Working out from home is becoming a growing choice in people’s lifestyles as we social distance and isolate during COVID-19. It allows us to exercise in a way that is convenient for the situations that we find ourselves in and it is also an accessible way to do it. There’s a huge number of reasons but how do we make the most of it?
Make a routine:
First up is make a routine! You need to make a routine in your workouts. Working out at home allows you to do it when you feel like it, so a good idea is to know what you want to do when you decide to do it. That way, you will prevent making excuses for yourself or putting it off until later or even tomorrow (we are all guilty of this at least once before).
Next up is equipment. However, most of us did not ever think that we would be living through these extraordinary times, so we may have not panic bought weight sets. Now, do not fret, there are many exercises we can do body weighted and we can also improvise with the materials we have- use your canned tins as weights, water bottles as dumbbells, fill a rucksack with heavy books (be creative!).
Goal setting is vital no matter how you’re working out. One of the easiest things to do is to make up excuses especially at this time. However, take this time to decided where you want to be in 1 month – 6 months time, and work from there. Be realistic with your goals with the current situation, and do what you think will be doable. Setting achievable goals will be your first step!
After you have done all of the above, the next crucial point for you is that you are keeping things varied. Variety is the spice of life after all, or so they say! So doing the same workout, day in day out is not good for us, physically or mentally. If you find yourself doing the same workout each day, change it up. Do a HITT or yoga session, include a new body weight workout- these are a great way to add variety. Get outdoors (within your 2 km radius) for a while! Changing up your training patterns is great for your progress.
Don’t do it alone:
How you might ask? You don’t have to do it alone if your isolating and working out from your home! There are loads of options to make the most of social exercising. Why not hit the internet and go find some relevant instructor led classes, sigh up for a zoom session with your local gym. The opportunities and endless at this time and there is something out there for everyone. Why not get a family member involved and set goals together. Exercising with someone else is an excellent way to keep things interesting and motivate yourselves! Think about it and include them in your plans if that’s what’s going to push your further- we all have a competitive nature after all!