The world we are living in is changing rapidly, and as our editor says: “It’s life, Lee, but not as we know it”.
As we enter uncharted waters, it’s important to try and keep your health, fitness and families a priority. If you have to spend time at home and cannot head out to exercise, this might be the time to set up a home gym and start to train at home.
Take some time to understand why you’re training – general health and fitness, weight loss, strength program – to help you determine the best exercises for you and what equipment you might need.
The key to a good home gym is to make it a functional area that’s not overcrowded with equipment you’ll never use; do not impulse buy and steer clear of big bulky machines that take up lots of space.
The basic pieces of equipment you could look at purchasing include:
- Med ball
- Skipping rope
- Flat bench (this can be used for step-ups, dips, bench presses, etc.)
- Weighted bars
The workout for this week is cardio and body weight-based, designed to work your entire body, using the equipment listed above.
Find a space in which you can stand up and lie down, with good light and fresh air. You can get the whole family involved in this workout; just modify some of the exercises to make them easier for the kids!
Family fun workout
- 1 min skipping x 1 minute
- 15 x step-ups (each leg)
- 20 x push-ups (on your knees to make it easier)
- 10 x dips
- 20 x sit-ups
- 20 x bicep curls (using the weight bar)
- 10 x med ball slams
- 10 x seated dumbbell shoulder press (each arm)
- 10 min walk with the family
TIP: You can each do an exercise for 30 seconds and then switch for a fun family circuit-style workout!