During the long months of lockdown, most people weren’t able to maintain their fitness regimen. However, this problem of not getting enough physical activity long predates the pandemic. In a 2018 study, experts discovered that as many as 80 percent of all Americans weren’t getting nearly as much exercise as they need.
Now that places, like parks and gyms, are slowly reopening, you could venture forth and get a good morning exercise. However, if you’d rather play it safe and stay indoors for a few more weeks or months, you may want to get physical at home.
Here are some ways you can stay fit and physically active without leaving your apartment or house.
- Do Basic Exercises
Not every condo unit for sale or house on the market is built near a gym or similar facility. Sometimes you have to stay active at home and do your own exercises. You need to come up with a basic exercise routine you can do in your living room. Simple calisthenics doesn’t require things like dumbbells and similar equipment. These include push-ups, squats and curl ups. Be sure to vary your calisthenics so your entire body gets a good workout.
- Deep Clean Your Home
One way to get moving is to physically deep clean each part of your home in sequence. Schedule which room of your house or apartment you are going to clean thoroughly in advance. For example, the first day you may want to spruce up your living room, followed by the kitchen the next day. You can be surprised how rigorous and exhausting deep cleaning can be. Not only will you burn a lot of calories, but your home will surely benefit as well from such a thorough cleaning.
- Get an Active Hobby
Mix up your routine by engaging in a physically demanding hobby that you can do in your own home. For example, you can take up street dancing, which is perfect for getting active without leaving a single room. If you have the luxury of a garage or patio, you can try woodworking and carpentry, which can give you great furniture and beef up your body. Find a hobby that both peaks your interest and that you can reasonably accommodate in your home an you can stay fit while having fun.
- Use a Standing Desk
Research reveals that sitting down for prolonged periods can be hazardous to your health. You can mitigate the damage sitting down can do to your body by using a standing desk. These office furniture lets you work comfortably while staying on your feet. Remember that the goal of a standing desk is to reduce your sitting time, not eliminate it entirely. Be sure to give your legs a rest when you sit,or you’ll risk getting cramps.
- Walk Around
Instead of just sitting down or standing around, you can walk around your entire property. If you live in an apartment, take a leisurely stroll a few times through each room. Maybe put on headphones and play some music to make it more lively. If you live in a house, you could walk a couple of laps around the edge of your lost, walking about the garden. Walk around every hour or so. This can not only get your blood flowing, but it can also help you refresh your mind after working or watching something for a long period.
- Stretch Often
Suddenly engaging in physical activity can be very uncomfortable to your body if you don’t have enough preparation. Stretching is an important part of staying physically active at home, especially if you haven’t been taking enough exercise to begin with. Touch your toes, lift your hands up as high as you can and do a couple of leg lifts or knee bends. Stretching can prevent you from cramping, spraining your joints and injuring yourself while exercising.
- Find Exercise Videos
If you really want to challenge yourself and become more physically active, you should go to the internet and look for exercise videos. Thanks to the proliferation of cameras and internet connectivity, physical trainers and enthusiasts can post tutorials for every level of physicality. Whether you are a beginner or have had a lot of fitness training, you can definitely find an exercise tutorial that will suit your needs.
Staying active is a cornerstone of maintaining and improving your well-being. These tips will ensure that you can stay fit and healthy while remaining socially distanced and indoors.