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Lazy London: how to workout without leaving the house

Posted at 10:15 am, January 18, 2015 in Free, Fun London

wall squat exercise

Urgh, January. It’s just a big old pile of meh. All you want to do is curl up on the couch and not move a muscle. But how? Let us show you the way. Photography Rob Greig.

Do a home workout

Going to the gym sounds like a good idea, but it isn’t. So let Dan Frost and personal trainer Alexandra Roepka show you how to exercise from the comfort of your living room. 

1. Wall squat
Don’t freak out, but you’re going to need to leave the couch for this move. Just take a deep breath and make your way to the nearest wall. Stand with your back to the wall, then slide downwards so that your legs are at a 90-degree angle and hold for 90 seconds. Then move back up to a standing position, and repeat as many times as your flabby pins allow.
The benefits You’re toning up your entire lower body area – for limber legs and buns of steel.
Crank it up Extend your arms and hold a full can of lager in each hand for the duration of the squat. 


sofa sit up

2. Sofa sit-up
As the carpet is still littered with pizza boxes, it’s lucky that you can do ordinary sit-ups while lying on the couch. It’s like doing it on the floor, but comfier. Aim for 20, but let’s face it – if you can get to five that’ll still be a personal best.
The benefits Remember Brad Pitt’s stomach in Fight Club? Do a million of these and you might get close.
Crank it up Turn up the thermostat in your flat as high as it’ll go – bikram style! 

leg hold exercise

3. Leg hold
Behold the holy grail of layabout exercise. This move allows you to work out without getting off the sofa, keeping your eyes on the TV. While in the normal sitting position, simply lift your legs up and hold them in a horizontal position for 30 seconds. Then lower them back again and repeat until the end of the commercial break.
The benefits This is a really simple and effective way of exercising your core… whatever that is.
Crank it up Put one of the sofa cushions on your legs before you lift them.

Exercise your way to a better 2015 here.

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