The benefits of staying active
Most of us know that exercise (and moving in general) is good for us, both physically and mentally. Exercise can not only improve our physical health, but there are many mental health benefits of movement too. Regular exercise can give us an enormous sense of well being, and can help us to relax and even sleep better at night. Regular exercise can also have a profound impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more, as well as boosting our overall mood.
Staying active at home
With everything going on in the current climate regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are experiencing disruptions to our usual exercise routines. The recent closure of gyms, leisure centres and the current lockdown might be leaving you stuck for ideas or inspiration on how to get started with exercise. Maybe you’re feeling concerned about keeping fit whilst staying at home.
To help you keep fit and well, here are a few ideas to help you move more at home and keep active…
There are so many free, accessible workouts that can be done right from your lounge or bedroom! Take a look at Youtube or download a fitness app for workouts that you can do easily at home. With so much variety to choose from, from ballet barre to high intensity interval training, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!
Track your progress
Just because the gym is closed doesn’t mean you can’t track your progress. Apps like Active 10 allows you to set yourself targets each day (even if it’s just a 20 minute walk in your living room!).
Make it a habit
If you need a little push to get up off the sofa and moving around, try setting an alarm on your phone (for example, every 30 minutes), to get up and walk around or stretch.
Stand instead of sit
Wherever possible, try standing up instead of sitting down. When you’re on the phone, using your tablet, using your laptop, even whilst you’re working. Just short periods of standing will help to improve and maintain your strength.
Make the most of your lunch breaks
If you’re working from home right now, you should still be scheduling breaks for yourself, just like you would at your usual job. As you’ve no commute, why not use the extra time you would normally spend commuting, or during your breaks, to get up and walk around the house, do some chores, or do a quick workout from your living room. Moving around regularly will help to maintain your fitness levels.