People deal with stress in different ways, and for many people, their daily workout routine that once took place in their local gym was one of the ways they managed the stresses of daily living.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has put most of the world in quarantine, many people have had to adjust their lives to accommodate new rules and new workout plans. If you’re struggling to adapt, here are four ways you can stay on top of your fitness game from the comfort of your home gym.
Furniture into Gym Equipment
While some exercises require little more than a strong attitude and a good pair of running shoes, some types of exercises could use a little help from some of the objects in your home. Find your sturdiest chair and use it as your squat or sit-to-stand aid or for some calf raises. If lunges are more your style, then why not leverage off the couch you’ve been spending most of your days on to tone your legs and thighs? Even the walls in your home can be repurposed for your needs, with timed wall sits being great for targeting your quads and glutes.
It’s not only furniture that can be used to boost your workout; a number of everyday items in your home can also play a role in keeping you in top-form. If you’re looking to up your cardio gains, why not repurpose a backpack and add some extra weight to your workout? Even something as simple as a towel wrapped around a door handle to allow you to do some rows can make an impact on your routine.
Try Something New
If doing your favorite exercises at home is simply not possible, then now could be the time for you to broaden your horizons and try something new. Whether it’s something simple like adding strength training to your routine, taking up Pilates to help you be more limber, or even learning to dance through something like Just Dance for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, now is a great time to explore new and different ways to keep fit.
Join an Online Fitness Regime
Many people just need some guidance when it comes to their fitness routine, which is why personal trainers in gyms are in such demand. Luckily, thanks to the internet, you can have access to a number of free and paid fitness routines that are tailored to the current situation. From personal trainers moving their classes to Skype, to YouTube channels offering free yoga classes, and athletes running training camps for their respective sports online, the options are many and varied.
Know When to Rest
Finally, one of the most important things to remember while working out at home is to know your limits and make sure you get enough good quality rest in order to allow your body time to recover from a workout. While you may be used to your trainer letting you know when it’s time to take a break, while at home you are your own boss, and with that comes the responsibility of calling a break when one is needed.
It is also your responsibility to make sure that the sleep you get to help you through this period is of good quality, and one of the ways to ensure this is by making sure that your bed is right for you in terms of hardness and size; the difference between queen and king size when you’re sharing a bed with another person is huge if you are struggling to get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
We’ve given you some tips to help you manage your own fitness routine from home; however, the responsibility falls on you to make sure you follow through with whatever regime you choose to use for this period.