It’s never been more important than it is right now to find ways to stay fit and stay active from home. Most of us are dealing with home working and generally having to spend more time at home because of what’s going on in the world. And this can seem to limit our options when it comes to being active and staying fit.
Nevertheless, there are still many different ways in which you can stay active and keep your fitness levels on the right track if you’re willing to really put your mind to it. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in more depth today. So if you’re looking to stay active while stuck at home, you’re in the right place.
Each of the ideas we’re about to discuss below will offer you a way of being physically active even when you can’t go to the gym or maybe do the other active things that you used to do in order to stay in shape. So read on now to find out more.
Stand More Often During the Day
One of the first things you can try and do differently is spend more time standing during the day. When you do that, you can keep your body more active and less sedentary. Even standing still is better than sitting still, and that’s what you need to keep in mind, especially when working at home in front of your computer every day. It’s probably not a good idea to turn your bed into your office either. Use a supportive chair and maybe invest in a standing desk too; it could make a real difference.
Follow Along with Online Workout Videos and Livestreams
If you’re someone who always used to attend spin classes and other group activities when trying to stay fit, you can address that need by taking part in streamed classes. In many parts of the world, these have become very popular. So see if you can find one that works for you and offers what you need in terms of direction and group engagement. Working out and being active alongside other people can make it much more fun, and it’s something many of us are missing now we have to stay at home.
Make Room in Your Schedule for Exercise
One of the most challenging things about exercising when stuck at home all the time is finding the right moment to exercise. That might sound counterintuitive because in many ways, a lot of us have more free time than ever now so many other activities outside the home are off limits. But this can also lead to a lack of motivation, fatigue and other issues that stop you wanting to work out. And being at home so much presents its own challenges. Nevertheless, you need to create a dedicated time in your schedule in which you can work out; make it a habit and routine.
Invest in an Exercise Bike
Investing in an exercise bike might be just what you’re looking for at the moment. Maybe you used to use the bike at the gym and now you’re not able to attend. If that’s the case, an exercise bike for your own home might make all the difference when it comes to getting and staying fit. There are so many of them to choose from, and the Peloton bikes are particularly popular, especially among people looking for that communal workout experience as we discussed above.
Try Out Some Desk-Based Exercises
You don’t necessarily need to be standing if the idea we mentioned above doesn’t really appeal to you or you don’t have a suitable desk to make it happen. There are also desk-based exercises that you can complete while you’re sitting at your desk and completing your daily work. You could print out an svg file to give you inspiration to keep going or for crafts afterwards. Leg stretches and crunches are certainly possible, as well as exercises that work the neck and shoulder muscles, so don’t hesitate to do some research and find the desk-based exercises that work for you.
Create a Variety of Exercises Centered Around an Aerobic Step
If you have an aerobic step, you’ll be able to carry out a wide range of exercises from the comfort of your home with complete and utter ease. That’s the way it should be when you’re looking for ways to work out and be active at home. You can burn fat using an aerobic step and you can work on your leg muscles too. It’s a simple item and won’t take up too much space in your home, but it will offer you so many new ways to exercise and be active and that’s what matters most of all.
Dancing is a great way to give your body a full workout and a great way to get in shape. And there’s no reason at all why you can’t turn on the music at home and start dancing to it. It’s something that you can get the whole family involved with, so if you’ve got kids who you want to keep entertained while also keeping them active, this is the perfect way to do that. Be expressive and do whatever you like or follow a particular choreographed routine if you prefer.
Get Creative if You Don’t Have Weights
If you want to do some weightlifting while you’re away from the gym but you’re not sure how to do that because you don’t have any weights of your own, simply get creative. It’s a lot easier than you might think to create your own weights. You simply need to find heavy items and prepare them in a way that makes lifting possible. Some people use moulds with concrete. Others find an old suitcase and fill it with heavy things. There’s no limit on what you can create when you put your mind to it.
Cleaning Can Offer a Great Workout
Another thing that acts as a great workout is cleaning, and it has the added benefit of allowing you to maintain a clean and hygienic home too! In all seriousness, a few hours of cleaning the home from top to bottom really will have a big and positive lasting impact on your fitness if you keep it up week after week during your time stuck at home. If it’s something you’ve been putting off and you’re looking for more motivation to stay on top of your cleaning schedule, your own fitness should be your motivation.
Take the Dog for an Extra Walk Per Day
If you’ve got a dog, a simple way to stay fit and to be active is to take him or her for a walk each day. That little extra time walking with your dog really will have a big impact on your activity levels. If you track how many steps you take, you’ll notice a big increase even with an added half hour of walking with the dog, especially when you’re spending a lot of your day sitting in front of your computer screen and working.
Tend to the Garden More
Not everyone is lucky enough to be stuck in a home that has a garden, but if you do, you should certainly be making the most of it. This is something that will certainly become a little more possible as we head into spring and away from the winter months. Tending to your garden, pulling up weeds and planting new trees is all tough work and requires a certain level of physical exertion. And when it comes to your aims of staying fit and in good shape, that can only be a good thing.
Set Goals and Update Them Regularly
As we briefly mentioned above, motivation is one of the biggest problems of all when it comes to staying on track with your health goals during these times. If you’re lacking the motivation to stay on track with your activity levels and your fitness, you should try setting clear and easy to measure goals. That way, you can keep yourself pushing towards something, and for many people, that can be a factor that leads to much higher levels of satisfaction and motivation.
Try Out Yoga
Finally, you might want to give yoga a try if that’s something that you’ve never taken the time to do before. Doing yoga allows you to relax your body and your mind, while also being active and putting yourself through a not too rigorous workout. Find a guide online and follow a video tutorial as you get started. It might not be easy to begin with and you might not see the benefits immediately, but you’ll understand if you stick with it.
Most of us are getting a little tired of how much time we’re having to spend at home over the last year or so. If you’re looking for new ways to stay active while obeying the rules in your local area, hopefully, at least some of the ideas we’ve discussed above should give you the inspiration you need.