As parents, we know how busy family life can be. Most of the time, in fact, life means going to work or just staying home. We rarely have time to go out, much less go to the gym for a workout. Even so, we can still get fit despite our hectic lives, as there are many ways to stay active from the comforts of our own home. The following tips can help in this regard.
Commit to being fit
Fitness takes commitment. If you commit to being fit you won’t make excuses and instead will look for ways you can stay active regardless of where you are or how much time you have. It’s this commitment that will help drive you to exercise even if your bed or sofa is calling you. If you find you have a hard time staying on track, try to create a list of goals you want to reach and focus on why you want to do so. This way you can remind yourself why you started in the first place when you start to feel demotivated.
Always warm up
Before exercising, you must warm up first. Health Harvard suggests that warming up prevents injuries as it speeds up your heart rate, then pumps nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to your muscles. This prepares them for more strenuous work, making them less vulnerable to injury. An article by Gala Bingo on toning up points out that the warm-up can be as easy as doing 20 seated leg raises, 20 seated handshakes, and 20 shoulder shrugs. Anything heart pumping but not too strenuous is a great warm-up exercise. Just remember that while exercising at home may seem like it doesn’t warrant a warm-up, all it takes is one movement to pull a muscle and all your hard work is undone.
Leverage bodyweight exercises
There are plenty of exercises that don’t need gym equipment, and learning a few of them will help you stay active at home. In the process, it will also help increase your stability and mobility. Fortunately, you may be familiar with a few exercises already: push-ups, burpees, frozen V-sits, squats, standing long jumps, and spider crawls, among others — all of which can be modified to your fitness level. Another exercise you can consider is the plank, which I listed in my ‘7 Free Ways to Increase Your Fitness’ post as one of the best exercises to do everyday. Hold a plank every morning then perform bodyweight exercises during the day. This will fire up your metabolism and have you burning calories throughout the day.
Switch up your routine
To make the most out of your workouts, you’ll need to mix things up from time to time. Ideally, you ought to change your routine every 6–8 weeks to keep challenging your body and avoid getting used to one routine. What you can do in this case is to try out different combinations and variations of your current bodyweight exercises. Once you feel that your workouts are getting stale, implement these changes to keep things interesting.
Do some gardening
Lastly, keep busy with the garden. Brits who garden regularly can burn up to 51,428 calories a year, so start paying extra attention to your garden space. In doing so, you’ll be accomplishing quite a lot as you will keep yourself active and end up with a better-looking garden.
Staying active at home is a challenge. But with the right mindset and a bit of planning, you can burn calories without needing to leave your home. How are you staying active in lockdown?