Don’t have any equipment at home and looking for some exercise ideas to stay active?

No problem – we’ve got some creative options for you!

 

Here are some beginner to advanced* moves you can try in the comfort of your own home.

You will need:
1x sturdy chair or couch that won’t slide on the floor
1x kitchen benchtop (or a sturdy chair)
2 x tea towels

*Please don’t attempt advanced moves unless you are confident you will not cause harm doing so!

 

Beginner level

Sit to stand:

 

  • Walk your hips to the edge of the chair and bring your toes behind your knees.
  • Use both armrests to help push off the chair/couch (if you want to make this more difficult use one or no armrests)
  • Lean forward bringing your nose over your toes
  • Repeat 10 times

Marching on the spot:

 

  • Move to your kitchen benchtop (or sturdy chair back) and hold on for support.
  • March 20 steps, lifting your knees as high as possible.

Heel raises:

 

  • Continue holding onto your kitchen benchtop (or sturdy chair back) for support
  • Raise your heels so that you are standing on your tiptoes
  • Repeat 10 times

Moderate to High Level

 

Hamstring/Gluteal bridge at chair:

 

  • Lie on the floor, with your legs positioned on the couch seat. (For moderate level keep both hands positioned on the floor)
  • Lift your bottom up to make a straight line between your shoulders, hips, and knees
  • Repeat 10 times
  • For advanced, hold both hands in the air
  • To make it even more challenging, try a single leg raise as pictured in the last diagram!

Abdominal strength in plank and pike position

Place two tea towels under your feet

 

 

Mountain climber:

 

  • Alternate bringing your left and right leg forward
  • Repeat 10 times on each side

Bunny hop:

 

  • Bend your knees and bring both your legs towards your chest.
  • Then back out into plank position.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Plank to pike:

 

  • Keep your knees straight and bring both your legs towards your chest.
  • Repeat 10 times

Have fun exercising at home and, as always, stop if an exercise is uncomfortable or causes pain!

 

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