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So, my life has changed pretty drastically over the past year. Both me and my fiancée have gotten new full-time jobs, and have moved into the country.

However, this means that our lifestyle has become very sedentary, as we now both work in offices.

Before this, we both went to the gym regularly, and were getting reasonable fitness levels. But since then our fitness has dropped drastically.

I'm quite used to this, as I get sick quite a lot, so I'll have periods of months where I do a lot of training, but then it will stop suddenly for a while, so I have no worry that I can get back into it again.

My problem is that I want to encourage my fiancée to get back into it. She wants to get fitter, but without access to a gym there aren't a lot of things that she likes doing.

We don't have a lot of room in our apartment to keep equipment like rowing machines etc. but there is enough room for other exercises.

Living in the country, there are also a lot of nice routes for jogging/walking, however she is entirely against jogging. For me this was the only thing I could think of to build an exercise regimen around, so now I'm stuck as to what things we can do together.

Walking is fun, which we already do, but hopefully there can be other things we can do whilst walking that will be a little more intense and fitness building.

My question is, without jogging, what exercises can we do together that don't involve bulky equipment, that I can build a balanced exercise routine from?

They can be indoor or outdoor, but I'm looking for a range of different things we can do for an overall balanced regimen.

  • Is there anything stopping you both from performing stretching and body weight exercises? – rrirower May 20 '15 at 11:47
  • @rrirower no, that's kind of what I'm looking for. But I'm asking specifically about ones that can easily be done together within a routine. – Mike.C.Ford May 20 '15 at 12:01
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You could try doing some circuit training while out on your walks. Things like push ups, sit ups, box jumps(if you find a rock/bench or something to jump on), there's so many things you could add in.

Could maybe also try some HIIT(bit different to jogging as it's done in short intense bursts).

Also could give yoga a shot. This can be done pretty much anywhere with minimal equipment.

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  • I did think of all of most of those things, but I wasn't sure if it would be enough. I like the idea of HIIT. – Mike.C.Ford May 20 '15 at 11:55
  • +1 for HIIT. I would advise this for anyone looking to improve both cardiovascular and muscular strength. – Alec May 20 '15 at 17:20
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Calisthenics (body weight exercises), my friend, is one of your best options. Most calisthenic exercises do not require a lot of equipment and are very effective as they're combinations of cardio and strength training.

Not only can you perform them at home, you can even perform some of them at work, right by your desk.

Of course, the most famous ones are pull ups, push ups, dips, jumping, jumping jacks, knee jumping, crunches, etc.

I can give you a whole list of regimen to perform; however rather than doing that, I'll let give you just a sample list; give them a try and select the ones you love.

Performing calisthenics won't make your bulky (because of the limitations in the weights); however, performing them often (and improving your diet) will keep you shredded :).

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