Let’s face it, physical activity is often not high on the list of things to do when you are nestled safely indoors. From binge-watching your next show to bingeing all those tasty snacks, physical activity is probably the last thing you want to do but the first thing you should be doing. Why? There is an immense amount of health, both physical and mental, benefits that will serve you whether you are out and about or relaxing at home.
So what is the best way to stay active indoors without all the gym equipment? Check out this list for some inspiration!
Sit less and get up often.
Whether you are working or simply enjoying online entertainment, your body will thank you if you take regular breaks from sitting. Go for a short stroll or even alternate periods of sitting and standing. You don’t need to do a bunch of jumping jacks to get your blood going, just get up every once and a while!
Maintain your strength by using body weight.
Exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, and planks are examples of aerobic exercise that utilize body-weight to help you keep your muscles strong and healthy. There are a large number of online resources for other examples of body-weight that you can find that suit people of all ages. If you are spending more time indoors these days, aim to get a least a couple of body-weight sessions a week.
Set up your speakers and have a dance party.
For those who are looking for a more creative, why not have a little fun while you are getting some exercise? Turn up the volume, press play on your favorite songs, and dance like no one is watching! This is a great way to relieve any underlying stress while getting in some high-intensity training, plus it is quite a bit of fun.
Play with your kids, pets, or both.
Typically outfitted with high energy, keeping up with your children and pets are a great way to stay active. Not only would they enjoy replacing your attention towards technology but it is a great way to bond with your loved ones!
These are just a few examples of the different ways you can stay active while indoors but the possibilities are almost endless. Get creative with your surroundings and work up a sweat!