Whenever she doesn’t feel like stretching and flexing, Steph says it always helps to remind herself how good she’ll feel afterwards. She combines working out with getting her groove on too, adding a mixture of disco and R&B tunes to her routines.
With a chilled attitude and musical vibes, sounds like it’s no panic and all disco with Steph. “Fitness is a personal journey”, she explains, “so don’t put pressure on yourself to keep up with others. Just take it at your own pace. That's what I did – so I know you can too.”
Outside the yoga studio, her workout partner of choice is a dressing gown belt, to help push harder into an extra deep stretch. Terry towelling aside, Meegan loves that when you work out at home, it’s just you and your mat. (Although her Hungarian Vizsla has been known to get involved with downward-facing dog!) Any advice from a pro to a newbie? “Take a quiet moment to breathe or play music as loud as you like – whatever makes you happy.”
A fan of working out at home for the convenience factor, trust us – this woman is a pro at finding alternative uses for everyday household items. Follow her lead by using a chair for split squats or water bottles for bicep curl weights.
As well as favouring the hot and sweaty style of HIIT sessions, Zoe believes in training the mind and the body, prioritising mental health over body goals such as weight loss. She also recommends starting small; there’s nothing wrong with one single sit up if that’s all you can manage. Take it one day at a time, and she reckons you’ll hit 20 before you know it.
While one favours weights and the other is all about dance, both girls see endless possibilities when it comes to working out at home. “Whether you’re holding as many tin cans as possible or turning up the volume as loud as it will go, it’s all about you.” (And whoever you choose to work out with, of course.)
The twins credit working together with helping them to feel confident, motivated and inspired. But if you live alone, don’t worry, we have it on good authority that video calling and fitness make a pretty good team.
As a working mum, ‘me time’ can be rare for Hannah, but a bit of scheduling and a ton of motivation works wonders. She plans her workouts into her routine, roping in her son as a rep counter! When she feels overwhelmed, the best way to overcome that hurdle is to say to herself, “You can do this.”
And you can too. For Hannah, fitness is all about building confidence and strength, as well as having fun – there’s no reason to be tied to one type of exercise. “Find something you enjoy, and the rest will follow, I promise.”
If you’re feeling shy about starting out, Ian has heaps of suggestions for exercising in private. From squeezing a pillow between the thighs for strength building, to stepping on a chair for hip thrusts, your own home is a private gym waiting to happen.
As with anything in life, if you want results you have to be consistent, but the hard work will pay off. “Just knowing I’ve exercised makes me feel more confident – and it will for you too.”