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Hi Lisa,

I’m generally an inactive person and I would really like to make fitness a part of my everyday life. Any suggestions on where to start?

Submitted by Tumi Mokhema on 30 August 2013

Answer

 Hi Thumi! Well done on making the decision to change.

Train anywhere!
Soapie time doesn’t have to be a stationary hour, so use the time to train. Here are some great home exercises to practise in front of the tellie or in your hotel room for a full workout.
Push-ups: 15 reps, 3 sets
Keep your body straight and elbows tucked in as you dip.

Tricep dips: 20 reps, 3 sets
Find a bed, coffee table or chair. Sit on it, hold onto the edge, lift your buttocks off the chair and lower down. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees then straighten your arms without locking and repeat.

Plie squats: 20 reps, 3 sets
Stand with your toes pointing out and feet just wider than the width of your shoulders. Keeping your torso straight, bend your knees and lower yourself down then slowly rise. Choose your intensity by holding one weight (large water bottle, medicine ball) with both hands as you squat.

Travelling Lunges: 20 reps, 3 sets
You will need to hold weights to keep this exercise challenging and use the largest floor space available to you. Keeping your feet parallel to each other and bending only to 90 degrees, lunge forward in a step. Join your feet together then lunge forward again with the opposite leg.

Side Abs: 20 reps, 3 sets
In a sit up position, put your right leg over the left and curl up to touch your right knee with your left elbow. Roll down and repeat, then swap legs and repeat.

Pound the pavement
Cardio is a good place to start for non-exercisers. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day can soon grow into effective 30-minute jogs. Don’t push yourself to run long stretches at once, rather include 20-second sprints followed by 60-second walking recovery intervals. This goes for any type of cardio – cycling, running, swimming etc.

Sign up with a personal trainer
If your budget allows it, this is really the best way to start off exercising on the right foot. Your trainer will keep you motivated, make sure your exercise sessions are regular, ensure you are exercising with the right technique, and tailor your workouts to suit your fitness goals.

Invest in fitness DVDS
This is seriously underrated! This is one of the ways to enjoy a structured, supervised and effective workout in the comfort of your own home.

Get active on weekends
If routine exercise is not your thing, you need to make physical activities a regular feature in your personal life. Hiking, walks on the beach, social tennis/squash, ice-skating, cycling on the promenade and bowling are all great extracurricular activities for you to enrol in.

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