Do You Lift or Squat?


I don’t know if you’ve ever been asked this question, but recently I was chatting to a guy from University and he threw this question at me quite out of the blue. The topic had got on to exercise and it had started off ok with the harmless “Do you go to the gym?’ I answered with “Ehm, yeah, fairly regularly.’ (I lied. I have been to the gym SIX TIMES in my ENTIRE LIFE.)

The next thing I know it, I’m being asked if I ‘squat’ or ‘lift.’ I was so surprised that I actually laughed in his face. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know squatting is a new fitness craze and everything, but it’s one that I’ve secretly always assumed was better left to the likes of Jodie Marsh and Kim Kardashian.

So if like me, the only lifting you’re into is to pick up a chocolate bar and the only time you’re willing to squat is to retrieve it if you drop it, here are some tips for exercising without the pressure of a gym environment:

Dancing: I’m not saying that you have to get yourself down to a Zumba or salsa class (although these are excellent ways of having fun and getting fit at the same time). If you don’t fancy it, even dancing to the early hours on a Friday night is a great way to burn some calories.

Video Games: If you’d prefer to do your work-out in the comfort of your own home with some friends, try playing on a game such as Wii Fit or Just Dance, which means you can be active and social at the same time.

The kids know best: Children never stop running around and maybe we should all take note from them! If you’ve got kids yourself, try getting involved in one of their games of tag or football. And if you haven’t got any, get a group of friends together and have a brilliant time reliving your childhood by playing games together.