According to the CDC, the average time a person should work out every week is about 150 minutes. It might seem like a lot but when you break the entire thing down, it’s just half an hour every day.
Even if you’re indoors, there are many forms of exercise that you can do to ensure both physical and mental fitness. Here are 6 great ways to keep yourself fit in the comfort of your house.
1. Clean the house
Sounds very boring but cleaning your house is actually a great form of exercise. We don’t mean simply standing in one place and vacuuming the same spot over and over. You have to actually get down and scrub the floor tiles or dust the curtains.
If you absolutely don’t wish to clean, put on some good music and try to make your house spick and span. Not only will your house be sparkling and tidy but you will also burn some calories this way. Activities like doing the dishes and sweeping the countertops are also good ways to burn calories.
Another great way to exercise at home is to perform push-ups regularly. Keep your chest muscles pumping and strong by doing about four to five sets of ten pushups each every day. Look for a large open space on the floor and lay your yoga mat there (if you have one).
Adopt the plank position so that your body is off the ground and you’re only supported by your hands and feet. Bring your body weight down the floor and push it back up again. Your pectoral muscles will hurt initially but that’s actually the way to stay fit.
3. Work out while watching TV
Let’s be honest, we live in a time where the TV and computer are everything. Instead of simply slouching on the sofa and watching shows idly, you can work out while you watch. If you have a treadmill or cycle at home, make the most of it while you’re relaxing.
If you don’t have a treadmill, you can buy any gym equipment online. A stationary bike or an elliptical can also be a great way to help you work out. You won’t get bored and you’ll get to binge on your favorite series and movies!
If you want, you can even do some bodyweight exercises.
3. Dumbbell squats
Legs are often overlooked by people who have just started gymming but that’s a mistake you should try and avoid. Working out your legs is as important as any other part of your body. Dumbbell squats are one of the most ideal ways of keeping your legs healthy and in shape.
You can perform it with either one dumbbell or two. Stand up straight while holding the dumbbells in your hands and bend your legs with your heels planted firmly to the ground. Keep going down until you touch the floor and move your body back up.
4. Jumping jacks
Remember how we used to jump like kids back in the old days? Well, why not bring that fun back? Jumping jacks will be ideal if you wish to warm up your body before a high-intensity workout. Just stand up straight, preferably in a room with high ceilings, and bring your arms above your head.
Keep your legs to the side, around shoulder-wide when you bring the arms up. Jump up and when you’re coming down, bring your arms down too. Keep your legs shoulder-width apart again and repeat the exercise as many times as possible.
5. Perform yoga
Yoga, an ancient form of art, isn’t just meant to keep your body healthy. It helps to keep your mind fresh too.
Wake up early in the morning and try to squeeze in a bit of yoga every day- just about 10 to 15 minutes in the beginning. Or if you want, you can even perform it in the evening after coming back home from work.
Work on your breathing techniques and focus your mind on the calmness and positivity surrounding you. Buying a yoga mat will sweeten the deal, so try purchasing a good one online.
Over to you…
After the onset of the pandemic, it has become even more important to work out and keep our physical and mental health well. These six exercises can be performed any time inside your house. Just get working on them and you’ll notice the change soon!