Rainy day exercise

Even the most dedicated exercisers find it difficult to walk, cycle or run when it’s miserable outside. As you’re gazing out the window thinking “darn it…guess I’ll have to be lazy”, give your Kiwi ingenuity a shove and see what you can find to do inside.

Phone exercise workout apps

If you have a smartphone, check out the exercise apps. Many of these are free, or cost just a couple of dollars. Some give you the extra motivation of a personal trainer, a stopwatch and video demonstrations. 

Web workouts

Search the web for a workout that requires nothing but your bodyweight and things you have at home. Women can check out womenshealthmag.com, while men can visit menshealth.com. Workouts can be printed off or downloaded to your iPod.

Workout DVD

Pop in an exercise DVD and you can work out in your living room. You could try yoga or pilates as low impact toning workouts.

Garage gym

Move your car out of the garage and you have a space to create your own fitness circuit. Choose a number of activities and do a minute of each. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes. Good garage cardio exercises include running on the spot, star jumps, burpees, push ups, squats, skipping, walking lunges, step ups, wall sits and ski jumps.

Dancing in the lounge

Put on your favourite music and dance for half an hour. Music therapy is good for your mind as well as your body.

Join an indoor boot camp

You’ll get all the benefits of a fun workout that pushes your limits, and you get to stay dry.