Exercises and workouts you can do anywhere

You know that exercise is good for you. You know that being more active will improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life. Maybe you didn’t know how easy it is to begin an active lifestyle and burn calories, and maybe you didn’t know how technology can help you maintain activity levels.

We’ve sourced a range of easy exercises and home workouts that you can do anytime and anywhere along with a list of fitness apps to give you inspiration to stay fit and healthy.

  1. The Calorie Cruncher - Give your heart and lungs a workout with this short but effective calorie-crunching cardio routine.

  2. The Ab Lab - Tone your stomach and abs with a workout that strengthens the muscles around your core.

  3. Triceps and Biceps - Strengthen your arms and tone those triceps. This range of exercises will give your arms a full workout in next to no time.

  4. Tone at Home - At home with ten minutes to spare? Why not use the time to tone your body and build your strength with this easy home workout.

  5. The Right Tone - Say farewell to the flab and firm up your legs, bum, and tum with this all over body-conditioning workout.

A healthier lifestyle need not begin with a trip to the gym, merely walking more has been shown to generate significant health outcomes. So why not pick up a pedometer and aim to increase the steps you are taking each day? Simple tips include getting off the bus a stop earlier, parking your car in a space further away from your destination, and taking the stairs as opposed to lifts or escalators.

Beginning walking or exercising may be easier with a friend. Research has shown that those becoming active as a group have an increased chance of maintaining behaviour change for extended periods. Group exercise classes can be a fantastic way of meeting new people, having fun, and an easy way to burn calories.

The UK Government recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise including strength exercises on 2 or more days a week for adults (ages 19-64) each week. Moderate exercises include cycling or a brisk walk and vigorous exercise includes running and tennis. For more detailed advice go to NHS Choices (48).
By meeting recommended NHS levels of physical activity you can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 50% (54). Further, an active lifestyle can aid in the prevention of heart disease, strokes, dementia and some cancers.