Home working out
Top tips for exercising when you're at home
It's never been more important to look after yourself, to remain both physically and mentally healthy, especially if faced with self-isolation. Exercise can help to flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways and boost your immune system, your body's defensive system against infections. It can also relieve stress and boost your overall mood, so it's a win win! Here are some tips on how to keep exercising without leaving the house from Funkita Fit (funkita.com):
1. Workout outdoors
If you've got a garden, balcony or deck, make this your new workout space. Breathe in the fresh air or even catch a few rays, especially now it's springtime.
2. No equipment, no problem
Don’t have workout equipment at home? Don’t worry, just use what you’ve got. There are plenty of exercises you can do that don’t require any equipment at all. Focus on the basics such as planks, star jumps, lunges, burpees, sit-ups and push-ups for a high-intensity workout that will build strength and get your heart rate up without the use of any equipment.
3. Keep it clean
Wash towels regularly and disinfect your yoga mat or any equipment after use, particularly if they’re being used by
other family members.
4. Get an app
There are thousands of workout apps to choose from that focus on at-home workouts and some are offering free trials for an extended period due to the Covid-19 outbreak. An app or training programme will help you focus your workout and get the most out of it. Check out a few of the best yoga ones in our special report this month.
5. Get in the water
Leisure centres, public pools and hotels may be closed, but a quick dip in the sea, or open-water swimming in a clear lake, is still a possibility if you live nearby and stay two metres away from another swimmer. Swimming is not only a full-body workout but it’s great for the mind too. It’s low impact and suitable for people of all ages. If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, make it part of your daily routine.
Remember if you’re feeling under the weather give your exercise session a miss and get your body re-charged ready to go again tomorrow.
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