Which sports are best to tone certain parts of the body? We asked coach and fitness expert, Sam Murphy, for her top choices…
Best for: a firmer bottom
Why? Lunging, reaching and sprinting means your glutes (bum muscles) are rarely let off the hook!
Tips: Keep moving around the court as much as possible. Even better, add 10 minutes with a ball machine onto each session for better coordination and hitting skills.
Body bonus: Fabulous aerobic workout
Best for: All-round shapely arms
Why? This sport is a real all-rounder, but really works the upper body, giving you that strong, sexy V-shape figure. Open water (try your local swimming beach or lake) is ideal for steady rhythm, with no lane hoggers or turns every 25m.
Tips: Mix up strokes, freestyle and backstroke are the best toners.
Body bonus: The support of the water makes this exercise kind to the joints.
Best for: Trimming the waistline
Why? Golf is great for building core strength. Plus, swings help to trim the waist.
Tips: Master your swing by heading to your nearest driving range. Carry or pull your bag to burn even more kilojoules.
Body bonus: It’s excellent for strengthening the trunk, plus toning the arms and legs. Also, hours spent in the fresh air is a great stress buster.
Sport: Nordic walking
Best for: Targeting the upper arms
Why? The full extension of the arm when swinging the pole backwards engages tricep muscles and helps to tone up any flabby bits.
Tips: Use Nordic walking poles, which are longer than hiking poles. The length is determined by your height, and they come with gloves for an easy grip. Let your torso and upper body naturally rotate as you stride.
Body bonus: It burns 20% more energy than brisk, no pole walking.
Best for: Toning those thighs
Why? Cycling works every muscle below the belt, especially the thighs.
Tips: Short, frequent rides will get you used to being back in the saddle. Set gears so you can turn the pedals without too much resistance, to keep your cadence fast.
Body bonus: Cycling is low impact, but burns over 2 000 kilojoules an hour, even at a moderate 20km/h pace.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!