Quick At-Home Exercise that Help You Stay Fit During a Lockdown
We are all staying home a little more. For some, a lot more.
While it’s tempting (and all too easy) to let this time pass with relaxation, rest, and a lot of video streaming, it’s important to stay healthy, active, and fit. After all, a healthy body is better at fighting diseases, and regular exercise has proven mental-health benefits.
With those two factors alone, exercise has never been more important. But gyms are closed, and many of us aren’t even supposed to leave our small apartments. How can we possibly get enough exercise?
There are plenty of exercises you can do at home, and here are just a few to get started.
Quick At-Home Exercise that Helps You Stay Fit During a Lockdown
For these exercises, we wanted to keep it simple. To be included on the list, only two criteria are needed: they must be doable in a small space like an apartment living room, and they must involve no equipment; just your body and a small amount of motivation is all you need!
Walking in place can burn calories and move your muscles; add in arm swings, high knees, and body twists to make it a light workout for the entire body.
Start with a standing position, lower your body, then raise back to standing. Depending on your fitness level, you can do sets of 10, 20, or even 50, toning your legs, booty, and core.
You need to work the back of your core as well as the front. Lie on your back with knees up and feet planted on the floor. Then lift your torso until the body is in a straight line from knees to shoulder; drop your bottom and repeat.
We are all familiar with the standard pushup, but if that’s too much for your arms and chest, start with your knees on the ground. Build your strength with this lighter version and eventually, you’ll move to the full pushup.
More vigorous than walking in place, high-knee jogging works your legs, burns calories, and, by pulling your knees upward, strengthens your core. Basically, just jog in place but add a lift of your knees, bringing your thighs roughly parallel with the floor.
When this whole situation passes and the country is back to “normal,” will you feel that your time was wasted? Or will you pass the time productively, improving your mind and body with exercise and other healthy habits? There are literally thousands (possibly millions) of different exercises you can do in your home. We hope this small list helps you get started.