Helpful Home Workout Tips

June 8, 2004

We all know how important it is to exercise but sometimes there are more limitations than motivations. Gyms can be extraordinarily expensive and not everyone likes to exercise with 50 or so others watching on. SheSaid has the perfect solution ? exercises you can do at home for minimum cost and maximum privacy!

Aerobic activity
Every exercise routine worth its salt needs to include aerobic activity. You should be doing at least for 45 minutes of cardio, twice or 3 times a week. The reason being, is that it takes half that time for the fat cells to start releasing the fat, so the rest of the time is spent burning it! Naturally more exercise will see greater benefits, but be sure to do the minimum to achieve results. Try walking or running around the streets near your home, doing a bike ride on a stationary or moving bike or jumping with a skipping rope. Better yet, break it up and try some interval training ? combine jogging, walking and sprinting in 5 minute timed intervals.

Although aerobic activity stimulates muscle mass, weight training is a more effective solution for strengthening and toning your muscles. If you can afford it, invest in a dumbbell set with weights ranging from 5 pounds to 50+ pounds. If not, there are other great solutions ? soft drink bottles with sand or water in it are a perfect cheap alternative to weights. Some exercises include bench presses, dumbbell lunges and chinups. To do a bench press, lie flat and hold the weights above your head, slightly wider than shoulder width. Bend elbows to bring weights down close in line with your chest and push up. Do 2 sets with 15 repeats. If you can afford to invest in a fitness ball, you can work on your abdominals without hurting your back or neck. One exercise is the fitball squat. Stand against the wall with a fitball behind you in the curve of your back, feet shoulder width apart and dumbbells by your side. Bend from your hips downwards, lowering towards the floor as the ball rolls down your back. Do 2 sets with 15 repeats. There are also plenty of workouts you can do without any equipment at all. As much as they hurt, push ups are great for sexy arms and lunges improve muscle firmness in the legs.

Check out these top tips for getting in shape from SheSaid readers:

Janea: “Walking up a hill is the best way to tighten your butt.”

Lisa: “Get a dog and get out there and walk it & play in the park, you don’t even realise how much you’ve exercised from having so much fun!”

Kerryn: “Find a friend to help. It always makes it easier and more fun if you have someone to keep in shape with.”

Alex: “Clear your mind and your body will follow”

Don?t despair, even if you hate the gym you can still get a bod to die for right from the comfort of your own home!

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