I exercise entirely at home, I am not a member of a gym and I haven’t been for about ten years. I love my home workouts! No worrying about what you look like or what you are wearing, and it’s a lot cheaper too! It also fits perfectly around being a stay at home mum because I don’t have to worry about childcare.
If you have read some of my earlier posts you will know that the most recent exercise programme I have completed is Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, both 1.0 and 2.0. I did this entirely at home but I did use weights and Kettlebells to do so. However if you don’t have any equipment and don’t wish to spend any money, then there are still plenty of free ways to get fit at home.
YouTube is a great resource for free workout videos. Gymra, Fitness Blender and Bodyfit by Amy are just a few great channels, but there are loads more. If you want to try and build some muscle and tone up, but don’t have any weights, then you can either improvise with things like full water bottles or you can search YouTube for body weight workouts. Exercises like squats, lunges, press-ups and triceps dips are really toning and will build muscle. Plus if you are a beginner, then starting with body weight alone and working your way up to adding extra weight is probably the safest idea. There are also plenty of instructional videos on YouTube which show how to do exercises safely and correctly and I would highly recommend you check these out to make sure your form is right. And always, always check for diastasis recti and do postpartum safe workouts after having a baby.
Decide on a workout split and plan. I recommend allocating certain days of the week for certain workouts. For example if you are going to commit to working out four days per week maybe plan what workout you are going to do for each day. For example you could work lower body Monday, upper body Wednesday, HIIT or cardio Friday then full body Sunday. If you know exactly what you are doing and have a YouTube video in mind, or workout written down and ready to go, then you are far more likely to actually do it.
Be resourceful, many household objects can be used to exercise with. I use the bottom two stairs in our house for step-ups, tricep dips and elevated bridges. Even jogging up and down the stairs a few times can be a warm up to a workout, it’s not really much different to using a stepper in the gym! Chairs or coffee tables can also be used for tricep dips, kids toys such at skipping ropes and hula hoops can be great for cardio, and large water bottles can be used as dumbells.
Walking the most under utilised form of exercise. I love walking and usually choose to walk rather than getting in the car. I swear people think I’m crazy because of this, and I struggle to understand why. People pay to walk on a treadmill in a gym, why would you not just go for a walk out in the fresh air? Or just kill two birds with one stone and get your cardio in for the day by walking to the shops rather than driving. It’s great for you (and your waistline) it saves money and it’s good for the environment. Plus if you have kids they will probably really enjoy walking with you (Rafe loves it) and it sets a healthy example.
Introducing exercise into your lifestyle doesn’t have to cost loads of money, and you can even choose a length of workout to suit your lifestyle. Even half an hour, three or four times a week will make a huge difference if you really give it your all when you are doing it. Combine this with a clean and healthy diet and it won’t be long before you start seeing results.
Hope this helps! Thank you for reading!