Despite a third of humanity currently being under lockdown, some individual’s (myself included) just prefer to exercise at home. The gym, group classes and outdoor exercises aren’t for everyone however being sedentary is bad for your physical and mental health so having alternative options to stay fit is important. By partaking in physical activity you lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes alongside maintaining muscle mass and bone density. However, if you have never exercised at home you might be a little stuck on where to start, which is why I am here! Throughout this article I am going to share Thinco’s tips and tricks on staying fit at home and all I want in return is for everyone to flaunt their fit bodies afterwards!
Gyms and group classes have equipment and weights to make up most of the exercises completed therefore staying fit at home may require some improvisation unless you want to break the bank. Some options include, running up and down the stairs, brisk walking around the house, dancing, using your children as weights, utilizing a yoga and/or Pilates video or sourcing body weight workout videos from Youtube and/or Instagram. A very cool way to incorporate weight into your exercise requires one thing… a backpack. Grab a backpack out of the garage and fill it with tins, jars, sand… anything heavy really and the BOOM you are good to go.
Pick Up Hobbies That Keep You Moving
If you aren’t ready to throw yourself straight into a workout regime, begin by starting a hobby that keeps your body moving such as restoring furniture, swimming, yoga, Pilates, pottery, gardening and/or organizing. This tip may sound silly but any of the mentioned hobbies are much healthier than binge watching your favourite Netflix show all day!
Start Doing Mini Circuits
Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or endurance training or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all set exercises in the program. There are numerous mini circuit examples online and through social media but to get you started here is an example:
Do each exercise for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest and then move onto the next exercise. Repeat the one circuit three times. If any of the below exercises are unfamiliar to you, please research how to properly do them prior to commencing to avoid injury.
Make The Most of Your Surroundings
This tip is similar to improvising but slightly different. You may think working out at home can be restrictive but guess what? It’s not! If you have stairs use them and do some tricep dips or step-ups. Grab your dining chairs and perform a seated squat. And something we all seem to forget about… the floor! Perfect for simple yet effective exercises such as sit ups, crunches, push ups, Russian twists, planks, frog pumps and many more.
On The Spot Jogging
The explanation of this tip is pretty much in its title but I am going to explain it anyway. If your favorite show is on, instead of relaxing on your couch or in your bed (although it is insanely comfortable) get your tooshy up and get moving! Start by on the spot jogging for 30 minutes and try to increase your time each week or day, which ever better suits your current fitness level.
So there you have it, Thinco’s tips on how to stay fit at home but… I have one more surprise for you. If you are still stuck on inspiration or need more guidance here is a 4 Week No Gym Home Workout Plan