FITNESS | 5 easy workouts you can do in your own home

Even though we have warmer weather now, not everyone has the confidence, motivation or even time to actually go outside for a run or drag their ass to a gym. Therefore, home workouts are the answer.

Due to modern technology, we can have entire HIIT sessions in the comfort for our own living rooms if we like. Sure, you miss out on the vibe of a packed exercise class (but who wants that anyway) but you save a hell of a lot of money. Yoga mats and weights aren’t even necessary (but do help – places like TK Maxx and Primark have these cheap).

Here are some workouts you can get your sweat on to – without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Guess what = you don’t need a Nintendo Wii to play Just Dance! It turns out pretty much all the songs/dances are on Youtube which I’ve discovered recently. I save all my favourite dances onto a playlist (Nick Jonas’ Teacher and Meghan Trainor’s Me Too are must haves) then simply put it on shuffle. I’ve usually passed an hour this way and burned enough calories that I would have in any exercise class without even realizing it. Plus dancing is fun.

Technically you don’t even need any technology (so no payment for internet!) to enjoy a yoga session if you’ve already practised a few moves anyway. Just light a few candles and you’re sorted. I always like to do a yoga class in the evening, most especially on weekends. It might not seem like you’re having a proper intense workout but it’s great for toning and strength – as well as relaxation.

There are so many apps that can help with working out. I personally love Zombies, Run and Fitbit, but neither of these are particularly suitable for this post as you need to leave the house ideally to use these), but there are tons more I adore. The 30 Day Squats Challenge will give you an ass men will cry for (and also includes ‘sister’ challenges to target other areas like abs, arms and general fitness), Sworkit is perfect for even when you just have ten minutes to workout, and, finally, PEAR – Personal Fitness Coach – which is like having a personal trainer in your pocket.

I know I go on about Pound Fitness a lot, but it really is one to try. All you need is a pair of Ripstix and one of their DVD’s. Alternatively, if you’re really skint, use actual drum sticks and watch a class on Youtube. The Ripstix are a great addition if you’re really looking to tone your arms, but generally, you’ll be squatting a lot so even without these you’ll get a good workout.

You can find absolutely anything on Youtube. Whatever you’re looking to tone or get out of a workout, there’s bound to be a video for it. My favourite channels personally are Blogilates (subscribe to Cassey’s website too for bonus content like workout plans and calendars), BodyRock (some equipment needed for some videos but at-home alternatives suggested) and Yoga with Adriene (which is a bit more specific but still a great workout!).

So, there we have it. If it’s raining outside, you’re too skint for a gym membership or even if you just have five minutes aside in your day whilst dinner is cooking, you really have no excuse to not try to get into shape (or be a little more healthy) this summer.