Are you sick of being sold expensive gym memberships or outrageously priced fitness equipment? We are here to show you how easy and cheap fighting flab can be over the festive season and throughout the year. If you have space in your living room burning fat and getting in shape can be cheap as well as fun!
Why work out in your living room?
Gym memberships always surge after New Year as people feast and fast their way towards unrealistic resolutions. However strong your urge is to get in shape now, three months of plodding to the gym in the evenings is enough to weaken anyone's resolve. Your nearest gym may be a car ride away and it is easy to find excuses. Exercising outside is great but it might not be possible in bad weather. Your living room, on the other hand, is always there and there are no excuses for blowing off a workout.
Timing is everything
If you want to burn body fat you should exercise first thing in the morning upon waking and before eating. Unless you live within walking distance of a 24-hour gym, working out in your living room is the easiest solution. When you wake up, your blood-sugar levels are at their lowest point, as you have not eaten anything for hours. Your body is more likely to use your body fat as a source of fuel to get through the workout. A morning workout is much more effective at burning fat than one later in the day.
Jump to it!
Forget treadmills and stationary bikes with ruinously expensive price tags, the cheapest piece of fitness equipment, the humble jump rope, is also one of the best ways to burn fat, build strength, stamina and get fit. To shift your stored body fat you need to do a specific type of exercise known as high-intensity interval training. Skipping is perfect for this as it is anaerobic. Beside the jump rope, you only need a thick foam floor mat to lessen the impact on your knee joints.
How to start out
As with any new fitness regime, always consult your primary health care physician before making changes to your daily activities. The easiest type of jump rope to use is a nylon speed rope as these are easy to cut to size. Simply stand up straight, loop the center of the rope under one of your feet and put the handles together in front of your sternum. Cut the rope to this length. Always warm up by walking or jogging in place on the mat and doing stretches before beginning to train.
Build up your sets
You will have to practice your technique is you can't complete a jump without the rope catching on your feet. Multiple jumps are called sets and you need to aim for jumping 140 times without a catch. Take what's called an 'active' rest between each of these sets by jogging in place for five minutes. If you repeat this pattern four times you will have a good 20 minute fat-burning workout that you can do in your living room. Build up from here until you can jump for longer
periods and then work in other moves like alternate steps. The shorter your workout is, the more likely you are to stick with it - no excuses!