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October 2020

Get a Great Workout at Home

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s been more important than ever to exercise regularly. Working out can ease stress and help protect you from illness.

But what should you do if your gym is temporarily closed? Or maybe things are starting to reopen, but you’re hesitant to go back. Either way, it may seem hard to exercise at all. However, with a little creativity, you can find new ways to work up a sweat at home.

Try these tips:

  • Dust off that fitness equipment, or use an even simpler approach. You may already own a bench, bar, rubber resistance bands, or dumbbells you can use. If not, turn soup cans, water jugs, or other household objects into weights. You can also use your own body weight with exercises such as lunges or push-ups. A few sets of calf raises, squats, hip bridges, and planks will work most of your major muscle groups.

  • Focus on connecting. Ask your partner, spouse, or other family members to climb stairs with you or help with a cleaning project. Have a dance party with your kids where you take turns choosing fun music, or play a game of tag. The more connected you feel, the more it will help your mental health, too.

  • Use technology. There are tons of exercise video platforms and apps with a wide range of options. For instance, you can go to YouTube and search for numerous free routines. Peloton and other services stream live classes just like ones offered at trendy fitness studios. And if you’re looking for a more personal touch, find a coach or trainer who offers virtual sessions. You can also use an online service to work out at the same time as relatives or friends who live far away.

Remember: Aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week. And be sure to include two sessions focused on strengthening your muscles.

 

 

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Brian McDonough, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Ray Turley, BSN, MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2020
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