Juggling work and family life can make it difficult to squeeze in time for a trip to the gym but there are plenty of other ways to up your exercise.
Here are some of our favourites…
Enlist a friend
Having someone to keep you accountable means that you are much more likely to stick to an exercise routine. Team up with a friend or neighbour and commit to going for a walk or run in your neighbourhood a few times a week. Just make sure to wear appropriate reflective gear on these dark nights!
Set up a home gym
Want to hit the weights but don’t fancy a trek into town? Why not set up your own gym at home for less than the price of an annual gym membership? There are plenty of exercises you can do from the comfort of your living room! See all the details here.
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Adopt a celeb mentor
Don’t know where to start with fitness but can’t afford to shell out for a personal trainer? A fitness DVD allows you to carry out guided exercises from your own home at any time that suits. So if you have a spare 30 minutes before work or want to try some Zumba before picking up the kids from school, there are a range of different DVDs to suit. Check out our collection here.
Take the long way
We’re all guilty of jumping into the car to go to the corner shop, hopping on the bus to work instead of walking and taking the lift rather than the stairs. These may seem like minor changes but they can make a serious difference if done consistently, and really up the amount of exercise you do, without you even really realising. If you work in a sedentary job, make a point of getting up and moving around on your break time – the perfect excuse for a coffee break!
Join a group
The key to sticking to exercise is finding something that you actually enjoy, rather than forcing yourself to stick to a schedule. While some love tough bootcamp style classes, others can prefer something lighthearted like Clubbercise (yep, it’s a real thing and burns up to 600 calories a class!). Find the one that’s right for you and you’ll be counting down the minutes to your next session!