A global pandemic can make working out and losing weight a little more complicated. With many gyms shut and social distancing a priority, exercise can quickly take a back seat.
To stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle during a global pandemic, here are 8 home workout ideas to help inspire you to feel the burn and keep moving towards your ideal body weight.
Thanks to YouTube there is now an almost endless resource of free online workout videos to explore. From high-intensity cardio routines to core strengthening workout ideas that rely on your body weight rather than dumbbells or kettlebells.
Home workout ideas can help you target specific areas of your body as well as lift your mood and improve your mental health while social distancing.
Yoga has incredible benefits to the mind, body, and soul. By starting your day at home with an online yoga video, you can use this global pandemic to finally reach your fitness goals.
Improve your core strength, develop your flexibility, and tone up your body.
You can sign up for a yoga course or again head to YouTube to learn yoga for free and in your own time.
An out-of-the-box workout idea while the global pandemic continues to impact daily life is to take your exercise into the world of VR.
By investing in an Oculus Quest 2, you can burn energy and tone up playing virtual reality games such as FitXR which combines boxing and squats with a wide range of music.
Enter your virtual studio by popping the VR headset on and start working out at home.
Since traveling from home isn’t recommended during a global pandemic, seize the opportunity to explore your local area.
Hiking doesn’t always need to involve a national park, it can easily be adapted and applied to urban environments and built-up cities by incorporating stairs, hills, and different speeds as you go.
Running or jogging is a fantastic full-body workout that helps you to develop your core and stamina over time. If you’re now working from home, use the time you would usually commute to and from work to go for a jog instead.
You can even download running apps to start keeping track of your friends and family as they work out and turning your exercise routine into a competition.
If you have a garden, it’s time to get back to nature and develop a new love for plants. Digging, lifting bags of soil, pruning, and mowing the lawn will all help you to burn off any excess weight. This is a great way to shake up your daily routine while maintaining social distancing too.
There is a reason why so many professional boxers jump rope! This fast and effective workout idea will help you burn up to 200 to 300 calories in just 15 minutes.
Jumping rope on a regular basis will help reduce your risk of injury, improve your coordination, improves your heart health, and can even strengthen bone density. So, it’s time to pump up the volume and start skipping your way to a happy, healthy physique.
Another fun and creative workout idea that you can do from home are weighted hooping. This activity involves a hoop that is slightly weighted compared to a regular hula hoop and is designed to shred inches off your waist. You can do this while watching TV.
Even using a weighted hoop for a few minutes a couple of times a day will help you reach your weight loss goals and boost your daily activity.
During a global pandemic, health should be your number one priority so stay safe, stay healthy and protect others.
Being overweight not only impacts your mental health and can make you feel self-conscious, but it can also increase your risk of suffering from health issues. While it can be easy to give in to comfort food and pass up exercise for binge-watching TV, you need to find the motivation to get up, show up and reach your fitness goals.
Since work commitments and time restrictions are no longer an issue for many people working remotely, make this year the time you finally smash your weight loss goals.
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