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.
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.
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.
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.
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: