BX Plans, Pilates and Yoga: the ‘oldest’ trends in home fitness


Lockdown has certainly brought some new and interesting ways of living into our lives that is forcing many of us to find inventive ways to workout. As many people have more time on their hands becoming fitter has never been more relevant. There are a few hidden gems loved by celebrities and the public at large that have been used behind closed doors in intimate quiet spaces for decades. BX Plans, Pilates and Yoga are without a doubt the grandfathers of fitness who have shaped our ‘get fit’ culture into what it is today – and here’s why.

There are many ways to keep the body moving without the need for a gym or fancy equipment. All that is needed is a little dedication to exercise a few times a week or daily if you are ready for the challenge. First up is a fitness plan originally created in the 1950s by Dr Bill Oban for Canadian air force pilots called 5BX Plans. As many pilots are sedentary or inactive for long periods of time, the need to exercise was crucial. Dr Oban’s solution was the creation of 5 basic exercises that create peak fitness. Loved for its ease and practicality the 5BX Plans Handbook became a worldwide bestseller with 23 million copies of the book being sold in 13 languages. Fast forward 70 years and it is still loved by many including high profile celebrities such as Helen Mirren, and members of the Royal family.

BX Plans Fitness is available for men, women and children. The XBX fitness plan for women has 8 exercises that takes 12-minutes a day, and the men’s 5BX Plan includes 5 basic exercises. The publisher of BX Plans is currently giving customers access to a free download of the men’s or women’s fitness plan as part of their, “Get the World Fit for Free” campaign. For those who prefer a printed copy the A5 full colour illustrated book regularly priced £12.99 is free with only the price of postage to pay. Visit: www.bxplans-uk.com and quote BXFREE at checkout to receive a printed A5 men’s or women’s book and only pay for postage priced £3.99 per book.

Next on the list, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, is Pilates a high-conditioning form of exercise that is close to one hundred years old. Following on from the health movements of the latter part of the nineteenth century it aims to strengthen the body with special emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness. Pilates called his method Contrology, because he believed that one could use the mind to control the muscles. Today Pilates is reported to be practised by millions of people around the world and it is loved by high profile celebrities like Madonna who combines both Pilates and Yoga into her workout routines. Pilates was created to produce optimum health and it can easily be done at home. You will need a mat and minimal equipment for strength resistance exercises. Just remember to stay true to the original ethos of the exercises that incorporate deep breathing, concentration, and focus on the abdominal muscles and lower back.

Finally, the oldest of them all – Yoga. Researchers estimate that Yoga may be almost 10,000 years old but modest guesses suggest an age of 5000 years which is still impressive. It is not only a wonderful way to keep fit, it is also a way of life. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India. Great for all ages the strength training it offers helps to keep bones strong and the mind quiet. It can be practised anywhere like in the tranquility of a peaceful garden, or in one’s bedroom or living room.

So, there you have it. The oldest trends in home fitness with minimal cost and fuss. Which one will you choose?

If you would like to give Pilates or Yoga a try Need2Know Books have essential guides with instructive information for both workout plans. Customers can get a free book and simply pay for shipping priced £3.99 per book. Quote N2K2 at checkout. Visit: need2knowbooks.co.uk.

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