HOW TO GET IN SHAPE WITHOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE
It’s a feeling we are all too familiar with after Christmas – that bulge that makes it difficult to do up our jeans.
While it’s a nice reminder of the good times with friends and family, most of us don’t want it hanging around too long.
What if there was a way you could shape up without even leaving the house?
Exercising at home is not only possible, it’s fun, personalised and doesn’t have to take much time.
Sarah Spuffard, from YMCAfit in the UK, recommends incorporating small exercises whenever you can throughout the day.
“Maybe do 10 minutes in the morning and then 10 minutes in the afternoon; it doesn’t have to be in a full block,” she said.
“It’s better than not doing it at all. Even when you’re cleaning your teeth, you can do some small squats or knee-bends.”
Circuit training is another easy way to exercise in the comfort of your own home.
It’s basically a range of exercises that focus on different parts of the body.
“You can do little circuits at home,” Sarah said.
“Walk to one end of the living room, then march on the spot.
“Have a chair there so you can then do a few sit-to-stands – sit down with your arms stretched out in front of you, stand up with your arms still outstretched, then repeat.
“You can also do standing press-ups against the wall. It’s a good idea to do 10 of each and have a little rest in between.”
If you’ve got stairs you can do step-ups, or shuttle walks from one side of a room to another.
Or you could try bicep curls using a can of baked beans.
Then you can start to make things more challenging.
“Sit-to-stand could progress to a squat, then that could progress to a weighted squat where you hold something in your hands,” Sarah said.
“With a wall press-up, just step further away from the wall. I’d advise counting things too, for example, start by doing step-ups for a minute, then increase that.”
Make sure you are doing it with enough intensity. Your heart rate should be up, and you should be breathing heavier and sweating a little.
Yoga is another exercise option that doesn’t have to be done in a studio.