On top of all that, muscle burns more energy than fat. The more muscular you are, the higher your metabolic rate tends to be, which means you burn a significant number of calories even when you’re not working out (win!). Weight training can be done anywhere, says Svava. ‘You don’t need machines, or even weights. And it’s not only bodyweight exercises that strengthen your muscles – try incorporating balancing exercises, too.’
Northern beauty Mel Sykes always looks in tip-top shape – see her on Insta pushing weights… and smiling.
Parent and PT Jemma motivates mums (herself included) to squeeze in teeny snippets of exercise – and it works.
We love the motivational tips from this Canadian trainer – and her belief that everyone can tap into their inner athlete.
View the videos below to see Amy try out Svava’s favourite strength-training moves at home
Improves upper body, core and leg strength
Method: Start in a press-up position on your toes or knees. With hands wide, wrists in line with your shoulders and core engaged, lower your whole body down until your chest just about touches the floor – then push your body up again.
A full-body power move that works your arms, back, glutes, core and legs
Method: Squat with your bottom sticking out, then place your hands on the floor in between your legs and jump your feet backwards into a press-up position. Jump back to the squat, jump up and land in a squat. That is one burpee. Tip: When you jump out of the press-up position back to the squat, your heels need to be down on the ground.
Increases lower body and core strength
Method: Start in a kneeling position, then bring your left leg forward, bending it at the knee with your foot flat on the floor. Press your left heel into the ground and stand up, lengthening your left leg while kicking your right leg forwards. Control it as you come back down.
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