With a string of festive parties on the horizon, many of us are starting to think about doing a bit of pre-Christmas body maintenance.
However, finding time to take a class or get to the gym can be a struggle when work is piling up and the kids have to be fed and put to bed so being able to work out at home is a major step towards a sustainable exercise routine.
Here are seven simple ways you can work on that body without leaving the house…
No time for exercise? Nonsense. Work on toning up those arms while watching Corrie with these Pineapple Foam Dumbbells (€27).
Hit the bottle
No, we’re not referring to the wine bottle. A new study has found that drinking water could be the key to losing weight – get all the details here.
Set up at home
Setting up a home gym can seem like an expensive business but there is a range of affordable machines and gadgets on the market that will cover all the bases.
This Dynamic Motorised Treadmill (€419) is perfect for cardio, while this V-Fit 2-in-1 Cycle and Elliptical Cross Trainer (€349) is perfect for fans of the cross-trainer. Cheaper than a gym membership and you’ll have it for life!
If you want to work on being more body confident, forget fad diets and focus on eating healthy home-cooked meals. You’ll see a visible difference in no time and we’ve got some tasty recipes to get you started here.
YouTube is a treasure trove of fitness classes and tutorials, which you can fit in around your schedule. Yoga is a great way to de-stress and take some time out and this Nike Essential Yoga Kit (€37) has everything you need to get started.
Let technology do all the work
A wearable workout really comes into its own on those nights where you just can’t face doing a set of crunches. Instead, stick on a movie and let the Slendertone Abs S7 (€157, on sale) do all the hard work!
House in a state? Great! Give your cleaning routine a bit more welly than usual and you’ll be burning fat in no time. An hour of vacuuming can burn up to 170 calories, while ironing will burn 88!