ST. CLOUD -- This week in our "Fitness Friday" series on WJON, we show you that you don't need to go to a gym to get in a workout.

For many of us going to a gym can be intimidating, especially if you are just starting up.

John Inkster is a Clinical Exercise Specialist at CentraCare Health. He says you can find many things around the house that will substitute going to a gym.

"You don't have to buy anything in order to do some exercise at home," says Inkster. "You can walk a hallway or stairs in your house or apartment for some cardiovascular exercise, and things like a can of soup or a gallon of milk make great weights for strength training."

When working out at home make sure you're consistent and find a time that works for you. Inkster adds that during your workout put the small things aside during that time.

"If you think working out first thing in the morning is going to work best, give it a try and if not try another time," says Inkster. "And say to yourself over the next 15 minutes this is my exercise time and I'm going to ignore that dirty sock in the corner or that cup that needs to be put away."

Inkster says workout DVD's are helpful but you may need to modify the workout because the instructor is an elite athlete.

"You can defiantly try a workout video but I would make sure you get some sort of exercise first and then add in the video and go low and slow," says Inkster.

In order to make working out at home worth it, Inkster says to workout 10-30 minutes at a challenging intensity at least 5 times a week.


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