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Get Healthy in Your Own Backyard

Being in shape is extremely important for maintaining the balance in your life. Our physical condition affects all the aspects of our everyday routine - commuting, work, leisure time and our general mental well being. However, many of us simply do not have the time on their hands to dedicate to some serious exercise, which is why we simply forget about it and then remember it again only when we feel a pain in our neck, back or we start feeling chronically tired.

One of the most frequent excuses people have for not working out is that they do not have a gym nearby and so they do not have the time to visit it after work. For all of you home and backyard owners out there - would you believe it if we told you that you can solve your problem with just a couple of tyres?

Preparation

We did not want to write about something we did not try ourselves, so we headed down to our neighbours, Tyre King Seven Hills, and asked them if they were willing to give us some spare tyres. Being good neighbors as they are, the guys were willing to help and soon we were richer for a couple of big, truck tyres as well as some regular car tyres. Here is what we did next.

Obstacle Course

We set up a small obstacle course. It was really the basic one - a couple of tyres placed horizontally in two lines for running over them, then a couple placed vertically for passing through them and then another horizontal and vertical set to complete the circle. This is the part which was supposed to provide us with enough cardio exercise, but the most important thing happened in between.

We placed a truck tyre after each of the vertical obstacles. The plan of the exercise is to run over the horizontal tyres, pass through the vertical and then perform one of the exercises we will list in the next paragraph. Then repeat and go in circles for the unlimited experience which allows each person to adjust the exercises according to their own needs.

Exercises

Here are some suggestions for the exercises you can perform on this improvised course.

- Flipping the tyre is the obvious and very useful one.

- Stand in the center of the tyre pick it up and make small walking circles for as long as you can stand.

- Do the shrugs. Pick up the tyre and shrug. Sounds simple? Try it first, then talk.

- Jump into the tyre, then jump out on the left. Jump in, jump out on the right. Repeat and increase the number of repetitions as you progress.

We tried it

As a conclusion, we can tell you that we tried our obstacle course one afternoon and later no one was particularly happy to do anything else but watch tv and then get some sleep. In short, it worked, and you should give it a try yourself.

 

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