After staying within the confines of our home for most of the past year, we’ve grown accustomed to replacing outdoor activities with indoor or semi-outdoor ones. We continued our love for shopping online, we realized most jobs could be done outside an office, and we looked for activities to stay entertained in the middle of everything that’s going on.
For some places, health and wellness spaces are already open to the public, but not everyone is willing to come out and risk their own health for the sake of being healthy, which is both a good and bad thing.
It’s a good thing because people are more careful than ever. The cautiousness will help slow the virus’s spread. Bad thing because this means businesses in health and wellness won’t be doing too well, leading to some of them going out of business temporarily or permanently. We’d have fewer gyms to go to when everything goes back to normal.
For now, most people are stuck with making their homes a place where they can continue staying active.
Here’s how you can do the same:
1. Take walks.
Keeping your heart healthy involves a lot of exercises that increase cardiovascular fitness. You can do that by walking for at least 30 minutes every day. Mind you. You don’t even have to go out of your yard to complete a 30-minute walk.
If you can’t afford to go out—which is completely acceptable—you can enjoy the view within your yard. Take this chance to call up landscapers to improve your environment, which will inspire you to head out and enjoy it more.
Want to expand your walking route? Check the weather and make sure you wear your mask. This ensures that you won’t encounter bad weather while you’re out and be vulnerable.
2. Stand in-between work hours.
At first, working at home seemed like it was the easiest thing to do. But as we grow months into the routine of doing the same thing repeatedly without a change in scenery or communicating with other people other than the ones we live with, it started to get tiring.
Sitting at home for at least eight hours a day isn’t the healthiest thing to do.
So, you can make it a bit better by standing. Plop your laptop in a table high enough to use it comfortably while standing, and alternate between sitting and standing inside those eight hours.
3. Ditch the elevator.
If you live in a multi-story building, make it a habit to ditch the elevator and opt for using the stairs when you’re not in an extreme hurry. Not only do you get some light exercise—depending on the number of flights, but you also avoid close contact with other people who ride the elevator. The elevator is a small and enclosed space, which won’t be an ideal place to be in when you’re trying to avoid getting sick.
4. Walk around your house.
While inside your room or any other part of your house, make sure you take the time to walk around when you’re doing normal things such as eating a snack, drinking, or talking to your loved ones over the phone.
It’s a way for you to remain active without doing much, and you can also develop this habit if you do it enough. It’s not good for your body to remain sitting or lying down for extended periods, especially if you’re facing electronics while you’re at it.
5. Schedule your workouts.
At home, it can be difficult to stay consistent with workouts. You have the couch and your bed at your disposal, and your fridge is just a few steps away. To make things easier for yourself, create a schedule when it comes to when you’ll exercise and refrain from spending a lot of time in the kitchen or where your food is.
Spending just ten minutes a day doing light workouts will benefit you more than doing them sporadically in high intensities. Your body will get used to the routines, and you’ll avoid muscle pain.
Working out can be difficult to maintain when everything around you screams relaxation. From the ambiance of your home down to the people you live with, it can be difficult to remain motivated to achieve your fitness goals. But one thing’s for sure, consistency, when you gain the momentum, will be beneficial in the long run. Accepting that fitness is a long process will help you stay within your course.