With the closure of public fitness facilities such as health clubs, dojos, your favorite boutique gym and yoga studios, people are sweating about how they’ll stay in shape during the Corona quarantine. No need, though! You can still stay strong, flexible and in good health with a little creativity. We will be posting workout ideas during the coming weeks, but read on for tips on making your home workout the best ever.
We may be physically isolating ourselves, but the online world is germ-free. There are a number of sites with free and paid-for content to ensure your sweat glands stay active. Check, too, with your favorite local studio because a number of businesses have taken to the virtual world to ensure you stay in shape and have access to your memberships. This is a great way to support local businesses during the closures, ensuring they will still open their doors once the pandemic has settled. And don’t forget you have workouts available on your app!
Equipment Not Included
Don’t let not having equipment at home stand in the way of your workout. Bodyweight exercises such as pushups, lunges, squats, dips and planks are sure to keep you strong. Add in plyometric movements such as burpees, squat jumps, high knees and mountain climbers for an extra cardio boost. Still missing the weights? Not to fret! Milk jugs, cans of food, wine bottles and water bladders make great ballast for an added strength training challenge.
And don’t forget the kids! They make even better ‘weights.’ Fifty pounds of added weight to your squats is sure to get your legs burning. Outside of using your offspring for tonnage, include them in your workouts. What better time to inspire healthy habits in your kids? Have them join you for your favorite online workout and make sure they stay fit, too. Habits formed now will carry them throughout the rest of their life.
The Space Outside
Your workouts don’t need to be confined to the indoors. Walking paths, trails, the neighborhood, and parks are all free and sure to be wide enough to maintain that 6-foot barrier from other people. A little fresh air is sure to give you a much-needed boost of energy when cabin fever strikes. No reason you can’t throw in some lunges as you walk down the sidewalk, too. Grab some rocks for bicep curls—get creative out there! Create an obstacle course. Challenge yourself to hop on one leg to the next tree. Your imagination can be your greatest personal trainer. You could even meet with a couple of friends and form your own circuit of exercises. Physical distancing, not social distancing!
Most importantly, simply move. It’s easy to allow stress and depression to take charge during challenging times. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family, though, is to stay healthy and moving. This can be both the best of times and the worst. Power through and come out the other side your strongest self ever.
Resources to Help You
- Health Coach Support: Our Health Coach staff is always here to support you! Outreach us at [email protected]ALTH.com or 800-694-0352.
- Download Our App: Download the incentaHEALTH app for workout videos, guided meditations, and more to help you stay healthy @ home. Available in the App and Google Play store.
- Join our Facebook Group: Join our new Facebook Group, Healthy @ Home, and connect with others across the country working on better health. We’ll be posting special content and tips. Join us!