Whether it’s first thing in the morning, a lunchtime HIIT, or an evening yoga session - it’s so important to keep moving the body and take regular breaks when we’re stuck inside all day. According to healthcare professionals, exercise not only benefits the body but also the mind – boosting our mood, upping our energy levels and improving sleep quality.
'Staying active now is more important than ever before,' states Sandy Macaskill, co-founder of Barry's UK, 'It’s not about pressuring yourself into having the perfect physique, it’s about engaging your mind and switching off from working from home for a second. Your brain needs this workout right now even more than your body.'
So, why not amp up your workout with some affordable yet effective equipment that will definitely make you break out in a sweat – no matter where you are.
And if you're struggling to get motivated, lots of gyms like Barry's Bootcamp, 1Rebel and Psycle (to name a few) are live streaming daily workouts on social media to help people feel connected. So tune in at a time that suits you (or download one of the many fitness apps) and read Sandy Macaskill's tips below to help really work those muscles using equipment.
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'Resistance bands are fantastic - there are plenty of variations for all muscle groups and you can definitely target specific areas. Think bicep curls, tricep overheads, glute kickbacks, shoulder press, bent over rows, flyes, everything and anything.'
'A pair of medium dumbbells are great if you can get your hands on them. So, 4-5kgs for ladies, 7.5-10kg for men, as a rough guide.'
'A medicine ball is a great option for your core - you can do Russian twists with a medicine ball, overhead slams, and partner work.'
'You can perform all your usual sit ups and crunches with the stability of resting your shoulders or feet on a swiss ball.'
If you're working out on a hard floor or carpet (which can cause carpet burn) make sure you've got a mat to hand like this super comfy sweaty betty one.
What's the best way to workout without equipment?
'Let’s say you’re limited in equipment and just have bodyweight. No problem, keep the moves simple but compensate with intensity. By that I mean, really maxing the effort. Give yourself a set time (like 60 seconds) and a set move (like push ups) and aim to complete as many as physically possible. Don’t take a complete break, perform another exercise straight after working separate muscles, like a squat jump for 60 seconds. 15-30 mins of that and you’ll be sweating for sure. You’ll feel fantastic afterwards, too.'