A Pandemic (and Post-Pandemic) Guide to Home Fitness

Getting fit comes in many forms, and there’s no one right path for everyone. Many people have felt a bit hampered by the need to social distance during the pandemic, however, being unable to get to the gym or shoot hoops at the park. The good news is, there are several things you can do in the comfort of your own home to get moving and stay fit, both in the short term and longer term. 

Staying in good shape will not only help you feel better both physically and mentally, it will ensure that your body is prepared when you want to try a yoga or martial arts class, which are great ways to strengthen your core and build confidence. That’s why Know All the Things is here to present a few things you can do to get fit at home.

Build a mini home gym

If you really want to step up your fitness routine at home, consider building a mini gym that provides all the tools you need to work up a sweat. These days, you can create a great workout space without spending a ton of money by using simple tools like a hula hoop, resistance band, exercise ball, yoga mat, and/or free weights. Having these items at home will help you stay on track with your goals both short-term and long-term since you can use them both during the pandemic and after. 

In order to give yourself as much natural light as possible (rich in Vitamin D), keep your windows clean. If they need more attention than you can give them, get some professional window cleaning help by searching ratings and reviews in your area. 

Be prepared to track your progress

Another long-term change you can make to your fitness game is to utilize a fitness tracker or smartwatch. These come with several benefits, from helping you stay on top of your movements and heart rate to allowing you to set fitness goals. You can also use them to play music that will help you stay energized during a workout. Tracking your progress will keep you motivated so you can reach your goals faster. 

Utilize videos

Tracking your progress can be a great motivator, but if your workout is stale, you might find yourself getting bored with your routine. Change things up a bit by utilizing videos that will help you learn some new moves at home. There are plenty of options right now ranging from yoga to dance, so you never have to be bored again. 

Make sure you have the right shoes and tools for your new activity to keep things safe, especially if you’re trying something you’ve never done before. The great thing about workout videos is that you can ask a friend or loved one to try them with you when you’re both at home and utilize a video chat service to keep you connected. This is another good way to stay motivated.

Also, don’t think that workouts are for the young. There are plenty of great and safe indoor exercises that seniors can enjoy, as well – including walking, stretching, and balancing exercises! And if you have a gym membership, swimming is a great option.

Get outside

Just because you’re working out at home doesn’t mean you’re limited to indoor activities. Getting outside for your workout can help boost your mood and can even get you on a healthier sleep cycle, so when the weather is nice, move your yoga routine into the backyard. Invest in a basketball goal that can be mounted over the garage, or start a family game night that involves a sport or other movement. You can even incorporate your pets into a workout routine by creating some active playtime outside each day, going for a long walk, or learning a few exercises you can do together

Finding ways to stay fit at home during the pandemic and beyond can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Look for workouts that interest you and change them up throughout the week to prevent boredom. Use all the resources and tools available to you to keep track of your progress so you can see your hard work with your own eyes.

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