Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t stay in shape. No matter what your living situation looks like, try these exercises to stay active, healthy, and happy.
1) Sun Salutation
The Sun Salutation is a simple yoga routine that can be done at any skill level. These movements prioritize flexibility, healthy breathing, and general body strength. The Sun Salutation is traditionally done at the start of the day, but you can do it any time you feel cramped in your computer chair.
2) Stair Climbing
You don’t have access to the stair stepper at the gym, but there’s a good chance you have stairs somewhere in your home. Climbing up and down a set of stairs is an excellent form of exercise that raises your heart rate and builds leg strength. Don’t go too fast – stairs are for walking, not running.You can also try different stair exercises to mix up your routine.
3) Pushups and Crunches
According to a plethora of movies, pushups and crunches are the perfect way to build muscle when you’re stuck inside. All you need is some empty floor space and your own willpower, although a yoga mat is definitely a boon. You can also learn the different types of pushups to get even more out of your mini-routine.
This is an exercise that your best friend will be glad to help you with. You’ll need a rope or another good tug toy and room for movement. Most dogs know how to play tug-of-war instinctively, but you may need to teach yours how to play the game. Play until one of you gets tired, and remember to let the dog win frequently; they’ll be happy to come back for another round.
5) Walk a Mile at Home
When it comes to walking, the steps count more than the distance. You can get all the exercise you need by pacing through your living room or hallway. Walk by yourself while listening to music, or check out the 1 Mile Happy Walk by Leslie Sansone. Just remember that pacing can make other people nervous; don’t do this exercise while someone’s getting an assignment done.
These at-home exercises can be easily supplemented by the many free exercise videos available online. Look for routines that get your heart rate up; if you have family, choose options that don’t shake the floor or walls.