So you want to get fit and lose weight? You’ve tried Zumba, Boot Camp, PX90, Yoga and all the other trends but have you thought about Polo? Yes, that’s the right, that of the horse variety that has a reputation of only being for the rich and famous.
Polo is one of the best workouts you can get and is particularly good for those core muscles. Whilst playing polo you work almost the entire body. Playing Polo is very much high intensity interval training, which is one of the most effective methods of losing body fat. In Polo you have short bursts of all out energy followed by breathers and then it all repeats. This type of training will not only burn calories during exercise but hours after it.
During an intense workout like this the body cannot get enough oxygen to the muscles, which creates a debt of oxygen that must be regained after finishing your workout. This means that your metabolism is still revved up hours after leaving the gym.
An hour of polo will burn off in excess of 600 calories so you don’t have to deprive yourself of all the foodie things you enjoy as long as you don’t eat them in excess. High intensity interval training will help you lose weight but not muscle giving you a lean and mean physique. Just check out how good all the top players look!
Here’s the good bit, playing Polo is so much fun that you don’t feel the pain to get the gain and you will certainly never get bored of this workout. What’s more an average polo lesson costs about £60 which is around about the same price as a personal trainer!
Polo is incredibly social too, so you will make new friends. The social scene is fantastic and not just at your local club. It’s a very small but international community so before long you will find yourself jetting off to warmer climes to indulge your passion for your new found sport. Argentina being the most popular of all the destinations due to Polo being one of the most popular sports there and the array of wonderful places to play.
So no more dreading your workouts, dragging yourself to the gym when watching the TV might be much more appealing, give your local polo club a call and get started. You don’t even have to have ever ridden to give it a try.