Exercise at home to strengthen your immunity
By Pascal Sedgwick, Health Coach, The Fast 800
Whether you’re stuck inside, looking to sneak a quick workout in or simply prefer to exercise in the comfort of your own home, by doing so you will be strengthening your immune system as well as the rest of your body. Thankfully, The Fast 800 makes small-space, equipment-free sessions easy.
Importantly, not having access to large spaces or a gym membership shouldn’t stop you from exercising. In fact, consistent exercise is integral to long-term metabolic health and here you’ll see just how easily it can be done without using expensive equipment or going to the gym.
New research shows by leading a physically active lifestyle, we may be less likely to contract contagious and non-contagious diseases. So, regular exercise may just bolster your immune system on top of its more obvious benefits of fitness and strength!
It’s important to incorporate a combination of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and resistance exercise into your lifestyle, as is set out for you as a member of our 12-week online programme, because studies have shown this combination, alongside incidental exercise, leads to weight loss and positive health outcomes.
When spending extended time at home, it’s easy to lose structure in your day and ultimately fall off track, however, exercise is a great way to get you feeling productive. Plus, starting a routine in the comfort of your home will help to reset your relationship with exercise.
Read our tips for working out at home and then try our FREE 7-day workout plan to get started.
How can you do resistance exercises with no equipment?
Resistance training is extremely important in the maintenance and growth of muscle mass. This is important in maintaining strength, posture, bone density and tone. Our resistance training sessions are time based, meaning you can focus on your technique properly without having to worry about completing a certain number of repetitions in an allocated time period.
Time-based sessions also enable you to progress your weights and duration of the exercises from one week to the next.
What you need:
- A towel or yoga mat for comfort
- A clear space – if it fits your mat, that’s usually enough
- Dumbbells if you have them, although filled water bottles or canned goods make great substitutes
- A chair or bench
Here’s a taste of the resistance exercise videos from The Fast 800 online programme:
HIIT exercise at home
HIIT is characterised by repeated work phases of vigorous or ‘maximum effort’ exercise, each separated by periods of rest or low intensity exercise and finished with a cool down. We love HIIT because it takes just five minutes to get a great workout in.
Since the discovery of HIIT, evidence of its benefits has continued to grow. Researchers have learned that unlike steady-state exercise, HIIT directly targets visceral fat, the fatty deposits that can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
You can choose your HIIT exercise based on your own abilities and preferences – simply choose something that will get your heart rate up during the “work” phase.
Here are some you may be able to do in your home:
- Cycling (exercise bike)
- Running (stairs, sprinting on the spot or on a treadmill)
- Jumping jacks
- Rowing machine
- Water running in a pool
- Skipping rope
Maintaining fitness with incidental exercise
This is the exercise that you do in your typical day-to-day activities. It has long been proven that people who incorporate lots of incidental exercise in their day tend to live longer, healthier lives and better maintain their weight. Your activity level between training sessions also strongly impacts your health. In a review of 48 studies conducted over a 15-year period from 1996 to 2011, researchers found a clear link between sedentary behaviour (independent of physical exercise) and mortality risk. Living a sedentary lifestyle was also a predictor of increased weight gain from childhood to adulthood. A further study has shown that in older adults, incidental activity can help to protect against cognitive decline.q
If you’re spending lots of time at home, try incorporating these ideas into your daily routine:
- Take the stairs to your apartment, or go up and down your staircase every 30 minutes
- Walk the dog
- Walk around while you are on the phone
- Download audio books to listen to while you do housework - a good swap for reading in bed!
- Download the new Fast Asleep audio book and take a walk in fresh air while you listen
- Drink plenty of water. This will make you get up regularly for the toilet, if nothing else!
- Do some gardening
- Finish a DIY project or chore
- Do 10 squats before opening the fridge, 10 sit-ups before turning on the TV, etc
Members of The Fast 800 online programme have access to weekly exercise plans tailored to their fitness level and based on the formula of 2-3 HIIT and resistance sessions each per week. All workouts can be done at home with little to no equipment. Additionally, members have access to exercise video guides to check their form, learn new techniques and stay motivated.
Keen to test out our theory? Download our free 7-day at-home workout plan and get access to a bonus 7-day Mediterranean-style meal plan!
Here’s what you can expect
This plan is suitable for beginners, however we always recommend consulting with your usual healthcare professional before commencing any new exercise routine. Please also refer to our medical disclaimer.
The Fast 800 is an innovative approach to healthy living and weight loss based on the latest scientific research. Developed in conjunction with Dr Michael Mosley, the online programme is for those that need more support and guidance for achieving long lasting health. If you join the online programme, you will receive Mediterranean-style menus with weekly HIIT and resistance training plans that are tailored to your level of fitness.