Active at Home

If gyms, dance halls, running tracks or playing fields aren’t for you or you find it hard to find the time to get active while juggling a busy home life- exercising at home could be the answer.

There are fitness apps and YouTube videos for every type of activity or exercise you can imagine.

Stairs, chairs and household objects can be used to create your own indoor circuit class. Or you could buy fitness DVDs or exercise equipment that matches the type of exercise you like to do – from high intensity training to instructor-led aerobics routines, indoor bikes to workouts with weight.

Why is it good for me?

Bodyweight exercises such as press ups, dips and wall sits are great for building strength and endurance in the chest, shoulders, core and legs.

We need a strong core for so much of everyday life and is great for aligning our bodies and preventing back injuries. A strong midriff helps with balance and stability, whether that’s whilst exercising or simply walking down the road, climbing stairs and lifting children – so it’s worth working on!

Incline press ups put less stress on your elbows and reduce the amount of weight you’re lifting so are a great way to build up to full press ups, and Russian twists are a good workout for the whole abdomen engaging all your core muscles.

Home exercise is also:

  • Flexible – You don’t have to work round gym or class times, and you can do it in the middle of the night.
  • Effective – a push-up or a cardio routine is just as tough in your LIVING ROOM as the gym
  • Adaptable – you can decide what works for you
  • Fun – you can mix it up as much as you like

How much does it cost?

Because you’re not paying for a gym membership, working out can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like, it can even be free – just utilize your surroundings! There are loads of household objects that can double up as workout equipment to be used for cardio and strength training. Some objects include walls, stairs and chairs.

You can also use workout videos to exercise. Find some great cheap DVDs, free workout video apps or use YouTube videos.