Who needs a gym membership when you've got these great ways to keep fit?
When the temperature outside is sub-zero or its pouring with rain, what can you do to get some exercise, especially if you don’t have the luxury of a gym membership.
Here are 10 ideas for ways you can exercise indoors at home for free or on the cheap.
1. Skipping Rope
Yes - like we used to have in the school playground! Not just for little girls, skipping ropes are fantastic for a quick cardio workout. See if you can do a minute and then work up from there - your calves will ache the next day I promise!
And eBay do some cheap ones too!
2. Climb the stairs
Stair stepping is a great exercise, and can work even if you don’t have a set of stairs available. Find the biggest study book you own (or a sturdy chair), put it in front of the TV, and start stepping up and down. Calorie wise its not as much of a burner as the skipping rope, but its an easy way of fitting in a bit of movement - while catching up on the latest Netflix series! Or ditch the lift and walk up those stairs at least once a day – bonus points if you live on the top floor!
3. The plank
Build up your core with a time saving plank. Get into a press up position but instead of bending your arms and moving up and down towards the floor, simply hold the position with your arms extended (or with elbows and forearms on the floor - whatever’s most comfortable).
First time round, aim for 30 seconds and then you can add 10 seconds every day. It’s a bit of a killer (you’ll feel it the next day!) but is brilliant for core strength.
Get lunging in your room or even down the hallway - that’ll get your legs burning quickly. Grab a couple of cans of beans and hold these in your hands to make the lunges more challenging.
Yes I know.....but cleaning can be pretty physical, especially hoovering or mopping. Look at it this way, at least you kill two birds with one stone (and in a shared flat, your flatmates will be over the moon!).
6. Water bottle weights
Got no free weights but want to strengthen your arms, shoulders and back? Then how about making your own weights by filling up water bottles. To make it harder, increase the amount of water in the bottle just a little bit each time.
7. High Knees
Running inside isn’t really advisable - but running on the spot doesn’t seem to increase the heart rate much either. Instead bring your knees up as high as they can go......for as long as you can! And try it at double time to see how much you sweat!
8. Jumping Jacks
This is another school PE lesson throwback, but a great cardio workout all the same. If you’re watching TV, why not get up during the ad break and do a round of jumping jacks. This might be amusing in the communal lounge.....actually, you could encourage everyone to join in!
9. YouTube Workouts
There are tons of YouTube exercise routines to choose from and these are particularly good if you want to do a traditional workout with push ups, squats and crunches, but not sure about the correct technique. If you type in “workout” you’ll find a huge range to choose from, but here are some ideas if you get stuck
10. And finally...just dance!
Dancing is a great way to burn calories, and get your heart rate going while having loads of fun. If you’re in the privacy of your own room, there’s no need to look like a pro or impress anyone! Anyway, as the saying goes, “Dance like nobody’s watching.”