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No gym? No worries… tips to keep fit on a budget


Isn’t it ironic how we spend time taking public transport or sitting in traffic travelling to the gym, only to spend an hour pounding a running machine or sitting on a bike going absolutely nowhere?

Here at we know that your time and money should be spent on the things that you really need, with what’s left over going towards the things you like. Sometimes a gym membership can just be that little bit too much of a regular outgoing, but if you’re still craving that regular fix of exercise then don’t worry because there’s a myriad of household gym equipment all around you – you just might not have realised it yet. Here are some of our favourites below and if you enjoy trying them out then please let us know and we’d love to share more with you.


Tooth Brush Wall Squats: Instead of standing over the sink while you’re brushing your teeth, stand against a wall with your legs extended out about two feet from the wall. Slowly bend your knees to slide down the wall until you reach a seated position, like you’re perching on an imaginary chair. Start out holding the squat position for 30 seconds (working your way up to a minute with more time and practice). Then, stand up, take a quick break and repeat until you’re done brushing your teeth (two to three minutes in total). Not only will you keep you’re pearly white smile but this is a fantastic toning exercise for building strength in your bum and legs. Just remember to keep your back flat against the wall and position your knees slightly behind your toes.


Ride to Work: Now we all know that there is no such thing as enjoying being crammed into a packed train or sitting in stationary traffic for hours on end. That’s valuable time in your wonderful like that you’ll never get back, so try swapping it for an alternative, like getting on two wheels. We love our bikes at YHD and we’d love you to give it a try. If your commute is too long to go the whole distance on a bike then try travelling even just a small section of the journey and perhaps taking public transport the rest of the way. Try starting with three times a week and you’ll soon discover that it is not only a great way to rev up your metabolism and burn some extra calories, but it can also tone your entire body (not just your legs!). And don’t forget the extra money that you’ll begin to save for all spending on all the other things you enjoy.


Take the Stairs: Step away from the elevator and into the stairwell. This is a fantastic way to get your heart rate going and we know for a fact that some of our followers have even tailored their own training plan by running up the stairs every morning – just be careful though because we wouldn’t want any injuries. Scientists from the University of Roehampton found climbing five flights of stairs five times a week – an ascent of around 15 meters – burnt an average of 302 calories if the stairs were taken one at a time. Over time this will noticeably improve your oxygen in take and heart strength.


The Super-Subtle Ab Work Out: Next time you’re at your desk, sitting in on the train or even watching a movie sit up straight and squeeze your abs tight. Nobody will even know you’re doing it! Start off by holding the contraction for 30 seconds. That’s one set. Now repeat four times, with a minute between sets. As you get stronger, increase the number of sets you do during the time you’ve got. This is maximising your time and exercise efficiency at its very best. So get a little bit closer to a firmer tummy and you’ll also notice that the stronger your abs are, they better your posture is—which means you look taller and your bum looks a little bit perkier, even when you’re just standing around.


Dance dance dance: You don’t need to be Jennifer Lopez or John Travolta to shut the door, crank up the volume and strutt your stuff to your favourite songs. Dancing is the ultimate cardio to get your heart and limbs pumping. Try and keep yourself moving for an hour at a time, ideally twice a week – some of us here at YHD may not be doing it in the office just yet but you can bet that the mirrors at home have seen a few moves. To list just a few of the benefits, you’ll find that its burns calories, tones your legs and butt, and increases your flexibility. More than anything, it’s great fun!


So whatever you choose to start doing, you don’t need to spend money to start doing it. Get out there, give it a try and please let us know how you get on. We’d love to hear your stories so feel free to post them on our page at


Stay Healthy & Stay Happy,


Team YHD