As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to make headlines, talks of social distancing and home lock-downs are only increasing. Here are a few home workout tips you can try outside of the gym.
Sometimes our daily schedules can get interrupted. Problems at work, unexpected delays, and kids home from school can all keep us from getting to the gym. And with the current outbreak of COVID-19, life might feel even more chaotic than normal. How can you stay on top of your fitness goals with everything going on?
Staying active is a great way to combat sickness and keep your immune system running at full speed. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, too! If you’re worried about keeping your distance from public areas, here are a few home workout ideas to stay fit from home.
Stick to The Basics
Home workouts can feel overwhelming. While many workout plans require professional-grade equipment, there are still plenty of workouts that require no equipment at all. Using your body weight is a great place to start. Push-ups and pull-ups are great for upper body strength. Sit-ups, planks, and burpees are good for activating your abs. Air squats, stairs, and running are workouts that can build muscle and cardiovascular strength. No matter what you do, be sure to target different muscle groups in order to create a well-rounded workout. Take it from personal trainer and coach Ralph Mazzuoccolo: “If I am doing high-intensity interval training, I do it at home…”.
Home Workout: Do a Video Home Workout
There are thousands of free online resources for almost anything you can think of– including D.I.Y. home workouts. YouTube is a great place to start, and users like ATHLEAN-X, Jeff Nippard and SELF have all provided free videos for anyone to follow along. You can also get extensive workout options from paid apps like BeachBody and Peloton.
Most of these videos require no equipment at all, so find some floor space, stream one of these videos in the living room T.V. and get going!
Home Workout: Run the Stairs
Cardio is an excellent way to keep your body running the way it’s supposed to run (no pun intended). However, equipment like treadmills and stair-steppers might not be a common household item. But don’t worry, there are plenty of exercises you can do from your stairs at home! Websites like Real Simple are a great place to start.
Home Workout: Yoga and Stretching
If strength training feels too overwhelming, just focus on keeping your body moving. Stretching is a routine that many gym-goers overlook, but it can dramatically affect your long-term health and flexibility. Gaiam is a great resource for learning easy yoga poses that anyone can do at home. Try new poses every week, and find a routine that works best for you.
Staying healthy is important no matter how busy you get. Regular activity is crucial to weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle! Whether you’re staying indoors to avoid the coronavirus or you’re just looking to squeeze in a quick workout before you start your day, these resources have everything you need to get started. Stay fit, stay safe.