With all this extra time on your hands, you’ll love these useful ways that you can work out and stay fit from the comfort of your home!
Among the many challenges we’re all facing during this tough time, one of the most problematic is how to get and stay fit.
Whether you’re a runner, a gym rat, a dancer, or someone who enjoys fitness classes, you’re probably going a bit stir-crazy now that you can’t get your usual workout. If you don’t have a home gym, you may have no idea how you’re going to get in a good training session. Even those with full home gyms still struggle!
I’ve got good news for you: there are A LOT of different ways you can stay fit from home, some of which involve no equipment at all.
Check out these simple, easy ways for you to fit in your workout at home no matter where you are:
Obviously, the best way for you to get—and stay—fit is to lift weights. Resistance training is effective not just for building muscular strength and endurance, but it improves your cardiovascular conditioning and burns fat, too.
Basically, it’s your top pick for staying in shape.
This is a great option for those who have home gyms. Whether you just have a bench press and a couple of dumbbells or you have a complete workout station, you’ll find there are workouts you can do every day from the comfort of your home.
Here are a couple of weightlifting workout structures to try:
One a Day:
Whatever way you decide to work out, lifting weights is always a good way to stay fit!
Bonus: Get yourself a few kettlebells to really mix things up. Kettlebells are incredibly versatile and will help you get in a more dynamic CrossFit-style workout in a way dumbbells and barbells never could.
What do you do if you don’t have a home gym or a lot of weights? Easy: work out with your body weight!
Some might argue that body weight training is almost BETTER for your fitness, because it’s training you to move more easily with the weight of your own body. That means your muscles, joints, and bones will be better able to support your own weight and move more smoothly, no matter how much you weigh.
You can fit in a pretty amazing body weight workout with hundreds of different exercises to choose from, including:
You can find lots of lists of the “best body weight exercises” with a quick Google search. Here are three of the resources we’ve found that will work for you:
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned run in the great outdoors!
All you need is a good pair of running shoes, comfortable clothing, and a kickass playlist, and you’re ready for your run.
Not a runner yet? No worries. Start off slow by walking two blocks, running one, walking two, running one, and so on. Work your way up to walking one block and running two, then three, then five, and so on, until you can keep running without stopping.
All you need for a good at-home Yoga workout is a mat—that’s it, no other equipment needed!
You’ll find literally thousands of Yoga workouts on YouTube, with trainers that will walk you through every movement you’ll do, give you a variety of workouts depending on your goals (fitness, flexibility, relaxation, and so on), and help you learn everything you need to know about doing a great Yoga workout.
Here are some of the best Yoga YouTube channels to look up today:
Pilates is a bit more dynamic than Yoga, with more focus on your core to help you build core strength and serious muscular endurance.
If you’ve already given Yoga a try—and mastered the basics—why not switch things up by giving Pilates a go? You’ll find that a great deal of your Yoga-trained strength works on your Pilates workouts, but you’ll be testing your body in a whole new way.
Pilates, like Yoga, can be done with no equipment, and you’ll find there are hundreds of at-home workouts you can do.
Here are some of the best YouTube channels to find good Pilates workouts:
What could be more fun than a dance party at home?!
If you’re the kind of person who loves shaking it to the music, dancing is an amazing way to get and stay fit. You can crank up your favorite tunes and move to the groove, or you can get a proper dance workout in any number of styles.
Want to salsa? Do it! Always loved the idea of learning to tango? Go for it! More the hip-hop or funk style? Wicked!
Whatever type of music you want to learn to dance to—or already know how to dance to but just want to have some fun—you’ll find there are lots of amazing classes on YouTube that you can do from the comfort of your home.
Just make sure the downstairs neighbors know that you’re going to be dancing, and get ready to move like a boss!
It takes around 9 minutes to get back in shape when you're still in your teens. If you put in the effort, it's not even that difficult in your 20s. When you reach your 30s, a small voice in your head might ask you what's going on with the weight. But your forties are something that is just not appealing.
Being in your forties, however, has many things going on with you. You put in a lot of time at work. You may even have a lengthy commute, which forces you to continue sitting. Your obligations to friends and family are keeping you busier and busier.