You can workout from home

Helen Robson shares her fit tips to stay in shape without straying too far from the sofa

6th March 2017

During these cold winter months it’s almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning. You crawl your way through the day wrapped in double layers nurturing yourself with warm dinners packed with carbs and fat to get you through. After about a month you unwrap yourself from your clothing cocoon and find you’ve gained a stone. This comes as a surprise because amidst all the thermal pyjamas and under-layer clothing you’ve barely seen your body this winter.

Nevertheless, you decide you need to do something about it but are still too cold and tired to add another event to your day: the gym. Well, there is another option, home workouts. You may be sceptical as to whether home workouts actually work but the most important aspect to them is that you have to actually try. That means pushing yourself to get up off the settee, switching that TV off and pulling your gym clothes out from the back of the wardrobe.  In your home environment it can seem hard to muster the will power to do it but even performing a twenty minute workout video every afternoon will start showing results.

If you’re willing to pay a bit of money for your workouts, some popular DVDs out now are ‘Scarlett’s Super Slim Me Plan’ and ‘Joe Wicks the Body Coach Workout.’ Scarlett Moffatt’s workout DVD claims she lost 7 ½ Ibs in the first week through this regime. It features various full body and short workouts with short and fast moves and promotes speedy fat loss. Images of her body transformation on the front cover should inspire you to take home workouts more seriously. Joe Wicks also promotes healthy weight loss in his DVD. His slogan No Equipment, No Excuses should tell you this will be an intense training but with fast results. His DVD features nearly three hours of content and includes seven levels of HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) which is small periods of intense training followed by a rest, a popular way of getting that heart rate up and burning more fat in less time.

    If you don’t fancy spending your money, YouTube is packed with home workout channels. In particular, Blogilates. Now a global sensation, Cassey Ho tailors videos to your specific needs. She has videos that vary in length between 5 and 30 minutes depending on how much you think you can manage that day and videos that tailor to your target areas- abs, arms, bum, etc. The videos are also particularly fun and alternative to the average workout with her enthusiastic encouragement, background chitchat and inventive themes, like ‘Belly Bloat Blaster’ and ‘Hip Hop Fat Burn.’ With her rise in fame, she now has a Blogilates website with meal plans and checklists for each month, suggesting videos and eating habits for each day to give you a full body workout. The best part is that if, like a lot of people, you struggle to stay fit on your own, there is a Blogilates app with an online community of ‘POPsters,’ as she calls her followers. You can post pictures of your progress, support and spur each other on and swap healthy recipes and exercise advice on your fitness quests. Not to mention all of her workout videos, printables, recipes and even the app are all completely free. What better incentive is there to start working out?

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