Staying Active at Home

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced most of us to be cooped up at home all day. Staring at the same four walls day in and day out can make it difficult to find motivation to stay active. However, it’s important that we keep our bodies moving for both our physical and mental well-being. With gyms closed across the nation, your typical workout routine may be temporarily derailed. The good news is there are a lot of resources online for building an at-home workout routine. Below are some of my favorite workouts and accounts to follow for inspiration.

Yoga

In the midst of all this chaos, it is important (in my opinion) to take time each day to calm the mind. I’ve found it helpful to pick a couple days each week to either start or end with a yoga practice. One of the great things about yoga is whether you’re looking for a relaxing workout or something that will get your heartrate up, there is a video out there for you. YouTube is riddled with free videos lead by instructors helping you workout from home. Boho Beautiful’s channel offers more than 200 videos guiding you through yoga, Pilates, and mediation practices. Regardless of your skill level, Yoga With Tim offers free videos perfect for everyone.

Strength Training

When mapping out my daily workout routine, I divide the week into “push, pull, and leg” days. On push days, I focus on strengthening my shoulders, chest, and triceps. Pull days consist of bicep and back workouts, and leg days are all about the legs and glutes. Thanks to Instagram and a few fitness influencers, I’ve been able to create workout plans. While I’m able to do some of those exercises at home with the resources I have, other exercises are not as feasible. Luckily, my favorite fitness accounts to follow are posting at-home friendly workouts daily! @lisafiitt is a great account to follow for both workout ideas and some levity, especially while we are all cooped up at home practicing social distancing. I also really like @clairepthomas’s account. She has a great combination of at-home workout videos and things you can do outside to stay active. Finally, @trainertessab knows what it takes to help you live your healthiest life! Give her a follow for fun workouts and healthy recipe ideas.

Cardio

If I’m being honest, cardio is my least favorite thing to focus on at the gym. However, it is important to keep our heart health strong. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to get outside (as long as you’re adhering to social distancing protocol) for a run or walk. If you’re new to running, try chipping away at little milestones each day, and see how far you can run without stopping by the time these social distancing guidelines are lifted. Maybe you’ve been walking or running a lot and are looking for a new way to burn some cardio calories. Running up and down the stairs in your house and doing an online dance workout are great ways to switch things up. Maybe spin classes are more your speed. If you have a bicycle at home, you can purchase an indoor bicycle training stand for as low as $100 and take an indoor cycling class for free online.

Working out has been a key component for releasing energy and regaining focus during the day while learning to adjust to this new normal. While the days may seem long now, this will not last forever. Before we know it, we will get back to our workout routines! However, in the meantime, I encourage you to push yourself to move a little each day and maybe try something new. There are a lot of free resources out there to help keep you active and healthy from home!

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