With Lockdown 2.0 in full swing, many of us are likely feeling cooped up and a bit unmotivated. Regardless of whether you’re working from home, managing small children, looking for a job, or spending your days in front of a screen, moving your body is so important for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
But, when we’re all being asked to stay put for the greater good, what can we do to keep fit at home? I’m glad you asked!
At Home Workout Classes
Whether you prefer yogaopens a new window, Pilates, HIITopens a new window, Zumba, or jazzercize, there are a plethora of at-home workout classes available online or downloadable via App Stores. Many of these classes are free to access and can be done at your own pace and in your own time, making them the perfect choice during this period of isolation. Pick your favourite class, set aside some time each day, and get to it!
Use What you Have
You don’t need fancy gym equipment to get a good workout in. Use cans of beans, bottles of water, or a backpack full of books in place of weights; a garden hose in place of a skipping ropeopens a new window; a necktie or tea towel in place of resistance ropes; or a workout buddyopens a new window to sit on your feet when doing back extensions or crunches.
Take a Daily Walk
It can be so easy to get stuck at your desk all day, without the usual distractions of a bustling workplace. So, it’s really important to make sure you get up and walk around for a bit, at regular intervals. If you can, get outside in the fresh air (with your mask onopens a new window) and walk around the block; or, see how many laps you can do in and around your house. Even better: set yourself a daily step-count and see how often you can beat it.
Use Your Fitness Tracker
Speaking of step-counts – if you haven’t already, it’s worth investing in a fitness tracker. These devices are great for not only counting your steps but alerting you when you’ve been sedentary for too long. Connect with friends, family, and co-workers, to enjoy some friendly competition while also keeping your fitness up.
Stop for Dance Breaks
If you don’t feel like exercising or walking, why not stop for a dance break? Put on your favourite songs and dance like no-one is watchingopens a new window! Move your body, learn or make up a routine, and have a great time while loosening your limbs and laughing at yourself.
Try a Fitness Game
You might be surprised to know that there is a wide range of games to help you keep fit at home. From console games like Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch), Dance Central (Xbox) and Just Dance (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One) and BOXVR (PlayStation VR), to mobile games like Pokemon Go and Wizards Unite; you can break out into a sweat without having to leave the comfort your living room.
Regardless of how much or little we move our bodies, it’s also important to keep an eye on our food and drink intake. Make sure you stop for lunchopens a new window every day, drink plenty of water, and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Your body will thank you for it.