Your Ultimate Guide to Working Out at Home Posted on 27 April 2020 by Michelle McCartney - Kent-Teach in Wellbeing With gyms, classes and fitness events closed across the country, we are having to find new ways to get our daily exercise fix within our homes and gardens.For some of us, keeping fit and partaking in fitness related activities is part of our daily lifestyle, we look forward to the social interaction with friends and that feel good feeling of successfully completing a workout. Fitness can contribute to your overall wellbeing and mental health, providing a number of benefits: • Releases endorphins also known as a “runner’s high”.• Reduces stress, mental fatigue and boosts your mood.• Supports sleep, relaxation and recovery time.If you don’t have access to any of the equipment you use at the gym, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There are lots of free resources available from apps to YouTube, offering lots of workout routines brought to you by some of your favourite influencers. We’ve put together some ideas of fitness related activities you can try from the comfort of your own home, but if you’re missing the social aspect, why not FaceTime a friend and workout together? Yoga: Yoga is extremely versatile, all you need is a little space, a yoga mat or a towel and you’re good to go. So, whether you’re a complete beginner, want to master your handstand or you’re an absolute yoga guru, there are plenty of apps available to download on Android and iOS. Here are some of our favourites: Pocket yoga, Yoga studio, Down Dog. Pilates: If you’re currently working from home, without the comfort of your usual office environment, then Pilates could be for you. Similar to yoga, Pilates is a low impact exercise that focuses on small repetitive movements and is adaptable to anyone of any age. Pilates can help to improve flexibility, mobility, pelvic alignment, posture and overall health. If you’re looking to get started, take a look at this video for beginners. Dancing: You can pretty much dance anywhere and we’re sure you’ve been caught out dancing around the house on more than one occasion. Dancing provides a full gentle body workout that can relieve stress, uplift your mood and challenge the brain. Above all, dancing can be so much fun, so why not grab the kids, turn up your favourite music and get moving together. Whether your preferred style of dance is Zumba or hip hop, or if your just looking for a fun cardio workout, check out these best workout dance videos. HIIT (High-intensity interval training): If you’re looking for a high impact, high intensity workout but you’re tight for time, never fear; you can squeeze in a full-body workout in just 20 minutes. Typically, a series of functional bodyweight movements, such as squats, burpees, push ups and lunges, there’s always to opportunity mix it up by incorporating some weights, such as kettlebells and dumbbells. When we think of HIIT training, I’m sure Joe Wicks springs to mind. They don’t call him the body coach for nothing! Joe has created the Body Coach TV and posts free weekly HIIIT workouts that you can do with zero equipment, from your lounge to your garden. If you’re looking for some quick full body workouts, give these a try: Decreasing Ladder: Descending your reps each time, see how long it takes you to complete the following: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 BurpeesPush upsSit-upsEMOM 20:EMOM stands for “Every Minute on the Minute”. Try the below for 20 minutes (5 rounds): 1st minute: Push ups 2nd minute: Reverse lunges 3rd minute: Air squat 4th minute: Rest AMRAP: AMRAP stands for "as many reps as possible," or "as many rounds as possible”. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes: 18 x Squat jumps 15 x Side lunges 12 x Mountain climbers 9 x Russian twists6 x V sitsDo you have a pre-existing medical condition but still want to exercise? Why not check out our blog on 6 Exercises to Help Arthritis.