Yup it's that time of year again: cold rainy days and unbearable blowing winds. Oh how we dread it.
But that doesn't mean working out is impossible! There are loads of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own living room. Want to know more?
We got chatting to personal trainer and Be the Fittest Founder, Tyrone Brennand, to give us all the expert tips we need to get fit and tone up at home fast and effectively. Here's the deal...
1. Invest in Free Weights
Investing in a dumbbell tree is one of the best workout tools you can have at home. So much so that investing in dumbbells or even a small weighted bar can really give you "an effective workout AS GOOD as you get from the gym," according to Brennand.
"Make sure to work the whole body with compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, to more isolated exercises focusing on individual muscle groups," Brennand said. They don't cost much either. You can purchase a set for about £20 at Argos and that's not even equivalent to one month's gym membership!
2. Get Online
Whether you're home or in a hotel room, finding the perfect workout online can really help you get started on your fitness mission without the same old "weather" excuses. "Finding a home workout online that you can follow can really inspire you and help you have the most effective workout at home", Brennand said. "The BeTheFittest home workout series on YouTube has different episodes which works on different body parts which suit all levels of fitness and doesn't require any equipment."
Free and on-demand? We dig this.
3. Listen to Your Favorite Playlist
Lets face it: Exercise without music would be terribly dull. "Get your favorite playlist pumping in your house," Brennand said. "The tunes will make you feel good and ready to work out. Also, music is a great motivational and fun tool to help you push harder and enjoy the workout all at the same."
Ladies, it's time to hit "play."
4. Find a Fitness Buddy
Having a workout pal comes with many benefits, especially if you get your partner involved. "Having a friend or partner join in on your workout can help you both push yourselves to the limits and get you through the workout while also making it fun and challenging at the same time," Brennand said.
You can also look after each other by making sure each exercise is performed in good form. Getting your beau or pal to join you will not only help you both stay motivated but it can also help push you to limits you've never thought possible!
5. Get Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are also another great addition to your workout kit. They're great for resistance training, toning muscles and can also be used for stretching.
"Using resistance bands are perfect for home use," Brennand said. "By pushing against the resistance of the band you can perform numerous muscular exercises like bicep curls and shoulder presses, which can be modified to your strength." Grab a set; you'll be surprised how strong you are after just a couple of months!
6. Use Fitness Apps
Never underestimate the power of a good fitness app. Apps like HITT Interval timer App are great because they allow you to track time and keep track of how you're doing.
"This app is perfect to keep you on the ball for home HITT workouts which allows you to time the amount you work to rest, track rounds and also tally the total amount of time the whole workout will take," Brennand said. Perfect for girls on-the-go that can only fit in short morning workouts.
7. Join the Tabata Craze
What's not to love about Tabata? It's time saving, convenient and a hell of a workout.
"Tabata High intensity training is basically low volume, high intensity training consisting of 20 seconds of exercise to 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds," Brennand said. "Scientific research has proven this to be very effective for improving fitness and endurance in females especially when using full body movements like burpees or squat press with dumbells."
New to it? Get yourself started with a DVD. When you're more comfortable, you can even start creating your own Bespoke Tabata routines!
8. Schedule Your Home Workout
One of the best things you can do when working out out at home is making sure you have a PLAN. Without a solid plan things can easily be left to fail.
"Programming and planning your home workout will allow you to work out more efficiently without worrying what to do next or being distracted," Brennand said. "Having your plan set out beforehand will allow you to know what exercise to do next including how many reps and sets." There's no time for excuses ladies.
9. Use a Stepper
Your stepper will be your new BFF. Use this to get a kick ass bum and toned up legs. Stepping can't be any simpler...
"You can use a stepper for aerobic and plyometric training which will get your heart rate up, giving you a sweat while also working out those muscles," Brennand said. "You can change the height of the stepper to your discretion to match your level of fitness to make sure you're getting the most out of your workout."
They're also super easy to store, so you won't have to worry about it taking up too much space! Hurrah.
10. Most importantly, have FUN!
What will you be taking up this season? Tweet us @wewomenUSA!
This article was written by Vivian Kelly. Follow her on Twitter @vivkell.
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