Staying active is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle – and you don’t need a gym to do it. Across the globe, personal trainers and fitness experts are going digital with their fitness routines, encouraging everyone to keep moving. From video boot camp to taking up boxing, there are endless ways to stay active while you’re social distancing from others. Here are some exercise ideas for working out at home.
Make A Mini Home Gym
If your home exercise equipment has been sitting in the corner collecting dust, it’s time to clean it off and put it to good use. Use a treadmill, elliptical or stair climber to get your steps in for the day, and set up a mini gym to put your muscles to work. Purchasing a yoga mat with a few sets of dumbbells, kettlebells or resistance bands, makes it easy to weight train in your own home, on your own time. Set up stations and use those items to work your arms, legs, shoulders, back and chest. You can use a stability ball and an ab wheel to work your core.
Set Up HIIT Stations
No equipment? No problem. Run through a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) routine at your home. There are loads of routines online, which include lunges, jumping rope, burpees and squats. Use your stairs for some high-intensity cardio. Start with 30 seconds of work, followed by 30 seconds of rest, and advance as you feel comfortable.
Pull those workout videos out of storage and use them to get your sweat on at home. If you don’t have any, order one. This GoFit Ultimate Pro Gym is a great set and comes complete with your own trainer on DVD.
YouTube and other streaming services offer a wide range of workout routines that are available for you to do at home. From resistance training to Zumba, many of these workouts feature great instructors that will walk you step-by-step through the exercises. Many of them provide motivation, too.
Try Something New
If you can’t make it to the gym to do your typical workout, consider something new. Try an online yoga or pilates class, or look for fitness instructors who are sharing workouts online. It’s a great time to focus on your stretching, too.
The activity you choose to do is up to you – just be sure to keep moving. Exercise is good for the mind, body and soul.
*Before starting any exercise or weight loss program, consult your physician.