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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 5th Aug 18, 8:39 AM
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    Can you get fit without a gym
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    Can you get fit without a gym 5th Aug 18 at 8:39 AM
    I'm a single mum who works 4 days a week so going to the gym is just not a possibility at the moment. I used to enjoy fitness classes and did a lot of them but nowdays walking (which i do a lot of whilst pushimg a 3yr old aroynd) is about the most i do. I was wondering if I could get a bit fitter/build a bit of muscle doing exercise dvds/ you tube videos and if anyone has any recommendations?
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    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 5th Aug 18, 10:24 AM
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    Quick answer - Yes.

    Have a look at Joe Wicks on YouTube, other channels available but it's a good place to start.

    If you're short on time then interval training is your friend. 20 mins 3 or 4 times a week is enough.
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 5th Aug 18, 11:03 AM
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    Pushing your 3yr old around will get you fit if you do it vigorously for 20 minutes five times a week. Often this just requires you to take a slightly longer route to/from some you were going to anyway.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 5th Aug 18, 11:07 AM
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    Park run - seen other parents doing it with a pushchair.
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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 5th Aug 18, 11:11 AM
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    Oh I walk about an hour a day pushing her as I don't drive but feel I need something more
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    • By ruperts 5th Aug 18, 1:11 PM
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    You need a special type of pushchair for it to be safe to run with, but that's one possibility.

    There are plenty of outdoor gyms in parks these days. Combining a few exercises on that equipment with some pram running would give you a decent work out.

    If it has to be at home and you don't want to buy any equipment then it's still possible, there are no end of work out videos on YouTube that you could follow.
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 5th Aug 18, 2:18 PM
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    Your fitness gains are determined by what you do, not where you do it.

    Walking isnt really going to improve your fitness very much. Can you have somebody watch your child whilst you get in a run? Or perhaps you could have a run when you are on your lunch break at work? Depending on the shower facilities. Could you cycle to work and turn it into a training session?
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    A bag of rice in each hand, then step up and down your bottom step for 5 mins including arm lifts/bends. Repeat daily.

    It can be as simple as that.
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    • By Rosemary7391 5th Aug 18, 3:41 PM
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    The NHS has some podcasts for running and strength and flexibility that you can do without much stuff - think the strength/flex one is designed to be done in a park.
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    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 5th Aug 18, 3:50 PM
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    I didn't realise you needed special pushchairs, but if you wanted to get your heart going a bit you could do a sort of fartlek - push, then jog for a bit (when and where might be decided by the pavement and other people).Quite a few ideas in the replies, so hope you find something that works for you.

    Another exercise to get the heart going is skipping - cheap equipment and can be done anywhere with a spare 10 minutes.

    I play women's football and there are plenty of mums in mine and other teams, but perhaps not practical for you at the moment as it's a bit of a time commitment. But I do exercises for this at home on my own: lifting weights to strengthen my knee and leg muscles, for example.
    • lozzy81
    • By lozzy81 5th Aug 18, 3:59 PM
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    Check out rebecca louise on YouTube I have been doing some of her 10 min abs work out and they are great, she is really motivational as Well
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    • genetic
    • By genetic 6th Aug 18, 9:25 AM
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    I like fitness blender (on youtube). They have lots of body-weight only routines and others where you only need hand weights (or water bottles/ anything heavy and easy to hold). They are a good mix of cardio and strength training and aren't annoying!
    • LilTerryWhite
    • By LilTerryWhite 6th Aug 18, 2:01 PM
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    There are a lot of cardio sessions on youtube. Start with 20-30 minutes(2 or 3 times a week) and then try to increase your time to 40-60 minutes cardio workout in a month or two.
    Good luck.
    • Soulginge
    • By Soulginge 10th Aug 18, 9:28 AM
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    Absolutely!! Joe Wicks on YouTube is great, both me and my wife can be seen limping round the lounge after one of those. I also find some great workout stuff on Pinterest, just have a bit of a search and it should pop up pretty quick.
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 12th Aug 18, 9:34 AM
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    Yes, you don't need a gym but if you aren't using a gym and not doing classes you need to be motivated enough to find something that you enjoy and can stick to doing regularly. This is where I always fall down.

    As you say, walking will get you fit to a certain degree if you do enough and step it out so you get your heart rate up, but if you really want to get fitter, more toned and lose weight then you need to do something else as well.

    I cycle a bit but I also make time for the gym and classess because otherwise I wouldn't do much regular exercise - and the busier I am the more that is true. However I am lucky enough to have older kids so don't have to worry about childcare.

    I would try and fit 2 or 3 of the Joe Wicks workouts into your week as they are short but effective. He defintiely does know what he is doing too.
    • photojournalni
    • By photojournalni 14th Aug 18, 9:22 AM
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    Another advocate for parkrun. One 5km a week added to your current walking with the pushchair will do wonders.
    Ultimately it depends on your overall fitness goal though - do you want to be super fit, or are you happy to just increase what you are currently doing to bring your fitness levels up a notch? If it's the former then i'd suggest doing some body weight exercises and some yoga - all can be done in your living room.

    Try the Do You Yoga website - it has some great free classes. I did a 30-day strength workout - 10 to 15 mins a day - and it was remarkable how much strength I gained.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 14th Aug 18, 10:25 AM
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    I'm trying by using resistance bands and going for the occasional run.
    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 20th Aug 18, 6:42 AM
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    Thanks for all the responses. I don't have anyone to help me with childcare unfortunately so park runs are out and i only get a 30 min dinner break so usually try to incorporate a walk into that. However I could definitely try to do something at home and do have some dumbbells, not super heavy ones but better than nowt! I could probably fit 30mins in so I will try to do that as often as I can
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 26th Aug 18, 8:24 PM
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    Can you fit in some time to go swimming? Easy way to get fit and you can take your 3 year old, most children love it.
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