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7 Fun & Easy Ways to Stay in Shape at Home

10 September 2019
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No gym membership? No problem! Here are seven fun and easy ways to stay in shape – all in the comfort of your own home.

1. Do bodyweight exercises

Bodyweight exercises don’t require any special equipment. You can start right where you are, just as you are. Some of the best bodyweight exercises include push-ups, planks, squats, and lunges. Take a look at this BuzzFeed article for ideas on how to mix and match basic moves to create a DIY bodyweight workout.

2. Start your own challenge

Once you’ve aced your form and are feeling confident with a variety of moves, why not start your own exercise challenge? This can be a goal you set yourself over a period of time, such as an aim to do 60 reps of any bodyweight exercise for 60 days. You could even use social media to document your #BodyweightChallenge and encourage your friends to join in as well.

3. Make it a game

Cleaning is a surprisingly great way to keep fit, but it’s certainly not the most fun. To turn your next cleaning spree into an energizing calorie-burning game, simply put on a song and see how much you can accomplish before it ends. This will amp up the pace and hopefully motivate you to keep leveling up as you make your way around the house. You could even turn it into a dance party, breaking out your best moves as you go along.

4. Use what you have

Staying in shape at home is all about using the ‘props’ you have around you. Just take a look at how this mom uses laundry baskets to perform her workout. You could use a chair to perform step-ups or tricep dips, the couch for hip thrusters and flutter kicks, and some pillows for ab twists or reverse crunches. If you don’t have any dumbbells on hand, reuse those empty plastic bottles by filling them with water or sand. The key is to get creative!

5. Take it outside

If it’s a beautiful day out, why not get active in your very own backyard? Jumping jacks and skipping ropes are two easy exercise options, or you could try this simple but effective cardio workout, created by www.coachmag.co.uk:

  • Complete one minute of mountain climbers. When the minute is up, run to the furthest point in your garden (preferably ±20 metres) and perform ten burpees.
  • Run back to your starting point and go straight into another minute of mountain climbers. When the minute is up, run to your position and complete nine burpees.
  • Repeat this until you get down to one burpee. Time how long it takes you to complete this and see if you can cut it down over time.

6. Stay active in your downtime

If you love watching telly, then you’ll be happy to know it is possible to stay in shape while catching up on your favourite shows! Try sitting in the squat position for as long as possible, or do seated couch exercises during the ad breaks. Here are six great ab exercises to try while lounging on the couch. But do try to avoid sitting for long periods at a time, as this increases your risk of weight gain and chronic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

7. Use online resources

Staying in shape is often equated with expensive trainers and gym contracts, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to the Internet, we have a wealth of resources right at our fingertips. Whether you’re looking for inspirational fitness quotes, fun workout ideas or helpful how-to guides, you’re guaranteed to find it all online. YouTube is especially great for sourcing fitness tutorials that will help you on your road to healthy living. Press play and get moving!

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