Lifestyle: Exercising At Home

Gyms are all very well and good, but at £25+ a month I just can’t justify the cost. I was planning on signing up over my placement year, but said gym is the other side of town from where I am living, and I don’t feel comfortable with the walk in the dark. Sure, I still go swimming on occasional weekends but the majority of my exercise is done at home, in my teeny tiny room.

 photo 2015-02-08 17.08.52_zpsztvdyxqu.jpgI’m planning on heading out for proper runs as soon as the evenings lighten up – which shouldn’t be long now as there’s now enough light to see the keyhole when I get back (I was shining my phone at the door last week – note to self: ring council to fix street light). I’ll be using the Couch-to-5k program, but my real goal? I really, really, really want to run a 10k by the end of the year. I wasn’t going to mention it here, but I’m feeling that telling you all with give me motivation. Feel free to nag me if I get lazy!

 photo 2015-02-08 16.05.34_zpsfrjcw865.jpg photo 2015-02-08 16.04.36_zpsmpi05k2t.jpgI’ve also been loving the motivation from Youtube videos – this one is my current favourite although I find it really tough. I’m not really a huge fan of celebrity exercise DVDs, but I’ve enjoyed Charlotte’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz. The exercises are actually really fun, and it’s not too teeth-grittingly cheesy. 3 Minutes is a total lie, the Warm Up is 5+ minutes, but the actual routines are quick, fast-paced and seem to be having the desired effect. I find them fun too, with the best part being they don’t require too much space. Thanks to Cash Generator for sending me this!

 photo 2015-02-08 17.10.53_zpskjeaus1h.jpgI’ve also been doing some of these 3-day Challenges – my favourite being the Squat one. I do them twice a day. In the morning I use the time it takes to boil the kettle (now I’m on 150 I’m filling it up a bit more!), in the evening I just slot it in after whatever other workout I’ve done. I’ve been skipping rest days too, as I really struggle the next day! The Lunge one I’m taking slowly as my technique is poor, and I’m struggling through the Tricep Dips. I’m picking up an exercise mat this week to start on the Abs too!

 photo 2015-02-08 17.11.17_zpstde8mprn.jpgFinally, weights. I’m not after muscle, but I am after tone, and using light weights is actually making a real difference. I don’t do an awful lot with them at the moment, but just a few reps in between more fast-paced cardio bits is fine for now. Once I’ve lost weight I’ll be upping the toning!

Alongside this I’ve been eating healthier, taking low-fat soups to work and cutting down on the tea. Dinners are more packed with vegetables, and I’ve really cut down on white processed carbs. I must admit I am finding that tough, I was far more reliant on pasta and potato than I realised. Keep an eye out for more healthy recipes over the next few weeks…

Do you have a gym membership, or do you exercise at home? Tell me about your routine!


  • I used to regularly exercise at home and quite enjoyed it, Its something I definitely want to start up again. I think starting small is the best way to go. I also want to get back into running, and the C25K was what I used last time and thought It was great.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve heard so many good things about C25K, just need about 30 minutes more light in the evenings! x

  • i have a student gym membership 🙂 its right next to my house and it’s worth it for going a few times a week if not everyday 🙂 but i do like to workout at home too

    • ninegrandstudent

      If it was closer I’d definitely consider it more – sounds like you have a good routine though! x

  • This is really great thank you! I’m currently going to a gym once a week as my friend is actually a personal trainer which is helpful and is helping me get in shape for my holiday in September but I really want to start working out from home more and this post is brilliant thank you 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      That sounds good – my colleague offered to help train me up but I’m too embarrassed! x

  • Emma Alyson

    Such a good post! My uni gym is quite expensive to join, so i chose not to but now I’m struggling to get enough exercise in! Like you, I’m going to start running soon but it’s still a bit too dark for now. This post was really helpful though, thank you! I’m definitely going to pickup some weights soon so I can start working out from home!

    Emma Alyson x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve really enjoyed using weights – even just a few minutes stretching with them in the morning is making me feel stronger! x

  • Jennifer K

    I can’t justify paying for a gym membership, plus with travelling between cities for placements I’m never in one place for very long. I’ve been running which I’m really enjoying now. I want to try and do some more workouts at home – I love the idea of youtube videos but I’m not very good at staying motivated and often turn them off about five minutes. I need to find a way to make myself do them!
    Jennifer x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m the same, my LDR means I’ve rarely got weekends free! I like putting my favourite songs on and muting the fitness video – I force myself to go through one song, then find I’m so distracted singing along I’ll keep going! x

    • emily

      Same here, I’m in a pretty nomadic stage of life and paying for a gym membership when I know I’m moving away in 2 months is a little silly…That said, I used to belong to a karate group and that was really good exercise. We’d run several miles, climb 90 flights of stairs, etc in addition to the martial arts side. Now I live right near a river and walking trail, so I like to go jogging on that trail when I have time. It gets dark so early this time of the year though so on weekdays it’s difficult to get home early enough to go out and jog.

      • ninegrandstudent

        That karate group sounds amazing – I’d love something like that for the social side but haven’t found anything close to where I am living yet. I did find a pole fitness class but it was £12 a session (yep!) and I couldn’t justify it! x

  • writing down your 10k goal will make it more acheivable so it isn’t just a thought in your mind! & you are right, gyms are SO expensive, to run / cycle in the same position for 25 mins? No thank you!

    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s my view, I like to get out and about too so cycling/running “on the spot” sounds horrific to me! x

  • I’m a big fan of the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred videos. They are really intense and start off hard but are manageable if you put you push through. They also build on each other but aren’t too repetitive which is key for me. I get bored doing the same thing over and over again.

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely going to look into those as I have heard good things! x

  • I find the gym really expensive too, so I exercise at home. At the moment I’m doing Blogilates videos on Youtube, which I really enjoy (although the routines hurt!) Good luck with working towards the 10k, I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on 🙂 xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve heard lots of things about those videos so might have a look! Will keep the blog updated with my progress! x

  • I did the couch-to-5k-program in the summer of 2013. I got to the stage where you run for 20 minutes without a walking break before I got pregnant and had to stop. I’ll start doing it again soon, now that my son is old enough to be left alone with his dad for a while. 🙂 It was really great and totally do-able, even for someone as unfit as myself. I used an app on my iPhone called “Get Running” that had a very nice female voice telling you how long to run for etc. and you could play your own music while running. I loved doing it!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds good, it’s great to hear from someone who has done it! x

  • rebecca

    I’ve wanted to try out Charlotte’s dvd, but I can’t find reviews for it would you suggest it? Thank god I’m not the only one who thinks the prices are ridiculous but I get discount if I sign up with student membership (hallelujah) haha x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think it’s great, I really enjoy the routines. The warm up is tedious (and at around 8 minutes makes the whole workout a lot more). Its great as you could get blood pumping with a short workout, pick and choose between resistance or cardio, work through them all or just pick a combination to suit your mood. Hope that helps! x