes aren’t fitting as nicely as they did before Christmas – you are not alone.
Many of us go into the new year carrying a little extra weight. So, Christmas got the better of us, we drank, we laughed, and we enjoyed the festivities. It was all fun and games at the time but now the regret has set in and we are all debating buying the next size up in our jeans.
If you are ready to shake off those pounds, there are several ways you can get fit so long as you have a bit of discipline and determination. Exercise is often looked on as a chore, but it can actually be incredibly fun, soothing and beneficial for more reasons than just weight loss.
No matter if you’re looking to get into fitness yourself, or help others achieve their fitness goals, there are online fitness courses to help. From improving your strength to practising mindfulness and mastering breathing exercises, the options are almost endless!
Why Is Fitness Important?
There are so many advantages to getting and staying fit. From helping us to look and feel good to enhancing our mindset and even saving us money, it’s well worth starting an exercise regime that we enjoy and will stick to for years to come.
In terms of our health, getting fit and being physically active on a regular basis helps promote strong muscles and bones. Not only that but your respiratory, cardiovascular, and overall health improves. Fitness is also directly linked to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, so it’s no surprise fitness helps to increase your life expectancy.
You may be wondering how on earth being fit can help you save money, something we all need after spending so much over Christmas. While most of our healthcare is covered on the NHS, there are certain illnesses and diseases that can lead to poor dental health, which isn’t covered. So, to avoid hefty dental bills, staying active is a great way to maintain your oral health too!
Staying active and healthy also increases your resilience and reduces the risk of injury. Your mindset and mental wellbeing can also receive a boost as exercise and various fitness activities can give you a sense of purpose, achievement and perspective. For instance, climbing mountains is a rewarding experience that provides a sense of accomplishment, as well as an unbelievable view!
What Fitness Courses Can I Study Online?
There are a huge range of fitness courses you can study depending on what your interests are and how you prefer to learn. If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge of sport, exercise, and fitness styles from the comfort of home, online fitness courses provide the most flexibility.
At Stonebridge Associated Colleges, you can enrol on online fitness courses that focus on specific types of exercise, fitness, and nutrition courses and those that help you become a fitness instructor. There are even online fitness courses that help you explore fascinating areas of sport that you can take into a career.
Enhance your mind, body and spirit with online yoga courses that will teach you the ins and outs of this ancient practice. With Stonebridge, you can study:
Yoga – Master everything from the breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that help you find your inner peace to the differences between Hatha, Astanga, Iyengar Yoga and more.
Yoga Teacher – Learn all about the practice of yoga and how to pass on your knowledge to others as a Yoga Teacher through technique demonstration, class management and session planning.
Yoga in Health – Gain a deeper understanding of the many ways yoga practice can improve health, from relieving emotional stress to alleviating insomnia and sciatica. Perfect for those looking for exercises for lower back pain!
Pilates is one of the popular low impact exercises that use controlled movement to enhance overall fitness and wellbeing while strengthening the entire body. If you are looking for a more fun way to exercise, Pilates is a good option as it often requires the use of exercise equipment like pulley systems, springs and other apparatus that can make the workout more enjoyable and engaging.
As an exercise that people of all ages and abilities can partake in, Pilates is not only a great way to meet people, but also a great way to earn a living from fitness. With Stonebridge, you can study an online Pilates Trainer Professional course that will bring you up to speed with everything you need to teach a Pilates class.
A lesser-known form of fitness in the western world but one that is equally as mindful is Chi-Kung, otherwise known as Qigong. This is another gentle exercise that is focused on breathing, though it also incorporates coordinated movement, poses and meditation, to stimulate the flow of chi through the body.
This can be greatly beneficial for your health and spirituality, but it is also widely practised in preparation for martial arts training. If this is of interest to you, this online Chi-Kung course breaks down the main elements of Chi-Kung into eight manageable units. From retaining energy loss to internal exercises and immortal breathing exercises, you will have all you need to delve into this fitness regime.
Diet, Exercise and Fitness
We all know that you can’t outrun a bad diet, but with the many myths and misconceptions surrounding diet and nutrition, it can be hard to know what’s right and wrong. That’s why this online Diet, Exercise and Fitness course comes at it from all angles. So, all bases are covered in your education and you know you are moving in the right direction to health and weight loss success.
Through a diverse range of modules, you will cover:
- Improving Fitness and Activity
- Measurement in Health and Fitness
- Planning a Fitness and Training Programme
- Safety in Exercise
- Anatomy and Physiology
- The Digestive System
- Exercise and Diet for Chronic Disease Prevention
With this knowledge and more, you will be well equipped to make a substantial lifestyle change for improved health. As well as provide support in this manner to anyone you work with in a fitness capacity.
Other Online Fitness Courses
In addition to the above online fitness courses, Stonebridge Associated Colleges offer a host of others geared at specific areas of sports, fitness related careers and those that will enable you to study sport and fitness at university.
You can study niche sports related courses in:
- Sports Psychology
- Sports Physiology
- Sports Electro-Therapy
- Sports Injuries
- Sports Massage
Or you could opt for career related courses such as:
- Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner
- Sports Coaching
- Personal Fitness Trainer
Alternatively, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science) is equivalent to three A Levels and will enable you to study fitness and sports related degrees at university. Browse all of the above and more on our website.
Study Fitness Via Distance Learning
No matter your area of interest, there are online fitness courses related to every goal. Whether you want to take on a new fitness hobby, become a personal trainer or study the body’s reaction to exercise so you can design the next ground-breaking exercise bike, you can start building your knowledge online.
Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. By working with industry experts and accrediting bodies, our distance learning courses provide you with the knowledge required to become a success in your area of interest.
By choosing online fitness courses, you open yourself to a completely flexible method of study. Without classrooms or timetables, your study schedule is in your hands. So there’s no worry about fitting your education around your lifestyle, just log on and learn when it suits.
You will also benefit from flexible payment methods and dedicated online tutor support. Find out more by calling our Course Executives today, they can discuss the fitness courses mentioned above as well as the others we have on offer. As well as the benefits you receive by becoming a student with us.