In addition to promoting a healthy mind and body, exercising can be a great way to relieve stress, improve your focus, and increase your energy levels. Working up a good sweat can be a helpful way to relieve that “cooped up” feeling. And when you’re spending lots of time indoors, making time to tackle your fitness goals can help give your days more structure and provide a real sense of accomplishment.
Looking for ways to stay active, while staying at home? There are lots of fun ways to make working out from the comfort of your home easier — even without lots of gym equipment.
Here are ten safe, healthy ideas to get motivated, and get moving:
1.) Schedule Your Workout
One of the best ways to stick to your fitness goals is to build exercise and activity into your daily routine. As you set down your schedule at home, add in time for staying active. This could be as much as blocking off an hour a day to recreate your gym schedule, or setting yourself reminders on your phone to stand up and stretch while working from home. Jot down times in your day planner or on your calendar, and keep track of your progress.
2.) Head Outdoors
Don’t underestimate the power of getting some fresh air! When you need a break from your office or living room, head outside for a few minutes. Find a new walking or jogging trail, break out your bike, or simply head out to do some stretching and cardio in the backyard. Remember to practice safe social distancing while you’re out. Try to avoid crowded parks, and maintain a healthy distance between yourself and others while you’re on the move. While you’re outside, soak in the sun and look out for the beauty of nature, wherever you can. Studies show that spending some time in nature can have pretty remarkable health benefits in its own right.
3.) Put on Some Tunes and Dance
Dancing is a fun and accessible activity that everyone can do together. Give everyone a chance to pick their favorite songs, and boogie together wherever you have space. Dancing is a whole-body workout that can benefit your heart, lungs, and muscles; it’s also a proven way to reduce stress levels, boost your mood, and give yourself a healthy burst of energy.
4.) Go High-Tech and Try Out a Fitness App
Want to get in a workout, without putting down your phone? There’s an app for that. Fitness apps can be a great way to learn new exercises at home, without the need for any exercise equipment. NBC News has a great list of apps to try as you get started with at-home workouts.
5.) Add Plenty of Variety
Remember that variety is the spice of life! If you’re starting to feel like you’re stuck in a rut, look for ways to keep things interesting. You could browse the internet or fitness magazines for new workouts; take a bike route you’ve never tried before; invest in new fitness equipment; or even move your usual exercises into a new room to keep things feeling fresh.
6.) Practice Yoga, Pilates, or Tai Chi
Looking for a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that can help you feel centered and calm? For a workout that may just help you to feel better inside and out, try getting started with yoga, pilates, or tai chi. Studies have shown that yoga, for example, can help increase mindfulness, reduce feelings of stress, and even help you get a better night’s sleep.
7.) Connect With Your Gym Remotely
Want the encouragement and support of your personal trainer? Your Chicagoland gym or fitness instructor may be taking classes online. Many Chicago-area institutions are embracing technology to live-stream group exercise classes, or help clients schedule one-on-one personal training sessions over Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. Reach out to your neighborhood gym to see if they’ve gone digital!
8.) Use What You Have Around the House
No fancy gym equipment? No problem. Fitness coaches encourage getting creative and finding new ways to make the most of items you probably already have around the house. For instance, you can use heavy kitchen items as weights, or use towels as makeshift resistance bands. There are also lots of bodyweight and flexibility exercises that you can do using chairs and living room furniture for leverage.
9.) Find Fun Ways to Get Motivated
There may be days when you don’t want to commit to a full workout — and that’s OK. It’s important to give yourself time to rest and recover. When you do want to get moving, it may help to find fun ways to get your energy up. If it’s possible, try working out with a buddy. You could work out together online via video chat, or simply connect regularly by text or phone to check in on your goals and progress. Studies have shown that having an accountability partner can make it much easier to commit to your fitness goals. Or, go old school! Play your favorite music to get energized and help block out distractions.
10.) Make Some Space
Getting active is a lot easier when you have plenty of room to do it. Try to find a space in your home that is free of distractions, and where you can focus on making the most of your workout. Move away obstacles and hazards, and try to find a space with good ventilation and lots of light. Keep this area clean, clear, and ready to use. The more inviting your physical space, the easier it will be to get into the right headspace for getting active.
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How are you staying active while working from home? What tips and tricks would you share with all the other fitness buffs from across Chicagoland? We’d love to hear your ideas!
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