That couch might seem inviting, but nothing can jumpstart your day or infuse your afternoon with some energy like a good workout. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. Here are some resources and advice on getting started.
An Exercise Space
It doesn’t really matter where you exercise, but if you’re fortunate enough to have an empty room you can use it to add weights and any equipment you may have gathered. Otherwise, find a space where there’s enough floorspace to move around. You may have to move your coffee table. It doesn’t have to be fancy or large. It helps, though, if you have a specific spot you keep going back to so your brain and body get the message that its time to work out.
Find a Program
If you try to force yourself through something you don’t enjoy, you’ll find a hard time sticking to it. So find something that you enjoy doing so you’re more likely to want to come back every day. If you like moving with others, you can find some virtual classes or get a workout app. If you prefer cardio and have a bike or treadmill, use those. If you like dancing, maybe its time to learn some new moves and play an online video tutorial.
It is more likely that you will stick to a workout if it becomes a habit. You build habits by doing them on a schedule. Pick the time that is best for you. Don’t wait until the end of the day because you’ll find all kinds of excuses why you’re too tired to exercise and trying to sleep after exercising is also difficult. But, you don’t have to exercise in the morning if you are not a morning person. Maybe you want to split up your day with a workout in the afternoon.
Many of you probably have gathered some equipment, but if you haven’t there’s plenty of household items that can be used.
7 Household Items That Are Fitness Equipment in Disguise
Let’s be honest: between the clothes, gadgets and gym membership, working out can get seriously expensive. Luckily, you don’t really need any of those things to start leading a more active life. In fact, your home is filled with free fitness equipment—if you know where to look and how to use them.
Even if you choose to skip equipment, there are lots of exercises you can do at home without equipment. Focus on the basics: pushups, squats, leg lifts, planks and burpees. Repetition of those items is enough to get your heart rate up and build strength.
6 Beginner Bodyweight
These basic moves will help you stay injury free.
Exercise Library | Matrix Learning Center – United States
Matrix Learning has a vast exercise library with clear demonstrations you need to address full-body fitness.
Set Goals and Push Yourself
Setting yourself up for success will keep you accountable. The goals should be achievable but something you have to push yourself to accomplishing. Sure, it’s OK to picture yourself returning to work when this is all over with a svelte body, and we’re sure you’ll get there. It’s better to be specific. For instance, say you’re comfortable doing 10 pushups during a workout. Set a goal to increasing it to 25 pushups and by the end of the month you’ll eventually hit 50.
There are quite a few online programs out there. If you previously had a gym membership, you’ll be glad to hear that they are offering some good online-only programs.
Planet Fitness Live Work-ins
United we move! Tune in to Facebook Live for FREE at-home workouts for everyone to stay active and stress free.
Full options for free
In-Shape is offering a variety of online classes. For the full schedule visit their website.
In-Shape is also offering free or low-cost online options to many other services through its connections. Go to their website to get special the special codes for access.
Fit Over 50 – Gold’s Gym
Gold’s Gym is offer free videos of home workouts including one for seniors called Fit Over 50.
AT HOME WORKOUTS – LES MILLS ON DEMAND
Free access to 100+ workouts during the COVID-19 disruptions.
Dancing: Live Fitness Dance Class Facebook Group
Dancing Fitness Facebook Group (you must join to participate) offers a number of sessions (averaging about 5) each day.
305 Fitness is offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on YouTube. The sessions are held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT
YMCA 360 – Online Exercise
YMCA 360 offers online exercise, fitness, wellbeing, and youth sports classes from the comfort of your own home with multiple types of devices. Popular classes like yoga, barre, bootcamp, tai chi, boxing, weightlifting and soccer are free
At 11 a.m. pacific time every weekday, join Spiderfit kids for a great workout!
BORN TO MOVE | Free – LES MILLS For Kids
When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga this class is the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids (and parents) feeling great!
There are many Facebook Groups that are offering Live Fitness workouts. You can do a search on Facebook for Live Workouts. Or you can check out some of the ones we found:
- Jaysa’s Live Quarantine Pound Fitness Classes
- Balanz Gym: Live Workouts of HIIT, Yoga, and Pilates Facebook at 7 am, 7:30; noon; 6 and 6:30 p.m.
- Blink Fitness hopes that they’ll inspire you to incorporate a routine into your daily life.