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7 Full Body Workouts: No Gym Required

Fun ways to get a complete workout.

Image: Crystal, Flickr

We all need a small amount of exercise to be fit and healthy. How we go about getting this exercise however need not be dull, nor does it need to include setting foot inside a gym. Most of these workouts can be done at home so you can easily fit it into your busy schedule. So whether you enjoy yoga, Zumba or cycling there's something here for you.

1. A traditional workout

A beginner’s full body workout for women

Article / ByNina Cherie Franklin

This workout was created by Nina Cherie a research scientist, exercise physiologist & nutritionist. It can be done at home or in the gym, and combines free-weight and callisthenic resistance exercises with cardio for a complete, full-body workout.

2. Zumba

At-Home Zumba Workout

Video / ByAnna Renderer
This full body Zumba workout is led by Zumba instructor, Laura Micklich. It's just over 13 minutes long and is suitable for beginners. You will need Zumba toning sticks or 1 lb weights to complete the routine.

3. Pilates

Alisa Wyatt - Full Body Workout

Video / ByAlisa Wyatt
This is a 40 minute full body pilates workout video by Alisa Wyatt. It is not recommended for beginners, but you can find more videos on Alisa’s website .

4. Yoga

When You Only Have 20 Minutes: Total Body Yoga Sequence

Article / ByJenny Sugar

Start this workout with the downward facing dog, butterfly and wheel yoga poses. You can then move onto the main portion of the workout which should take no longer than 20 minutes. There are videos and photos to guide you through all the poses.

5. Capoeira

Go with the Flow: Brett Hoebel's 20-Minute Total-Body Workout

Article / ByTula Karras

This workout, created by celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel consists of just four exercises; capoeira reverse lunge and push kick, capoeira crawl, jujitsu step-through, and capoeira sit-up to half handstand. It can make you leaner, stronger and lighter in less than a month when done four times a week.

6. Get on your bike

What Parts of the Body Does Bicycling Work?

Article / ByMichelle Dawn

If you enjoy cycling, find out out how you can get the most out of this fun sport by strengthening not only your legs but also your core, back, and arms as well.

7. For the traveller

The Jetsetter’s Carry On Workout

Article / ByBryan DiSanto
Designed with the traveller in mind - this workout is ideal for your hotel room. It makes use of a set of resistance bands and may be done up to four days in a row before resting. There are videos to guide you through all exercises.


Nintendo Wii Fit Plus (with Balance Board)

Video Game / ByNintendo

If you enjoy a bit of friendly competition with you friends and family, why not make your workout routines more fun with this game. You can create your own customised workouts, or choose from 20-, 30- or 40-minute workouts.

Available for: Nintendo Wii

Zumba Fitness Core

Video Game / By505 Games, Majesco

This Zumba fitness game focuses on strengthening your core. Six pack anyone?

Available for: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

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