LET’S GET FISCAL
WITH SO MANY FITNESS OPTIONS OUT THERE, IT’S OFTEN YOUR WALLET, NOT YOUR WAISTLINE, THAT’S LEFT FEELING LIGHTER. HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO EXERCISE THAT DON’T COST A THING
Gyms, trainers, supplements — they all cost money and sometimes we just don’t have it to spare. Don’t get discouraged! Before you give up on your fitness goals for another year, take a look at these workout ideas. The best thing about them? They’re all absolutely free.
1. BODYWEIGHT TRAINING
It isn’t just free weights and treadmills that can sculpt the body of your dreams. Good oldfashioned bodyweight exercises like the sit-up and push-up have everything you need to build muscle and burn fat. Simply setting up a circuit of bodyweight exercises including push-ups, sit-ups and squats can give you an intense full-body workout. Start with three sets of 10 reps on each and go from there.
2. DITCH THE CAR
The majority of us spend so long in the car each day we forget we can walk places. Swapping the car for our legs can be a great way to add low-intensity exercise to our routines. Not only is walking a great activity to do with family and friends, it has been shown to have beneficial effects on depression and heart health. The same goes for cycling, rowing or any other exercise you can do to move you from pointatob.
3. PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS
There are so many things you can do as a family to make workouts fun. Maybe play football in the garden or go for a hike somewhere scenic. Make it your goal to tire the kids out and you will know you have done a good job and burnt a tonne of calories to boot.
4. TAKE THE STAIRS
We waste potential fat-burning opportunities every day when we choose to use elevators or grab a taxi to drive a kilometre. When we consciously decide to take the stairs or find our own way somewhere we can lose weight effortlessly with no extra time invested. Each day challenge yourself to avoid what is “easy”.
5. USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
When most of us think of exercise equipment we immediately visualise expensive weight sets and space-age machines. The fact is a lot of the best workout equipment is absolutely free for you to use. How about the bench in your garden that would be perfect for incline push-ups? Once you open your eyes to the possibilities of using unorthodox equipment you will imagine yourself working out everywhere. The world really does become your gymnasium. Light funds don’t have to stop you from getting a rockin’ bod. Mix these tips with your own creativity and see what unique workouts you can come up with.
“WE WASTE POTENTIAL FATBURNING OPPORTUNITIES EVERY DAY WHEN WE CHOOSE TO USE ELEVATORS OR GRAB A TAXI...”
KELLY RENNIE Kelly is a personal trainer, mother and author of Busy Mum Syndrome. She specialises in online training programs for busy mums, which have earned praise from Kate Middleton.