If you work long hours and find that you don’t have time to drag yourself off to gym to lift heavy weights, run on monotonous treadmills and repeat the same circuit day in and day out – don’t worry! You’re not alone, and we have a smart suggestion for working out at home.

Why not opt for functional body weight training – the training method where you use your everyday surroundings instead of fancy gym equipment to reach your fitness goals. Not only will it save money on exorbitant gym fees, but you can also train in the comfort of your own home.

On top of this, there is no need to worry about sets, rest periods, repetitions and weights. What it really comes down to is feeling and seeing progress on your own terms, not only on the outside, but on the inside too.

Here is a list of some of our favourite free apps and YouTube channels that you can download or subscribe to – they will help you discover fun and interesting ways to keep fighting fit without having to go to gym. You will find the apps below on the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iOS devices).

Daily Yoga app

One of the top free mobile fitness and healthcare apps on the market, the Daily Yoga app will help you stay healthy and in shape with a fun, functional and on-the-go exercise programme.

This amazing app will provide you with yoga poses, stretches and stances that you can practise in the privacy of your own home. It also has some top weight-loss plans and reels of relaxing music to help you access your inner Zen.

MyFitnessPal app

MyFitnessPal is the world’s most popular wellness apps. You’ll find all your health and fitness needs at the swipe of a finger, including an amazing database of six million different foods, each one listed with detailed nutritional information. MyFitnessPal makes counting calories a breeze, and you can also use the app to track your daily activity and calculate your dietary needs.

Nike+ Running app

With the highly popular Nike+ Running app, you can take your exercising straight to the streets. This app will let you track your running progress over time, and compare your times with other people using the app – sparking a little healthy competition among users.

Afrifitness

Dance yourself into shape with this amazing Afrobeat workout channel. Afrifitness, owned and run by Rachael Okesola, is a local YouTube channel that will not only keep you fit, but also teach you some awesome dance moves along the way! Get your ‘Afrojive’ on in the comfort of your own home here:https://www.youtube.com/user/Afrifitness

CapeCalisthenics

CapeCalisthenics is a local YouTube channel that promotes the use of calisthenics training. What exactly is calisthenics, you may ask? It is a training technique that has taken the fitness world by storm over the last few years because it allows its practitioners to use functional and available equipment such as monkey bars, jungle gyms and everyday outdoor equipment to achieve their fitness goals. Filled with educational tutorials and fun street workouts, it is bound to become a big hit with the entire family. https://www.youtube.com/user/CapeCalisthenics

Now that we’ve opened your eyes to the possibilities of exercising at home, how about finding out more smart ways to involve your whole family in healthy outdoor activities? Click on the links below to read more of our articles.