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Getting Fit and Healthy at Home - It's Easier Than You May Think!

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 147

Life today is so fast. Who has time to go to the gym every day? If you have a spare room or space where you live, keeping fit at home may be easier than you think.

There are only five basic pieces of equipment you will need. A yoga mat, a resistance band, a kettlebell, a fit ball and a pair of dumbells. You don't need a workout bench, you can use a knee high table or chair. Kettlebell swings in a squat stance are excellent for upper body and core strength and can be done anywhere. Use the fit ball for your dumbell flys, overhead raises and situps. Lie on your back with your feet on the ball to work hamstrings and glutes - simply pull the ball in to your raised hips while bending your knees. The resistance bands can be looped around your feet to work outside of legs while taking small sideways steps, or as a biceps or tricep curl exercise. Your yoga mat is perfect for stretching and floor exercises and can be easily folded away.

Together these five pieces of equipment will give you unlimited options to transform your body in the privacy of your own home, for very little cost. Studies show that moving your body for as little as half an hour a day not only improves your physical fitness but also gives you extra energy and mental clarity.

Simple changes to your diet can also greatly contribute to your well-being, with very little effort. The secret is to keep it simple. How many times have you vowed to start a new diet or exercise regime and set out to change all your habits at once - invariably you lose interest of give up because it is just too hard.

So let's make improvements one step at a time. First determine what is the unhealthiest part of your diet. If it is sugars, replace those biscuits or cakes with fruit, or drink water instead of carbonated soft drinks. If it is starchy carbohydrates, replace burgers and fries with fish and vegetables, or replace pastries with homemade oatmeal bars. Lean protein such as fish, chicken, turkey and eggs will become your best friends.

When at the supermarket, please aware of which isles you spend most of your time. If it is in the processed foods sections, run quickly to the fruit and vegetable area! Keeping your diet as natural and sugar-free as possible is the smartest diet choice you can make. HINT: if it comes packaged, it isn't completely natural!

Set up your spare room today and clean out your refrigerator and reap the benefits of staying healthy at home every day.

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