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The COVID pandemic has tested everyone’s fitness regime. While some of us have the luxury of home gyms and gym equipment a lot of us have had to make do with what we have at home. This post will give you some ideas about what I have done when I haven’t had the ability to use a gym and what I get my clients to do in the comforts of their home. I will also give you ideas about what equipment you should get if you can afford it.

Running and walking

I personally love to run. It is so easy and such an invigorating experience. Without fail I will do some sort of run whether it be for distances from five to 10 kms, sprints on the flat or up hills. I personally can’t get enough of it. However, if running is not for you or what I have just said seems mad, there is always an alternative. You can go for a walk. Walking is a great way to get some fresh air and it is also a great fat burner. You can make your walk as hard or as easy as you a comfortable with. This can be done by increasing your speed, the gradient of your work or the time you do so for.

Bodyweight training

Bodyweight resistance training is also a great way to exercise and is actually really hard particularly for the upper body (or maybe that’s just me…). There is an array of exercises you can do. Some you will be very familiar with like push ups, squats, burpees, planks, lunges just to name a few. However, there are so many more like wall sits, hollow holds, kick sits, bicycle sit ups. A mixture of these exercises for reps or for time and get you a great work out. For the more advanced trainers you can play a round with the tempo and speed you do your movements (e.g. faster or slower) or you can hold a position with tension during a movement (like the bottom of your squat).

Swimming, cycling or any other activity

Other things you can do include anything that can get your heart rate up whether this is swimming, cycling or rock climbing.

Is there anything else you would suggest?

I would suggest you get yourself some equipment no matter how big or small. My best bets are:

  • Resistance bands (these can be tied to anything sturdy or used by themselves) can help make exercises easier or harder by giving assistance or resistance while doing them e.g. push-ups with a resistance band attached to your hands and around your shoulder blades will make it harder to do while a band attached high up on a pole or some other sturdy object and just under your chest will make the movement easier.
  • A yoga or gym mat to save your knees or back when doing movements.
  • Kettlebells, are extremely versatile and can be used for all sorts of exercises.

As usual, find out more about me and what I do here!

SAH Performance Personal Training Wellington. Sarah Holliday Certified Personal Trainer. Wellington’s best for guiding you on your fitness and weight loss journey.