In the age of COVID-19, we have all had to make sacrifices and adjustments in most aspects of our daily lives. Many of us have been furloughed from our jobs and have not seen our extended family members and friends in months. Therefore, it is more important than ever to not give up on fitness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount to our state of well-being. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a diet or latest fad; it is important to incorporate healthy habits and to be consistent in practicing them daily.
Many of us have started going out for walks or runs. It is, after all, a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some fresh air. But sometimes it might not be possible to leave the house to get a workout in-you might have small kids at home or you are short on time but would still like to burn some calories and release some endorphins. A great way to do that is to plan a routine of home workouts. Keeping a schedule will make it easier to follow your workout agenda as having your daily goals mapped out can be a great way to motivate yourself.
Home workouts are great for improvising and the basics work just fine, just remember to stretch first! Do you want to do some lifting but don’t have weights at home? No problem: this is where the improvisation comes in. You can grab the nearest heavy item in your home to use as a weight. You can use a tool from your garage or even the jar of pasta sauce in your pantry! All that matters is that you are moving and burning those quarantine calories.
A basic home workout routine sample schedule could be as simple as:
- Stretch for 5-10 minutes (neck, arms, back, and legs)
- 20 sit-ups
- 20 push-ups
- 15 jumping jacks
- Plank for one minute
- Lift weights (or makeshift weights) for
- Knee-to-chest stretches
- Child’s Pose
The numbers of exercise set you do is completely up to you; you can replace or add exercises, such as lunges and “burpees” to tailor to your preferences and abilities. If you are not ready to commit to a daily exercise routine, you can simply get up and exercise while commercials come on when watching your favorite show, or you can hit pause (if you are watching a streaming service) every 15-30 minutes.
Follow these simple tips to make exercise and physical fitness a necessary part of your daily life. The good news is that FitLife Nutrition is open and looking forward to having you work out with us. You can visit our gym and lift some weights or if you’d rather work with a trainer, we offer personal training to help you meet your individual fitness goals. Stop by and make FitLife Nutrition a part of your healthy lifestyle!