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Home Workouts: Four Easy Ways To Get Fit For Free

Struggling to get to the gym? Who cares? Here are four quickfire reasons why you can work out just as well at home

Joining a gym and formulating a complex workout programme has obvious benefits. But if you really do detest such a notion (and simply don’t have the time or money) there are still ways to get your fix without even fleeing from the comfort of your own home. No travel, no hassle, no pressure. And you can still watch The X Factor as you go. Home workouts? A million per cent yes…

Sit-ups: anywhere!

That’s right. Anywhere. Living room floor, kitchen floor, bedroom floor – even your bathroom floor (providing you have enough space and make it clear that’s what you’re doing in there). For as long as flat surfaces remain, sit-ups will be possible.

Press-ups: anywhere!

See above. For variation, prop your feet on the bed, sofa, toilet… You get the idea.

Stair sprints

How many times do you slope up those steps per day? Swap the slope with a sprint. Pierce Brosnan claims the technique helped him get in shape to play James Bond, so if it’s good enough for 007, it’s good enough for you. NB: if you live in a bungalow, revert to running on the spot for a minute at a time.

Skip to it

Cardio, upper-body, lower-body, coordination – skipping encapsulates a whole bunch of physical and mental benefits. All you have to do is find a clear space and jump up and down for a bit. It’s almost too easy.

Wall squats: anywhere!

Yep, we’re back to this again. Find a wall, plant your back against it and slide into the squat position for as long as you choose (minimum 30 seconds to make it worthwhile). You could even do it while brushing your teeth. Firm glutes and minty fresh breath. Result!

[How many of each should I do, how often, to get in shape for what?]

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