Fri 27 Jun, 2014

5 Ways to Use Your House to Get Fit


The gym is a space packed full of equipment designed to help you reach your fitness goals whatever they may be, but there are times when getting yourself to the gym on a regular basis can be challenging. When getting to the gym is unlikely for the day, you can use common items and areas of your house to cram in a workout. Here’s how.

Step it up on the Stairs

If your home has stairs, get using them. Warm up by walking up and down them for a few minutes, then increase this to a (careful) jog. You can use the bottom steps for push ups and also for plank step ups. Plank step ups are an amazing workout; start at the bottom of the steps in a high plank position with your hands on the ground just below the bottom step. Start to walk up and down the steps with your hands and keep the rest of your body in the plank position (straight back, feet together and core pulled in).

Be a Couch Potato..Sort Of

The sofa can be transformed from a place of R&R to a great workout station. Use the sofa to work the triceps with tricep dips. Sit at the end of the sofa and place your hands on the edge and then move your body forwards until your hips are hovering in the air. Slowly start to move your body down and then up again – 3 sets of 18 everyday will make a real difference over time.

Have a Lie In

We all wake up wishing we could stay in bed for an extra 10 minutes, and with this workout there is finally good reason to! Your bed is a good sized area that supports your whole body, so it can be the perfect place to perform some exercises. Use your bed for leg workouts, from seated lifts, side lifts, laying leg lifts and more to tone legs from the comfort of your bed!

Take a Seat at the Kitchen Table

A seat at the kitchen table can be so much more than just a place to sit and eat. Take a sturdy chair and the possibilities for workouts are numerous! Check out this video for instructions on how to use the kitchen chair as part of your daily fitness routine.

Take it to the Garden

Your garden can be a workout haven – even a good day’s gardening session will burn calories and get you stretching and using those muscles in all kinds of ways. Use the outside space to your advantage – skipping is a fantastic workout so grab a rope and go for it!

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