Working out at home
At the best of times, the colder days and dark nights of the winter welcome many excuses to choose the comfort of your sofa over heading to the gym. But coupled with national lockdowns and ever-changing restrictions, the temptation to hunker down is sky high.
Back in the summer, many of us were able to hop on our bikes or put on our trainers to make the most of exercising in the fresh air. In contrast, we’re having to reinvigorate our routines and find exercises that we can do where we don’t have to leave the house.
Here’s our top tips for getting the most of your home workouts, so you can start releasing endorphins and boosting your immune system.
Firstly, ensure you have space to exercise freely. Pop that pot that you may kick over by accident to the other side of the room.
Ensure the floor is surface isn’t too slippy – you may like to treat yourself to a new mat if you plan to do floor-based routines.
Don’t skip the warm up and cool down just because you’re at home. Stretching will help you avoid any injuries.
If you don’t have any equipment at home, tin cans, or bottles of water (or wine!) are great alternatives.
YouTube is filled with fantastic, free workouts for you to follow along at home.
Resistant training can strengthen our bodies and reduce muscle deterioration. We need to use resistance that will transfer through our muscles and joints, making us stronger for longer. Movements can be a simple as rising up on the balls of your feet, slowly steeping up and down the bottom step, pushing up against a wall with your feet, and bicep curls with dumbbell (or a can of beans!)
Pilates & Yoga:
Pilates consists of slow and controlled movements to help build core muscle strength. There are many videos online by professional to guide you through each step. The Balanced Life Pilates with Robin Long is perfect for beginners.
Yoga concentrated on gentle stretching to boost your flexibility and balance. Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube is a great teacher for those of all abilities, from first-timers to experienced Yoga lovers.
The ultimate home workout available on Amazon prime and DVD. It brings together latin-inspired moves and music with more traditional aerobic exercises. All classes are set a level pace and suitable for all suitable for all abilities. It’s so much fun it won’t even feel like exercise!
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