Let’s be real; quarantine has given us plenty of reasons to stay home and do absolutely nothing. Being cooped up at home has not been easy, and no one can argue that. Things are starting to improve, but we are still encouraged to stay home if possible. While we need to stay safe, staying home can still have a negative effect on our physical health. We need to move. Exercising helps elevate our mood and keeps us positive. Even if you are being safe and staying home, you can keep yourself physically active without going to the gym.
Ways to Stay Active
Working out at home can be just as effective as working out in the gym.
- Make time- The key to any successful workout schedule is to make time. Even if you’re still at home, set a solid time to work out, just as if you were going to your gym. This will help structure your day and give you a clear focus. One of the best benefits of working out at home is that you can do it at any time. Many gyms currently have restricted hours or are completely closed. When you commit to working out at home, you can find what time works best for you. For some, the morning is the perfect time. For others, you may want to wait until later in the evening. Your home gives you this flexibility.
- Prioritize- Prioritizing time for working out will help you stay focused and committed. Put it on a calendar, set an alarm reminder, and promise yourself that you’re going to be active so that you can stay energized.
- Keep track- There are tons of fitness apps and trackers. If you’re worried about the same old routines, there are some great tools to explore to keep it exciting. You can even find great ideas on social media platforms for all skill levels.
It’s the Little Things
Staying active at home doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. Start where you are comfortable. If you’re watching TV, commit to squats or jumping jacks on commercial breaks or between episodes. You can also commit to a short walk outside. Especially with quarantine, it is important to get out as much as possible. The fresh air and the sunshine can do wonders for one’s mental health. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take a virtual dance class, try a few different yoga poses, or strap on a pair of rollerblades. Any activity is still activity.
It Starts with You
Stay active. You don’t need a gym to prioritize your physical and mental health. There are countless exercise programs and options that can be found on the web, social media, or fitness apps. It starts with planning and sticking to it. Quarantine has impacted everyone’s lives but committing to activity is one step closer to normalcy. Press pause on the remote, change into your favorite workout outfit and concentrate on your wellness – your mind and body will thank you for it.