Sometimes fun and fitness CAN go together…
In an ideal world, we’d all be bounding out of bed enthused with anticipation for a good workout every morning, right?
If you’re thinking ‘no, in an ideal world our muscles would just exercise themselves while we slept’, then you need a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout – be it dancing, cheering, cleaning or pretending to be Beyonce. Here are some of the best free not-workouts that YouTube has to offer.
With 40 minutes of intense springing, leaping, stretching and twirling, it’s guaranteed to work up more of a sweat than good-toes-naughty-toes ever did. Get into the spirit by wearing some wafty chiffon and buying yourself a Chomp at the newsagents afterwards.
Disturbance level: 7/10. Best for detached houses and ground-floor flats, unless you tell everyone in the building you’re the next Darcey Bussell.
Disturbance level: 8/10. High ceilings are a must. Go outside or risk the lampshade.
Back on awkward British soil, kick things off with this intense but not impossible Run the World routine – it’s less than five minutes long so you could do it before breakfast, and just think how powerful you’ll feel all day.
Careful not to dislocate a hip, mind.
Disturbance level: 7/10. Stomping, jumping, bouncing and probably a little empowered grunting.
Your balletic technique might make it a bit more ‘Adele Dazeem’ than Idina Menzel to begin with, but this is about passion, not skill – and the routine is at least 65% hair swishing anyway.
Disturbance level: 9/10. Buy your neighbours an apology gift basket.
For those of us too scared to hoist ourselves up in silks or join a trapeze class, core strength moves like these are a great way to sculpt impressive abs and arms without getting off the carpet.
Disruption level: 2/10. Silent and stealthy, but you’ll need a foam roller and a balance ball.
Peppy and perfectly toned Barnes has built an entire empire on her ‘cLEAN Momma’ workout programme, which teaches you to burn calories while doing all those pesky household chores. Provided you can stop yourself wondering why all the Clean Poppas aren’t helping, her hilarious videos definitely beat spin class.
Disturbance level: 4/10. You’re cleaning! No one can possibly complain.
Disturbance level: 8/10. More if you insist on actually cheering.
Part of her BodyFlex workout, Childers’ facercise will supposedly tighten muscles and smooth skin, like an all-natural facelift. If you manage to fight off the laughter lines, that is.
Disturbance level: 1/10. Oh, except you look disturbed.
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