Exercise without leaving the house
Whether you’re too tired to leave the house, or you have a spare ten minutes in the evening, here a few ways to get some exercise in around the house:
Run up and down a flight of stairs as many times as you can. This can be at home or outdoors in the city. Stair climbing is a great workout as it’ll raise your heartrate and will strengthen the muscles in your legs and bum.
Vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, washing the car - jobs that all need to be done. So why not kill two birds with one stone, turn on some music and have an energetic, calorie-burning cleaning session!
Workout when you’re watching TV - if you’re lucky enough to have an exercise bike, plonk it in front of the TV and cycle away whilst watching TV. If not, why not try doing an exercise that you can easily do in front of the TV, like hula hooping, lunges or squats.
Make the most of advert breaks. Jog on the spot or see how many jumping jacks/sit-ups/push-ups you can do in the advert breaks.
Below are a few more suggestions of exercises you can do at home:
Jumping jacks - a great warm up and a good cardio workout. Aim for 10 minutes, but go at your own pace, increasing as and when you can.
Push-ups - great workout for building upper body strength. For beginners, try doing them on your knees. Do as many as you can and you’ll find that you can increase the amount you can do as time goes on.
Sit-ups / Crunches - great for working on your abs. You don’t need to sit all the way up, just go as far as you can. Aim for 9 - 12 reps per set, and 1 - 3 sets.*
Dancing - energetic dancing is great aerobic exercise and can also lift your mood. So turn up your favourite music and have a good dance.
*A rep is the number of times you perform a specific exercise, and a set is the number of cycles of reps that you complete.