How long do you actually need to work out for each day? Sam Wood weighs in

How long do you actually need to work out for each day? Sam Wood weighs in

You have plenty more time to exercise now you’re self-isolating at home, but how long should you actually be working up a sweat for? Fitness expert Sam Wood reveals all. With so many of us now at home practicing self-isolation to curb the spread of COVID-19, we seem to have more time on our hands. We certainly have a whole array of challenges life presents, but when it comes to ‘not getting my workout done’, the number one reason is always ‘I don’t have time’. Now that most of us do, there’s really no excuses so let’s put it to good use. You don’t need hours, a gym or even lots of equipment to get great results. What you should be focusing on is consistency and variety. ‘Am I moving my body most days – and when I do, am I mixing it up to keep my body guessing?’ Remember,... Read More
Chris Hemsworth’s at-home gym hacks are genius

Chris Hemsworth’s at-home gym hacks are genius

Chris Hemsworth gets creative with his workouts, proving you can use everyday household items to make the most out of your at-home sweat sessions.  There’s no doubt you’ve been bombarded with at-home workouts to try out while you self-isolate to curb the spread of COVID-19. And now Chris Hemsworth has just blessed us with savvy tricks on how to get the most out of your sweat sessions. The Thor actor shared an IGTV showcasing a full body workout with his ultimate trainer wingman Luke Zocchi. “Haven’t seen any home workouts out lately, so wanted to be the first to get one out there,” he jokes. Like what you see? Sign up to our bodyandsoul.com.au newsletter for more stories like this. But instead of using all the typical gym equipment, Hemsworth gets “creative” by using two laundry detergent bottles and a basket full of washing as weights, and a chair for... Read More
The affordable exercise equipment for your at-home gym to buy online from Bunnings

The affordable exercise equipment for your at-home gym to buy online from Bunnings

Set up your home gym, with exercise equipment so you can continue to get your sweat on. Bunnings, of all places, has an affordable range… Here’s our top picks.  Lounge rooms around the country are being transformed into at-home fitness centres, thanks to the recent forced closures of gyms, studios and most recently, outdoor Bootcamps. You may have already downloaded some of these excellent free at-home workouts, and tried a bunch of new online exercise programmes too, but there are some workouts you simply can’t do without the right gear. Like what you see? Sign up to our bodyandsoul.com.au newsletter for more stories like this. Whilst some gyms, like Double Bay’s Shelter and Paddington’s FLOW Athletic in NSW, are loaning their bulkier equipment to members so they can join in live-streamed Spin classes from home, it’s a tad trickier for the rest of us. Enter stage left, an unlikely hero:... Read More
Ultimate list of at-home Australian online workouts to stream while in coronavirus self isolation

Ultimate list of at-home Australian online workouts to stream while in coronavirus self isolation

As of Monday 23 March, gyms nationwide were forced to close in order to help control the spread of coronavirus. However, many pivoted quickly; offering online versions of their custom classes. Here is a rolling list of the virtual gyms and fitness studios that you can help support in your local area. Going to the gym is officially cancelled, thanks to the stricter lockdown measures introduced by the Australian government to fight the spread of COVID-19. That’s right, social distancing has morphed into physical distancing. But never fear, the internet is (always) here. With the sudden closures, fitness providers around Australia have found creative ways to pivot their businesses so that they can continue to operate via online classes and live streams. At body+soul, we want to support all of the small businesses who have been hit hard by these social distancing measures. Hopefully by shining a light on the... Read More
Everyday objects you can use to create your own home gym

Everyday objects you can use to create your own home gym

Gyms have closed down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here, fitness expert Sam Wood reveals which everyday objects you can use for a fat-burning workout.  For regular gym-goers, not being able to stick to your usual training routine or have access to equipment might seem like a complete and utter nightmare. Whilst I can completely understand that there’s no real substitute for a fully functional gym, there are plenty of every day household objects that can be used to create an effective workout. You just have to get creative. 1. Wine Bottles Social distancing might make you want to crack open a bottle of red more than usual but put the bottles to better use as a substitute for hand weights and prepare to curl that pinot! Just be careful not to drop them.. or drink mid set. 2. Soup cans/tinned beans Canned foods are the perfect substitute... Read More