OK, I nearly gave in.
I've been working on my fitness at home recently, mainly because I've been unlucky enough to catch the damn norovirus. I've pretty much fought it off now, but it's parting gift has been a nice rash all over my body. The doctor tells me it will pass in about 4 weeks(!), so my usual trips to the swimming baths are totally out of the question.
Anyway, following that, over the weekend, I also managed to break my rowing machine >:(
As a result, I'd been edging ever closer to that gym membership, until I discovered: Youtube!
OK, so I knew where youtube was all along of course, but sometimes it's very easy to overlook the obvious. Youtube has been very useful to me over the last few days because it's chock full of loud, shouty, fitness types like this guy ^ who post workout videos you can do along with them.
Why this guy? Simply because he IS loud and shouty.
I haven't bought his product as I'm already aware of, and use his techniques, but his workouts are very intense and because of his personality, he drives you on while doing them. So, armed with laptop, I take over our kitchen every evening for about 20 minutes with my motivational and "personal" trainer!
Yes really. All you need is an internet connection and a little space.
The web is full of all the weight loss/dieting/exercising advice you could ever hope to need. Plus, there are workouts you can do on the spot, with no equipment whatsoever, (this is how I recently found out what a "burpee" is), and if you don't like this guy, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands more like him out there, so choose another person you like. Hell, choose someone sexy to look at while you workout ;) And with youtube's new "watch later" feature, you can save a number of different workout videos for other days.
Then again, when it comes to equipment, sometimes you can't beat something as simple as a couple of chairs. OK, they haven't replaced my rowing machine just yet, but they're certainly helping me exercise the same muscle groups just as hard, and again you tube come up trumps here. It's very easy to find videos that show exercise that require little or no additional equipment, or stuff you might already have around the house.
So, with my feet up on one chair, doing pressups, or using 2 chairs for dips, I'm still getting my exercise. Who knows, if it goes well, I may not replace the rowing machine at all...
Anyway, just to show how serious I am, I have taken a "before" photograph, and when I get the results I'm after, I'll come backand post an "after" photograph, wish me luck!!