If you’re currently stuck at home, you may be feeling demoralized about what this will mean for your fitness. Whether you were training for a big race or enjoy working out at the gym, it can be tough to think about putting your usual routine on hold (especially if you were starting to see results!)
Exercise is vital for our mental and physical health. If you’re bound by the confines of your home, it doesn’t mean your activity level should be limited.
By creating a mix of body-weight exercises and high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you may find yourself fitter and stronger than ever. These workouts are generally short which is great if you have to squeeze a quick routine in between meetings or kid’s nap time. The best part is they don’t require any equipment!
Here are some of our favorite body-weight exercises:
1) Lower-Body Equipment-Free Workout with a Cardio Burnout
This workout from SELF will test your endurance all the way through. And then just when you think you’re done, there’s a cardio burnout at the end that’ll give you one last challenge. You can make it easier or harder by tweaking the amount of rest you take between exercises in the circuit.
2) Intense At Home Upper Body Workout
A 15-minute workout by MadFit that will remind you of every muscle in your arms, chest, back, and shoulders. What better time to tone your arms than when you’re stuck inside?
3) The Ultimate 10-Minute Full-Body Home Workout
This is an “easy” workout by Runtastic that you can do at home with no equipment at all. Oh, and when we say easy, we mean you will be working your tail off, have sweat dripping into your eyes, and feeling nice and sore tomorrow! The link provides modifications for different fitness levels so pick your poison and give it your all.
And to make things even more fun, pull your partner into your workout too. It’s always fun to work out with a friend.
While these exercises will help tone your body, it can also help soothe your mind as well. Don’t underestimate the benefits of physical activity. It’s important to exercise both your body and mind and physical activity can help with both simultaneously.