You don’t need fancy kit to work out at home, just do these simple yet effective exercises

1 Press ups

Works every major muscle group in the body. If you’re not very strong, start by standing and doing them against a wall, progress to pushing with your hands braced against a table, and then on the floor. “If you want to make it really hard, put your feet up on a sofa for extra leverage,” says Ray Klerck, MH online fitness editor.

2 Squats

“Keep your back straight and slowly sit down to chair level,” says Klerck. “Hold it for a moment, then stand back up. Take five seconds to get your knees to 90 degrees, and five to come back up.”

3 Lunges

“Put your feet together, then take a long stride forwards, bending the front leg so your knee is at 90 degrees, but your knee is not quite over the ankle,” says Klerck. Thrust out your arm like a swordsman if it helps. And always keep your back straight.

4 Crunches

“Lie down on your back, keep your feet on the floor, bend your knees and curl forwards until your shoulder blades are off the ground. Keep your arms behind your head and concentrate on flexing with your trunk,” says Klerck. Now have a cup of tea.

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