Mark Howard

Missing your weekly bootcamp session or simply cannot get out of the house? Try these five easy exercises which you can do around the home until your next bootcamp fix:

Use the Stairs
The stairs are a great way to get your heart rate up when the weather is miserable outside (ok not so good if you live in a bungalow or flat). By running up and down the stairs a few times in a row you will feel your heart rate increasing, and this is what is going to burn those calories. You can also add to this workout by carrying a load of washing or some weights in your hands and doing a pumping action with your arms. Alternatively, you can use the bottom step to do lots of step ups, just be sure to wear the right footwear.

Star jumps
These are a great cardio exercise as you are working both your arms and your legs. You can progress this further again by holding weights in your hands.

Dancing
Dancing is a very under rated form of exercise. By dancing around the kitchen to your favourite CD for 20 minutes you can burn 100 calories. It’s also a great way to boost your mood.

Jogging
It might seem like a boring way to spend 10 minutes of your day but jogging on the spot is a very effective workout. If the weather is awful outside or you don’t have time to get out of the house, you can still get your workout in by jogging on the spot at home. You can even do it in front of the TV, making the time fly.

Wii/ Workout videos
These are a fantastic way to get active at home. Most of these games or workout videos have beginner to advanced levels so it will not matter how active you have been in the past. They’re also a great way to get your family or partner up and moving rather than sitting in front of the tv.