Staying fit during a global pandemic can be hard with many gyms remaining closed and in-person classes being very limited. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to loss of movement, decreased immune health, and an increased risk for chronic disease.
While some equipment would be helpful to your home workout routine, there are ways to get creative without it.
- You can use your own body weight to create resistance as with push-ups, squats, lunges, or planks.
- Detergent bottles, backpacks filled with books, or gallon water jugs can be used as weights to increase intensity and resistance to your movements.
- Going barefoot can help you improve your movements. You can try to push down with your feet while pressing out with your toes.
Staying motivated can be tricky when working out at home as well. To combat laziness, try incorporating a routine into your schedule. You can also set an alarm to remind you to stand up and move around, or implement a reward system. Want to binge some Netflix? Not until you complete a routine.
And don’t forget the importance of getting outside. Fresh air and the sights and sound of nature can help keep your daily exercise from becoming mundane.