Taking Up Photography to Improve Fitness

Manchester and Lancashire have many areas that are very photogenic, and some of these places are only possible to reach with a good amount of walking – an often overlooked but amazing exercise with one of the most health benefits compared to other forms of exercise. One of the easiest ways to getting fitter and doing more exercise is to take up a hobby that includes some form of exercise, especially if you don’t have to think about it. Photography is one such hobby. Below is a curated selection of cameras to help you get out there and start taking pics and getting fit!

Upgrade your mobile

But not with your network (if possible). It usually works out cheaper in the long run to buy mobiles out-right and the get a sim only plan. One of the best phone makers on tha merket today is Nokia, providing excellent camera phones at good prices. My pick is the Nokia 7.2 (click the image to buy)

Upgrade FROM your mobile

It is well worth investing in a true camera, and one of the best and easiest to use is the Olympus OM-D Mark 4. You WILL notice the difference in your images, plus you have the option of many different lenses that will give you different abilities. Cameras on phones are still no match for Oly’s (click the image to buy)

The Best Games Console for Fitness

Local Croronavirus Spikes mean there is the reuglar possibility of local lockdown’s in Manchester, Bolton and other areas around the North West. This can make maintaining fitness or starting fitness a little more difficult. While local lockdowns in Manchester usually mean you cannot visit other peoples houses and certain public spaces like gyms, you can usually still go to parks and other open spaces.

As winter is coming and that usally means lots of rain in Manchester one of the better ways of keeping fit (aside from a personal trainer :)) is to use technology, and video games are proving immensley popular.

The clear winner is the Nintendo Switch with the Ring Fit Adventure, I have it myself and can confirm it is super. It is such a great way to get into exercise and maintain fitness levels.

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Click the image to buy

But the Switch has other great fitness related titles as well. Here is a quick look at some of my faves:

Fitness Boxing

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Just Dance

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Zumba

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3 Top Places to Walk or Go Running In / Near Manchester

The beauty of living in Lancashire is the abundance of places to go walking or running which just happen to be the best ways for starting and maintaining good fitness. Going for a walk or run is a great way to start losing weight and just improving overall physical and mental health. Below I will reveal my top 3 places for walking or running, including Lanacshires very own secret Japanese Garden and the Norths only Wetland. All images taken on the Nokia 9 Pureview Smartphone which you can buy here.

Clifton Country Park

Clifton Country park may not seem like much at first, but start walking left as you reach the lake and soon you will come up on the small and secret ‘Manchester Beach’ . The trek around the entire lake represents a decent walk and a good run. Be sure to do as many ‘laps’ as possible and for anyone interested in building muscle, try completing walking lunches all the way around.

Rivington Terrace Gardens

Type Rvinington Terrace gardens into google maps and make sure you arrive at entrance C. This will give you the chance to climb up to the terrace gardens – this will not only reward you with a very good exercise, but also some fantastic views. Be warned it is very steep and a long trek, but the rewards are great. Try not to miss anything out when you reach the Gardens, and make the most of all the stairs!

Kersal Wetlands

Park by the casino and you can go straight into the wetlands, or go further and go through Kersal Dale for a more adventurous trek through some pleasant surroundings. Kersal Wetlands are perfect for walking, running and biking. Again try to complete as many laps around the wetlands as possible, and for strength training make sure to include walking lunges.

Trips out to these places and more included in all regular personal training plans

Vintage Gaming Technology to help you be fit – Wii U

The Wii U was one of the most underrated fitness gadgets ever. But you can still grab one and on the cheap to add something more to your fitness routine.

No other fitness game or technology is as easy to get into and as fun as Nintendo’s Wii Fit U. I can’t recommend any other product that will help you in your fitness goals. It has helped many already and brought families together as a unit rather than all separately watching their own TV shows in different rooms. If you don’t have a Wii U then get one here. 
 Not only is it good for fitness, but you can pick up a free copy of brain training plus future releases like Art Academy to teach everyone how to draw. It is cheap to run, only using the fraction of energy compared to most current gen consoles on the market.

Wii Fit U

It’s time to get fit and take your exercise to the next level! Play Wii Fit U and check out a range of great new exercises that use the Wii U GamePad, Wii Balance Board or both, as well as some of the exercises you already know from Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. Available exclusively for Wii U, you’ll experience a work out that is as engaging and fun as it is effective when you buy Wii Fit U. Thanks to the unique combination of the Wii Balance Board and incredible Wii U GamePad controller, you’ll be able to take in all sorts of body training activities.In this release, Wii Fit U offers everything that made the original title a success but brings in new elements that improve on the series. Now, you can do activities and exercises without your TV using the GamePad, pretty handy if the main living room screen is in use! In addition, use the controller to run a Body Test, check your progress and keep track of your results and weight, as well as add photographs with the integrated camera that will help you chart your physical development.

You can pick up the game and the Balance Board, then you can play Wii Fit U games like Dessert Course, which challenges you to take steps and balance desserts using the GamePad like a tray. In Core Luge, you’ll need to sit on the board and tilt to negotiate the icy course, while Trampoline Target will ask you to lean carefully and land your character at the centre of the trampoline. The TV will show what height your Mii character is reaching, while the GamePad offers a bird’s-eye view on its integrated second screen.

Extra Games for Fitness on Wii U

Not only are there a multitude of fitness games and activity games like just dance, but you can also pick up games to teach you how to draw, such as Art Academy. You can also download many, many brain training games to keep your mental health as tight as your physical health.

Best of luck with your fitness, whether you go to the gym, diy or with a personal trainer!

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