As many of us have been confined to our homes, it’s more important than ever to prioritize our health and wellness. But the truth is, these uncertain times have shifted our routines and have drastically changed the way we all go about our normal days. It’s easy to get in the habit of skipping daily exercise, especially as workout facilities have been closed to the public. So how have you been staying fit during these unprecedented times?
Home fitness apps, virtual challenges, and creative DIY fitness videos are all popular options right now to get your mind and body moving.
Here are a few ways to stay active, healthy, and motivated during quarantine:
Go for a walk or run outside, but switch it up!
It’s important to at least get 30 minutes of exercise daily. If you are working from home or even if you’re not, it’s imperative you take a break to reset your mind and even improve your mood! Whether you’re a runner or a walker, try and check out different areas to go to each day. When you continue to mix it up, it will feel less monotonous and more interesting - therefore making you more motivated to do it! Experts at Mayo Clinic note that walking every day can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your mood. “As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. If you can’t set aside that much time, try several short sessions of activity throughout the day. “Any amount of activity is better than none at all,” Mayo Clinic advises on its website.
Try a bodyweight workout
Don’t worry if you don’t have any weights, you can still achieve a great workout with strength training and high-intensity movements. Push ups, squats, and planks are all great variations to incorporate into your at-home workout. Plus, if you feel you are needing a bit more cardio, add a jump in between movements such as lunges to get your heart rate up. If you’re confined to a small space, try to do some planks with a few quick jumps in between!
Do a virtual yoga class
Even if you’ve never done yoga before, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of free yoga classes on YouTube. Yoga began over 5,000 years ago, but it’s only been in the recent past that Western scientists began to study the impacts it can have on the mind and body. Yoga has been proven to reduce emotional and physical stress, and can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Yoga has also been shown to improve and elevate your mood, helping ease emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and overall mental health.
Do a workout challenge
Sign up for a challenge
There are tons of resources out there, especially right now, that provide free challenges you can join to help keep you inspired. Big brands such as Peloton and Nike are offering workouts for free for the time being, and many brands are extending their free trial periods or waving their fees entirely during these times.
The main point is, you don’t need to give up your workouts just because we are all spending a lot more time at home. Plus, with fewer events, obligations, school functions, etc. now is the perfect time to take care of yourself and dedicate more of your spare moments to prioritizing your health.
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