Getting Fit At HomeWritten by Mary Mullock in Life on June 2nd, 2017
Need to get fit? Gyms aren’t for everyone. Maybe there are other things you’d rather spend your money on. Maybe the looming scent of Eau De B.O. is enough to make you gag. Or maybe you just can’t get over that time you saw your boss doing the Downward Dog in his 1980s too-short shorts. (Some things you just can’t unsee.)
But all is not lost. Here are our top tips for getting fit, without so much as looking at a treadmill.
#1 – TAKE THE SPORT OUT OF THE PUB.
Text your mates and tell them the plan has changed. It’s time to swap the big screen in the bar for some real-life sporting action. Ever tried Ultimate Frisbee? Don’t let the name throw you. It’s cooler than the other side of the pillow.
Or maybe just stick to a good old-fashioned kickabout. According to the NHS, there are round 215 calories in the average pint of beer. But, by playing football for just half an hour, you can burn over 300 calories. Which means you can drop pounds from your waist and save pounds in your pocket. That’s a win-win situation. Even if you lose.
#2 – PUT THE PHWOAR INTO CHORE.
Whether it’s washing up the pots or hosing down the car, getting your chores done will have you fighting fit. In fact, mopping for a very casual 15 minutes can burn around 50 calories. Stick some tunes on and your calorie crushing will go even higher. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Disco Dan or a Hip-Hop Henry, research shows that listening to upbeat music makes you more likely to put your back into it. It’s time to put the lean into clean.
And let’s not forget, if you’re doing your household jobs properly, you’ll probably earn yourself some brownie points. As well as having a legitimate reason to give yourself a high-five (for once).
#3 – YOUR HOME IS AN ARENA.
Strength training is top dog when it comes to creating a fetching physique. It’s also pretty boss at preventing fractures and problems with your joints. And the great news is you can replicate most of what the gym has to offer in the comfort of your own home. You just need to be a bit more creative.
No barbells? No problem. Use your washing basket as a weight. In fact, use anything. Lifting more awkward heavy objects improves your core strength. Get inventive with everyday items. Use your lamp for bicep curls. Use your sofa for tricep dips as you binge on box-sets. Just remember the golden rule of lifting: you’ve got to bend from the knees. We’ve all seen those health & safety videos (even if they weren’t powerjerking a coffee table).
#4 – A DOG ISN’T JUST A MAN’S BEST FRIEND.
The argument for bringing a canine companion into your life is pretty compelling. Studies show that regularly walking your dog will help you to lose weight, and actually keep the weight off. They’ve also shown that spending time with your dog can contribute to reduced cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and can even improve your mental wellbeing.
Ok, so there are some nights when you’d rather step on a plug than go outside in the sheeting rain, but that’s the beauty of those puppy-dog eyes. You just can’t say no. A dog is a walk enforcer, and they won’t let you get away with your flimsy excuses.
#5 – EATING ISN’T CHEATING.
Consuming the right foods is critical to your fitness, your physique and your overall wellbeing. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. We all know we have to be clever with our calorie intake. But you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to know that fruit and veg is a smarter choice than Pringles.
But did you now that eating some foods can actually help you lose weight? No, it’s not fake news. Eating half a grapefruit before your meal can leave you feeling fuller, meaning you’ll eat less calories. And try drinking ice-cold water throughout the day. Your body actually burns calories as it warms it up. Or simply add chillies to your food to speed up your metabolism with a fiery kick. And don’t be shy on bringing the heat. Even a chilli sweat is better than no sweat at all.