If you’re a bit of a gym-bunny but you’ve found yourself in self-isolation, it can be hard to know how to keep yourself active when you’re stuck at home. Before you get cosy channel-surfing, here are four tips and tricks to help you keep your fitness levels up without having to head to the gym.
- YouTube Videos
YouTube has some great workout videos; all you need is a quick search. Whatever your style, YouTube has it all! From 10-minute HIIT videos teaching you to bear crawl around your living room, to your Bums, Tums and Thighs in 20 minutes – you’ll be sweating, planking and grinning in no time. Plus, because there are so many YouTube videos offering alternative routines, it’s easy to change up that morning routine if come across something that doesn’t work for you.
Calming, meditative and free from equipment – yoga is your new best friend when you need a bit of time out in self-isolation. Using every part of your body (you’ll feel this afterwards) it’s a perfect way to start the day. Plus, studies have shown that yoga can lower your blood pressure, improve heart health, and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Overall, yoga is a total self-isolation winner!
- Cleaning the House
It sounds like the worst idea when you’re stuck at home all day – but cleaning the house (as most of us know) is physically draining. Whether you choose to give the house a once-over, change the beds or finally make that shower sparkle again, you’ll be sweating and house-proud by the end of it. If you’re really intent on having that ‘post-exercise glow’ from your clean, try cleaning the skirting boards for a good abdominal workout, vacuuming for a BAT workout, and cleaning the windows for an upper body strengthening workout.
If you’re having to self-isolate in this weather – why not get some vitamin D and head to the garden? The University of Arkansas found that gardening helps improve bone dexterity, alongside functional movement, and muscle mass. So, while you’re self-isolating and having your morning coffee in the sun, consider pulling out a few weeds or trimming the hedges for an hour or two – your body will thank you for it.