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Diwali Bod: Six Easy Full-Body, No-Equipment Workouts

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Ah, the festive season. Diwali 2021 is going to be something else, and we know that you’re about to go all out with your outfit. And, let’s not forget the ultimate reward - ghee-laden mithais, piping hot samosas and sweet-savoury kachoris!  But, before you plop down in your sparkling salwar suit with a plate of laddoos, why not make all that incoming gratification a little sweeter by working up a sweat and burning off some extra calories. You don’t even need a trainer or fitness equipment. Just find yourself some space, put on a cute gym fit and get moving.

Here are 6 super-easy full-body workouts you can do to get fit before Diwali!

1. Stair workouts

If you take the stairs to work or home, you’re already halfway there! Go all out with a speedy cardio sesh, or just modify your average lunges and squats on the stairs. But, if that sounds too stressful, you can always just climb upwards at a slow to medium pace. This is a great way to get your heart pumping and add just a little bit of challenge to your workouts.

2. Vinyasa Yoga

Depending on the complexity of your pose, you can easily work up a sweat with Vinyasa Yoga. Try doing just the Surya Namaskar if you’re a newbie, and gradually work your way towards performing more intense poses like the ‘pigeon pose’ or the ‘wheel pose’.You don’t even need an instructor for this. Just your trusty mat and your phone (for YouTube, of course).

3. Pilates

A low-impact workout, Pilates is highly-effective and can help you get stronger over time. Regular practice also comes with other benefits including better core strength, stability, flexibility, injury prevention and better posture. There is, of course, no dearth of online home pilates tutorials on the internet.

4. Zumba

Heavy on the fun, and high on energy and intensity, Zumba is perfect for those who find the gym, Yoga or just exercise, in general, boring. Even messing up the choreography is enjoyable and you don’t really need tons of space to do it. Result: Burned calories and a sweaty, albeit toned body.

5. Barre Workouts

Inspired by Yoga, Pilates and Ballet, Barre may be low-key in popularity, but it’s still pretty impactful. While it is usually conducted in classes and using a barre, it can still be done at home using just a countertop or a chair back for support. You’ll find plenty of calorie-burning exercises in this one, which target major muscle groups such as your arms, legs, core and glutes.


20-30 minutes is all you need to get the most out of your HIIT workout. It makes use of moves such as burpees, mountain climbers and push ups, that require optimal usage of body weight, to give you all-round muscle toning benefits. It also packs in enough cardio for you to skip the daily run.

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