Staying fit and healthy in the 21st century can be expensive. Long gone are the days when most of us spent our time roaming the plains, hunting for noble creatures to wrestle into submission and then drag home for our dinner.
Whether you’re flipping burgers for a living or you spend your day stuck behind a desk, the idea of spending your hard-earned buck on a gym membership or blowing it all on pricey equipment for the home is not so pleasant. But our red-bloodied ancestors didn’t need a bench press, and neither do you – there are plenty of serious exercises you can do in the privacy of your own home, without the need for a major investment.
We all know about push-ups and crunches (although there’s no harm in making sure you’re doing them right) but how about flutter kicks and bird-dogs? The former is for your core and will strengthen your back and improve your balance – and may mean finally achieving that six-pack, if you work really hard.
There are even bits of equipment you can replicate at home without having to splash out on overpriced “pro” gear. A 1-liter bottle of water makes a worthy challenge when it comes to lateral raises (lifting your arms like an X-Wing) or the seated shoulder press (sitting, of course, and lifting the bottles from your shoulders upwards).
Expert personal trainer Alistair Mills has teamed up with CashNetUSA to create an infographic that gathers these ideas and more into a series of achievable tasks – and all for no more than the cost of a can of soup (you’ll need to read on to know where that one comes in!).