While not everyone lives in an area with lockdowns, quarantines, or stay-at-home orders, many people do. Even if you live in an area that has not been affected by COVID-19, you may want to spend more time at home just in case. Millions of jobs have shifted to work-from-home positions, making home the new, round-the-clock base of operations for many people.
Unfortunately, if you’re like millions of other people who are stuck at home during the pandemic, you may not feel like exercising. It’s a stressful time, and while exercise is actually a great way to deal with stress, it’s hard to get motivated to start when you feel on edge. Nonetheless, you should try your best to exercise at least once a day for your physical and mental health. So, here are a few tips to help you stay in shape while you’re stuck at home!
Jogging is one of the easiest and best cardiovascular exercises to do. However, your ability to do it at home might be limited. Do you have a treadmill, a large backyard, or a nearby park? If so, great! What are you waiting for? However, if you don’t have access to these things, don’t stress! Jogging in place is still a great exercise.
That said, you should keep in mind that jogging can put extra strain on your knees. So, if you suffer from chronic knee pain, this may not be the right exercise for you. Consult your doctor about exercising and even possible treatments involving stem cells for knees to resolve the issue.
If you’ve ever played basketball or football, then you’re probably very familiar with burpees. This high-intensity workout can be done in just about any space, making it a great option for people in smaller homes or apartments. The exercise has a few steps: you jump in the air, crouch down and put your hands on the ground, kick your feet back, come back to the crouched position, and then jump up again. Rinse and repeat. It may sound easy, but after about a dozen of these, you’ll really get the blood pumping!
For many people, yoga is more about spirituality and mental awareness that it is about physical fitness. Nonetheless, yoga has a lot of great benefits for your body. Yoga is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise that focuses on stretching and maintaining different positions for a set period of time. To learn more about doing yoga at home, check out this quick tutorial.
Sometimes, returning to the basics can really help you stay in shape. You might not have done jumping jacks since grade school, but they are a great way to get your heart pumping and your body moving, even if you have very limited space. Typically, it’s best to set a number that you’d like to hit (for example, 100 jumping jacks). Then, you can take time out of your day to hit that number two times, three times, or as many times as you’d like!