At Home Exercise Ideas by Sharele Hatfield

At Home Exercise Ideas

At this time, almost all gyms and health clubs around the United States and Canada are closed. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still exercise! Regular exercise is great for both your physical and mental health, so let’s take a look at how we can continue to exercise at home. 

Get Outside

If the weather in your area permits it, getting outside can be one of the best ways to exercise without any gym equipment! Going for a run, walking your dog, or gardening are all activities back at you moving, and burn lots of calories! Additionally, getting outside helps to clear your head, gets you some Vitamin D, and lets you enjoy nature. Take some time to go outside, get some exercise, and see what is blooming in your part of the world! 

Your Personal Trainer

If you enjoy working out at home instead, take advantage of a free streaming service such as YouTube to find great workouts. You can search for any type of workout that you would like to do, and specify if the workouts should require equipment such as dumbbells. Purchasing an inexpensive set of 5 to 10 lb dumbbells and some elastic resistance bands can really ramp up your workout! So move your couch aside, grab some water, and find a workout on YouTube or another free streaming service that you enjoy! Even better, find a trainer's YouTube channel and subscribe to it. That way, you don't have to search all the time for a trainer that you know you like.

Use What You Have 

If you take a look on a website like Pinterest, you will find thousands of ideas for using what you have around the house to complete your workouts. One example of using your furniture to complete a workout is doing tricep dips using a dining room chair. Another great way to get a workout in when you don't have any equipment is to look up body weight workouts. These types of exercises, such as push-ups, utilize your own body weight to work different muscle groups.

Involve Your Family

Working out at home can sometimes get lonely. If you have family living with you, get them on board with your workouts! If you have babies or toddlers, there are videos that show you how to lift your children in order to work your different muscle groups. For preschoolers and up, look up kids aerobic or yoga videos, and do those with your children! If you have a spouse or another adult living with you, invite them to join your workout. Consider letting them pick what the workout is every other time, so that they will continue to work out with you. 

It can be hard to find the motivation to workout at home, so schedule it into your day. You will feel much better, mentally and physically, if you get movement into your day, every day!

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