Our gym alternatives if you are stuck inside

We all know the feeling of being stuck inside when our common menace hayfever has returned. But this doesn’t mean that you need to stop being active.

Something that you might have noticed is that a blocked nose is worse when you are sitting down or lying down.

If you’re a fitness fanatic who simply doesn’t want to sit still, or if you’re too embarrassed to go to the gym with a red nose and puffy eyes, consider doing exercise at home.

Your health and fitness is available within the touch of a button. There are numerous phone aps available that can provide you with exercise tips or body weight exercise regimes without the need for equipment. This means you can watch an instructor do this with you wherever and whenever you like.

With the new iPhone 6S available to order from the 12th of September , this gives us all the more reason to try these apps on the latest high-tech phone.

Some apps include Zova, Hot5 Fitness, Nike+ Training Club, Sworkit, Runtastic Six Pack Abs and Fitstar Personal Trainer.

If you just want to do a few simple exercises here are a few you could consider. Our word of advice is if haven’t done these exercises before, don’t try them until you know how to do them with the right technique.

Push ups

You have the option of doing push ups in a plank position or on your knees.


Try to hold this for 60 seconds!

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Pretend you have an elastic band wrapped around your knees, and lead with your bottom.


Make sure your knees don’t touch the ground!

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Sit ups

Remember not to strain your neck. Place your hands behind your ears.

Pelvic Tilts

Going into a bridge pose, lower the bottom and raise it again. The more reps the better.

If these exercises simply don’t do it for you because you’re a yogi, we understand. If you are bored at home and want to keep up your daily dose of peace consider some beginner yoga poses.

Bridge pose

A simple bridge pose is when you keep your head, neck, arms and shoulders on the ground and lift your bottom. Try this in front of a mirror, so you know if your body looks like it is in a diagonal line

Warrior pose

This is a good pose to help nasal congestion because you are standing up.

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Seated twist

This stretch would be good after squats.


Many people find this pose to be relieving, mind and body.

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If you want to beat nasal congestion once and for all, visit your GP who can recommend the best nasal spray for you.

(Photo credit: Fitness photos from Flickr by Rance Costa. Feature photo by Nathan Larkin)