Social Distancing: At-Home Exercises To Keep You Fit

Gyms are a no-go zone at the moment, as we are being called upon to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in a full workout, even from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

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HIIT Cardio Workout 

Think you need fancy equipment to achieve a full-body high intensity workout? Think again. All you need is a little motivation to get off the couch and a couple of handy YouTube tutorials to get those muscles burning. A good high intensity interval workout should start off with adequate warm-up time to ensure that you do not injure yourself. Thereafter, it’s all about fast, precise movement and determination to get through to the end. HIIT workouts should be no longer than 45 minutes and you should take rest days to give your body time to repair itself. Check out this HIIT cardio workout with warm-up by Lita Lewis to get you started.

Yoga & Pilates

See that yoga mat tucked away into the corner of your living room? Remember when you promised yourself that you would use it everyday? Now is the time to get stretching and release the tension from your neck, shoulders and body. Whether you choose to practice yoga, pilates or a combination of both, there are numerous benefits to taking a little extra time to focus on your breathing, posture and state of mind. While certain styles of yoga are great for toning up muscles, core conditioning and working up a sweat, some are geared more towards relieving stress and anxiety. During this period of uncertainty, we recommend that you practice varying styles, to achieve an all-round boost of happy endorphins and positive thinking.

If you have never practiced yoga before, check out our guide to finding the right style for you. Feeling super stressed right now? Try this yoga sequence for stress and anxiety presented by Yoga With Adrienne:

Dance

This is one for all the social butterflies who will be missing their weekly gym dance classes. Get out your old Zumba DVDs or put on your favourite song of the moment and get dancing! There shouldn’t be anyone around to judge your moves, so let loose and get some good energy flowing through your veins. If you’re young enough to know what TikTok is, try learning a few trending dance routines to impress your friends with. Our top pick of the moment is the viral hand washing dance challenge created by choreographers in Vietnam:

On The Move At Home

Moms and dads who will be working from home for the next few weeks may become overwhelmed, as they play the role of parent, teacher and employee simultaneously. Although it may seem impossible to exercise, there are ways to get your heart rate up while fulfilling your varying duties. A few squats while you brush your teeth, a couple of jumping jacks while you wait for your toast to pop up and some core conditioning lunges as you make your way to your desk can make all the difference. Spring cleaning is also an excellent way to workout and you can get the whole family involved!

Do you know of any at-home exercise routines that are just as effective as a hardcore gym session? Let us know about them!