We know how crucial staying active is for our overall health. But when COVID-19 attacked, your workout routine might have interrupted because we need to stay at home and follow the lock down protocol to limit the spread of the virus. With self-isolation, we still have to spend much, if not all, of our time at home. Also, it is still not safe to go out, for the virus is still lingering around - an enemy we cannot see.
Staying at home means fewer opportunities to be physically active if you are used to walking or cycling for transportation, and doing leisure time sports outdoors.
But hey, we can still prioritize our health (which is important) even when we are spending less time outside our homes. You can stay fit without your local gym’s fitness instructor, machines, and weights. Boost your mood and stay active at home by trying out these tips.
Seriously, sit less. Take a one to two-minute walk around the house, or at least try to alternate between sitting and standing every 20 to 30 minutes to take a short break from your device.
Connect with your mind, body, and nature by taking a walk or running around your village.
Set a schedule and goals to make the routine fun. You can try a different route for each day of exercise, and aim for 3 km, 5 km, 10 km, and etc. Go challenge yourself!
Did you know that body weight strength exercises are as important for health as aerobic exercises? Aim for at least two body weight sessions per week. You can do two to four sets of 6-15 repetitions of sit-ups and press-ups. Planks are also challenging. Try different variations! Download a fitness app. There are thousands of apps that offer full workouts you can do at home with no equipment.
Support not only your physical health but also your mental health by adding yoga to your workout routine. You can search for some yoga sessions online and focus on your well-being at home.
If you think jumping is boring and tiring, then dancing might be the best option for you, something that you will really enjoy. It is an excellent way to maintain fitness and help you get through the lonely days.
The quarantine is a good opportunity to bond more with your family. Play active games with your kids or little fur-babies to increase the amount of exercise you get while staying at home.
With so much free time we have now, we do not need to hurry. Use the stairs!
If you are staying in an apartment, try not to use the elevator for now and take the stairs instead. Here is another trivia: Did you know that as little as three 20-second fast stair climbs a day can improve fitness in only six weeks? Just avoid much contact with the handrails!
Aside from the fact that exercising can help us achieve a healthy body and mind, physically active people usually live longer than those who are inactive. Inactivity is an essential risk factor similar to high blood pressure, smoking, or high cholesterol.
When you exercise, chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins are released in your brain. These chemicals can help improve your mood, lessen the risk of depression, and delay the onset of dementia. You can fight stress and anxiety by staying physically active. Exercising reduces health risks and prevents diseases. It also improves bone and muscle strength and increases balance and flexibility.
Now you have reasons to start being active! So whether you are just bored or want to continue your workout routine and be fit, these tips are perfect. We hope we provided you with some value during this crazy time.
Here are some channels you might want to follow on YouTube that offer home workouts perfect for the quarantine.
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