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    A whole body workout you can do at home

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    With gyms and pools now closed across Australia, it is time to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to fitness. We've put together a simple bodyweight routine that you can perform anywhere - whether you want to work out in your living room or the local park.

    Beginners should perform the routine 1 time and more advanced exercisers can perform it 2-3 times. 

    Full body workout routine

    Warm Up

    Warm up with 2-3 minutes of marching in place or 25-50 star jumps.

    You can also try some of our below warm up exercises to loosen up the body.

     

    Chest and shoulders

    Push ups x 10-15 repetitions

    For this workout, do push ups on your knees or the wall. The wall is an easier option for those getting started, and a great alternative for those who cannot get down to the ground.

    Begin in a plank position on your knees or toes, with your hands wider than shoulders. 

    Bend your elbows and lower your body as close to the group as you can. Make sure you lead with your chest. Once lowered, push back up to the plank position to complete one repetition. 

    Repeat this 10-15 times. 

     

     

    Abdominals

    Full crunch or sit up x 20-30 repetitions

    Lie on your back on a mat. Bend both knees up to a 90 degree angle. Cross your arms over your chest or place your hands behind your ears to gently support your head.

    Ensuring you keep your lower back in a neutral position at all times, tuck your chin towards your chest, tighten your tummy muscles and lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Lower in a controlled manner.

    Concentrate on contracting your midsection throughout the movement.

    Inhale to lower, exhale to curl up.

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    Legs/lower body

    Wall sits x 30-60 seconds

    To do a wall sit, start with your back against a wall and your feet shoulder-width apart.

    Bend your knees as though you are sitting, making sure you keep your back flat against the wall.

    Stop when your knees are at 90 degrees and hold this position for 30-60 seconds. 

     

    Triceps

    Chair dips x 10-15 repetitions

    Start the tricep dips by sitting on a chair. Place your hands at the edge on the chair, just touching your bottom, fingers pointing towards your body.

    Walk your feet away so your bottom is just off the chair. Your arms and legs are straight. Keep eyes looking straight ahead.

    Bend your arms to lower your body, elbows pointing straight back. Draw your belly button up towards your spine to protect your back and breathe. Push back up and extend your arms straight.

    If this is too advanced, work up to the full move by starting with legs bent, so they are taking some of your bodyweight.

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    Buttocks

    Bridge x 10-20 repetitions

    Lie on your back with your arms by your side. Bend your legs and place your heels close to your buttocks.

    Slowly lift your hips off the ground and squeeze your buttocks.

    Hold this position for a few seconds and then lower your hips to the ground.

    Repeat 10-20 times. 

     

    Lower back & core

    Pointer x 10-15 repetitions each side

    Start on all fours and extend your opposite arm and leg parallel to the floor, then lower. 

    Do 10-15 repetitions before switching to the other side. 

     

    Want to make these moves more advanced? Add in resistance bands!

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