With gyms closed and exercise classes cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are struggling to maintain our fitness routines. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay active at home without any equipment. Here are some creative ideas to get you moving:
1. Dance it out – Blast some music and dance around your living room. Not only is it a great cardio workout, but it also releases endorphins and improves your mood.
2. Yoga – All you need is a mat (or even just a towel!) to practice yoga. There are plenty of free online resources for yoga classes that can guide you through a full flow that will get your heart rate up while improving flexibility.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – HIIT workouts are designed to be high-intensity, quick and efficient. These workouts are perfect for people who want to get a good sweat session in a short amount of time. Many apps are also available for free to help guide you.
4. Pilates – Pilates is a low-impact workout that helps build and strengthen your core, improve posture and balance. It combines strength, flexibility and endurance all into one workout. Many online classes are available and you don’t need any equipment to start.
5. Body-weight workouts – These workouts may not require any equipment but still effectively help to build and tone muscles. You can do squats, lunges, push-ups, plank, and pilates-inspired moves which can be completed in a short amount of time.
6. Go for a walk, jog or run – Just because you’re sheltering in place doesn’t mean you can’t still get some fresh air and exercise outdoors. Whether you have a nearby park to enjoy, or simply take to the streets, rigorous exercise outside helps to boost the immune system while losing.
While these are just a few ideas to get you started, there are countless ways to stay active without any equipment. A little effort goes a long way, and by keeping your body active and healthy, you’ll feel great both physically and mentally.