So we’ve eaten more cheese than we thought possible and consumed enough brussel sprouts to keep us going until next Christmas, and now we’re feeling like we really should have gone for a few more post-lunch walks – when actually we’ve barely shifted off the sofa.
If you’ve got the same sluggish post-holiday feeling that we have, and are needing to get active, drop a couple of pounds, or merely make a lifestyle change but can’t bear the thought of leaving the house (let alone signing up to another over-crowded gym)… we’re with you!
That’s why 2017 is going to be the year of the home gym. Our lives are constantly becoming busier, making it hard to even fit in a hair wash sometime, let alone a workout. So we’ve got some ideas (and equipment) to help us fit in a bit more exercise – the easy way.
Make use of every minute
Interval training is a great way to get your heart rate up and improve fitness. If you’re home for the evening and are waiting for a washing load to finish, the kettle to boil or your partner to get out of the shower, jump on the treadmill and do a couple of minutes of high-intensity work – whether that’s sprinting, or power walking at a high incline.
Compete with yourself
Got something in the oven for dinner, or waiting for something to defrost before you start cooking? Jump on the rowing machine while you’re waiting, and compete with yourself to help you beat your own P.B. Planning on having a glass of vino with dinner? Tell yourself that if you beat your distance or time, you can!
Get a workout buddy
None of your friends on the fitness train? Forget them – there’s no better health buddy than a Fitbit activity tracker. There’s something so motivational about seeing it all laid out in front of you., and sometimes you just need to be hit with the cold, hard stats to get you into gear. Set yourself small, achievable goals – whether that’s going to bed at a certain time to get a good night’s sleep, or increasing your steps, little changes can make the biggest of differences.
The art of multitasking
Favourite TV programme on (QVC obvs) but also really need to put in some exercise time? Set up your exercise bike in front of the television and you can do both – burning calories while watching TV is surely the best of both worlds. Plus if the show is that good, you’ll hardly notice you’re even doing any exercise.
P.S. if you’re shopping as well, you’re technically doing three things at once – now that’s multitasking.
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