Staying fit while being at home takes a lot of self-discipline. It can be challenging to start, and it’s a painful process to stay consistent. The good news is that there are many ways to make it easy and fun. So, how can we stay fit at home?
Here are 3 easy ways to help you feel your best and prioritize our overall health:
Set fitness goals
First, we need to be clear about what we hope to achieve. Do you want to be mentally and physically stronger and healthier? Once you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, ask yourself: how will I track my progress? Think about how often you want to workout, how long each session will be, and how you can hold yourself accountable.
If your mission is to build endurance and resilience and your strategy is to work out 3 times a week for half an hour, you can track it on your calendar. If you work best with accountability then work out with somebody in your household, or do it with a friend over a video call! Remember that it’s okay to create small goals and build your way up (even if it means doing yoga for only 10 minutes a day).
Find a workout that’s fun to do
Getting started is half the battle but it’s easy to start with an activity you think is fun! Going on nature walks, cycling, and doing outdoor activities are always a lot of fun. For the cold days and quarantine days here are some easy exercises you can do at home.
Some workouts you can do without gym equipment include:
A 7-Day Challenge with a YouTube Instructor (eg. Blogilates, Chloe Ting, Yoga with Adrienne, Emi Wong and The Fitness Marshall)
Enroll in a online free fitness program with a variety of classes (eg. FitOn, Peloton, Dance videos)
Play games that allow you to move (eg. Wii Sports and Just Dance)
Move throughout the day
Movement throughout the day, especially during your breaks. This will help shift your mood and focus for the better. A general rule to follow to stay physically fit is 30 minutes of exercise to counteract 8 hours of sitting. Health professionals recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week to improve your immune system and quality of life.
Everything counts. Make it count by being mindful of taking the time to move throughout the day. Some examples include:
- Stretch in the morning and at night (even while watching tv)
- Do the power pose while brushing your teeth
- Take frequent breaks from your work: stand or walk around the house for at least 5 minutes every hour
When it comes to staying fit at home, find what works best for you. Celebrate your progress and notice positive changes in your lifestyle!