Are you feeling down since you cannot go to the gym and get that workout in? Or are you feeling more lazy than usual being locked inside and not being able to go anywhere? I know I am. Listen, we’re all feeling a little stuck to the couch lately. So don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s not just me and you…it’s everyone! We’re going to figure out how to work around our stuck-at-home-workout-rut and figure out what will work for you.
Struggling to Find Workouts?
Instead of sitting scrolling through pictures and posts on your Facebook or Instagram feed (it’s addicting, I know), try to focus your scrolling on ways to stay active.
I have found multiple workout accounts on Instagram, where people share their at-home workouts, specifically for these quarantine situations. Other workout influencers are also posting at-home workout guides for cheap that we can purchase. There are so many different workouts we can find online to do at home. I mean, even YouTube has endless, and I mean endless videos of at-home workouts.
If you’re struggling because you don’t have the proper equipment, that’s okay. Many influencers and YouTube content creators are trying to be sensitive to that and post workouts that require little to no equipment. So if you need some free weights, try soup cans or water jugs…get creative. You can make it work with what you have at home!
- Take your dog for a walk. You and your furry friend need exercise. Afterwards, he or she won’t run around the house with all the energy in the world.
- Go for a bike ride. Pump up those old bike tires, and get those legs moving. Ride around your neighborhood, or even in a park.
- Another option is to go for a walk by yourself. Take this time to clear your mind and get some alone time. Set a new personal record for how many miles you can walk, and take a good playlist or audiobook with you.
All of these are great ways to stay active during this crazy time. Get out and enjoy the fresh air!
- Yoga. And if you’re not confident enough with your technique and form to do it by yourself….hello YouTube! There are tons of yoga accounts that post follow-along videos that can last 10-45 mins.
- Stretching. I know this might not get your blood pumping or have you breaking a sweat, but at least your moving! Stretching every day or every other day can help you not feel so stiff and will keep your flexibility or range of motion as good as always.
- Pilates. I don’t typically opt-in for this kind of workout, but I’ve seen my mom after she’s done her pilates. All I’m saying is I don’t think I could keep up–that’s a good workout.
I’m sure we all know this, but staying active is important. Especially during this time. Getting up and moving around, even a little, can help clear your mind and let you feel a little more balanced.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from GUADS staff member Kate and from www.excelsiorotho.com