As the weather gets cooler, it may seem tempting to spend most of your time rugged up with a blanket watching you favourite TV show, but remember: summer bodies are made in winter!
Get off the couch and keep active with these simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. No equipment is required and each exercise will help you increase your strength and mobility throughout the winter.
Wall push ups: Place your hands on a wall at shoulder height. Slowly bring your chest into the wall and then push away until your arms are fully extended. Repeat 20 times.
Squat hold: Place your back against a wall and lower until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Keep your back straight and chest up. Hold for 30 seconds.
Calf raises: Holding onto the back of a chair for support, lift one leg so you are balancing on one foot. Slowly raise your heel until you’re on your tiptoes and balancing only on the ball of one foot. Lower back to the ground slowly. Repeat 20 times on each side.
Bridges: Lie on the ground with your hands by your sides. Bend your legs and bring your heels up to your bum. Push into the ground with your arms, lift your hips up as high as you can and then lower. For an extra challenge straighten one leg and keep it off the ground. Repeat 20 times.
Reverse crunches: Lying on your back, keep your lower back pressed into the ground as you crunch your knees up to your chest, then straighten them out again. Repeat 20 times, trying to make sure your feet do not touch the ground throughout the exercise.
Submitted by Ashley Hunt