Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And as the pandemic marches on (even as we slowly move towards vaccination), you might be even less inclined to get your butt to the gym than ever before.
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But if staying active is an important part of your life (hint: it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing.
Thankfully, it’s easier than you probably think.
“A lot of what you’ll find with most at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” says exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with exercise and movement, consistency is always key.”
Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home:
- Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is chock-full of free workout videos. You can easily find classes like yoga, Zumba and circuit training that you can do in your own backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you for a workout!)
- Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running-based HIIT workout. And, yes, it’s possible to keep this habit up even in the cold winter months.
- Focus on bodyweight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate bodyweight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (aka free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a …….