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Working out at home as well as the gym

I got a new toy yesterday - a 5kg medicine ball.

For those who've never come across one, it's about the same size and texture as a basketball but it's weighted to help with things like abs toning.

I decided to get it after finding a stomach-training workout in the latest edition of my fitness magazine, which landed on the doormat this week.

I've always had a bit of a belly but before I lost weight it was balanced out by the overweight everything else.

Now, from some angles, it looks suspiciously like the early onset of a baby bump.

I've considered keeping it and stroking it lovingly every now and then to see how long it takes rumours to start as I do like winding people up from time to time.

But, no, I think it would be better to try to work it into shape with some toning exercises.

So yesterday I popped to a sports shop in town and bought my little helper.

Carrying it back from the shop proved enough of a workout for yesterday.

Today I managed the next step of taking out of its box to use it.

I could certainly feel my abs working with the first couple of exercises.

I had to laugh when I saw the third one though.

Once I'd stopped laughing I decided I'd better skip that particular move as the lounge floor, the fireplace and/or my body could be irrevocably damaged by a falling medicine ball if I tried to lift it high into the air between my outstretched ankles.

I decided to raise my knees towards my chest a few times with the ball between my ankles instead.

It's good having a few bits of equipment at home as it means I can do a workout even if I can't make it to the gym (or if it's raining hard and I'm too wimpy to venture outside).

I can also focus on cardio at the gym and toning at home.

I think I need somewhere to store all my things, though, as the lounge wasn't really designed for it.

We've been vaguely thinking about converting out loft into an extra bedroom at some time in the future.

I wonder if Gary would let me convert it into a home gym instead.

I'd be willing to compromise and put a futon in the corner.

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: June 17, 2012

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