Best ways to burn calories in the bedroom (no, it’s not what you think)

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 While sex can burn up to 500 calories per hour, there are numerous other ways for you to get fit while avoiding the ravages of prying eyes or unforgiving weather. In fact, some of the most effective and easy ways to burn calories don’t even require you to leave the house! Here are just a few ways to break a sweat and get fit indoors:

Get fit with your furniture
Who says you need expensive gym equipment to get fit? Your kitchen and living room have all the equipment you need to get exercising. Instead of sitting on your couch next time you’re watching TV, try using it to keep your feet in place for crunches, or for tricep dips. If none of that sounds like your kind of thing, just try rearranging the furniture—do it for long enough, and you’ll burn plenty of calories!

Get connected
Lots of websites now offer fitness classes that you download for later use. Check out Physiic.com or FitnessGlo.com for a huge range of classes that suit every budget and fitness level. best part is that you can do your chosen classes in the comfort of your own home at whatever time you want—and if you get interrupted, you can literally press pause and come back when you’re ready.

Climb the walls
Indoor rock-climbing isn’t just a fun alternative to visiting the gym. Not only does it give you a fantastic total body workout, it’s completely indoor and designed to suit a range of fitness levels. Rock-climbing develops your strength and flexibility and challenges your mind and body. And because it’s indoor, you can do it year-round, whatever the weather!

Shop up a sweat
Not only does Lulumon sell great fitness attire, it also offers free in-store yoga classes from experienced instructors. Classes are suitable for beginner to intermediate levels and offer various types of yoga, including Anusari and Vinyasa Flow. For full details, check out the Lulumon website, which features an events calendar for all stores.

Join the circus
Circus Arts (www.circusarts.com.au) is probably the most fun you can have while getting fit. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never set foot on a tricycle before—classes suit all ages and abilities, and there are even corporate workshops on offer. Circus Arts has four schools around Australia, and its Byron venue is the country’s first indoor circus school, complete with a full-sized trapeze!

Wave goodbye to being unfit
If you’ve always wanted to try surfing or body-boarding but are afraid of getting washed away or eaten by sharks, using an indoor wave machine instead is your perfect solution. Not only is it much more exciting than swimming laps at your local pool, it’s also a fantastic workout that helps strengthen your core and improve your balance and coordination.

Sky-dive in safety
This is another great workout option for those keen to get the fitness benefits of extreme sports without the stress of the ‘extreme’ part. Indoor sky-diving lets you simulate the experience of jumping from a plane while building your fitness skills and strength and having a blast!

Slide your way slimmer
Gliding discs (available from sports shops and online retailers) are a simple way to make exercises that you can easily perform at home, such as push-ups, squats, and lunges, even more effective. These two flat circles let you add a sliding motion to your exercises that lets you work your muscles harder without adding any extra weight to your workout.

Up your resistance
Resistance bands are another easy but effective way to up the intensity of your home workouts. You can either buy a pair of bands from a sports shop or online, or, if you want to keep it cheap and simple, just use an old pair of stockings. All you need to do is tie the legs together and hook the loop over your ankles to intensify exercises such as side leg raises or lateral walks.

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