All over America, people are being encouraged to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses are closed to help promote social distancing and people are suddenly working from home and home-schooling their children. If you are finding this stressful, you are not alone. Now, more than ever, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle of exercise and a nutritious diet. Here are seven tips for bringing your workout home.
Take a Walk
If you’re working from home, you may have noticed how much harder it is to meet your daily step goal. The CDC recommends 150-minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of higher-intensity activity such as jogging. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Walking is an excellent stress-reliever and does not require special equipment. You can walk alone or with the whole family, and your four-legged friends will be happy to join you.
Ride a Bike
Now is a great time to dust off those bicycles hanging in the garage and put some air in the tires. Many communities have installed recreational trails ideal for exercising while social distancing. You may also find your neighborhood streets are quieter than usual at this time. Take advantage of this to put some miles on those tires, and, for a challenge, ride some hills. Make sure you wear a helmet!
If you have children at home, this is an optimal time to engage in some family bonding activities and your children will benefit from the exercise, too. You can play games such as soccer, baseball, and basketball with minimal equipment. For younger children, games of tag are a great option that can really get your heart pumping. Kids love dance parties, too. If the weather keeps you indoors, crank up the music and dance.
Do Some Chores
That may not sound like the most exciting way to burn calories, but depending on the intensity of the activity, cleaning the house and tidying up the yard can really help get you in shape. For a higher-intensity workout, rake leaves, wash cars, vacuum carpets, or paint a room. Take out your stress on stubborn weeds. Even doing laundry burns calories, especially if you have to walk up and down stairs to put it away. Listen to music or a podcast to make it more fun.
Think back to your elementary gym class days. Thank goodness you don’t have to climb that rope! You can use a lot of what you learned to get a good workout at home. Jumping jacks, marching or jogging in place, jumping rope, crunches, pushups, and planks are all good ways to release some energy, build some cardiovascular health, and strengthen your muscles.
Online Workouts or DVD’s
Many streaming services include fitness videos on their platforms and several gyms across the country are providing free workouts anyone can do at home and you don’t have to be a member.
Beach Body: 14-day free trial to Beach Body on Demand at https://www.beachbody.com
Gold’s Gym: Free premium access to their fitness app and video workouts at https://www.goldsgym.com/anywhere/
Orange Theory: This popular high-interval training company is uploading new videos to its YouTube page every day.
YMCA: YMCA 360, videos and workouts at https://www.ymca.net/your-y-at-home-staying-active
Don’t forget about your flexibility! Yoga can help you improve your posture, relieve aches and pains, and release stress. There are literally millions of yoga instructors providing free videos on YouTube. Yoga with Adriene is one of our personal favorites because she provides excellent instruction for all levels of yoga practice. Whatever your yoga skill level, you will be able to find a teacher online who is right for you.
Whether you do targeted workouts or burn calories through work and play, make sure to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Superberries Aroniaberry products are an excellent addition to healthy meals. They help you recover after exercise, support joint, cardiovascular and digestive health. They can brighten up smoothies and muffins and complement the flavors of your savory dishes.