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Get motivated to move at home

Added 23 Apr 2020 by GFORCE

Get motivated to move at home!

It’s been an incredibly strange time for everyone recently as people up and down the country (and all over the world) slowly adapt to living their lives in a completely different way than usual. But despite all these changes and uncertainty, one important thing is to look after your own health and wellbeing. That’s why we are taking a fresh look at how you can stay motivated and get moving at home!

Benefits of exercise

Most people are aware of the benefits of exercise to both your physical and mental health. Not only does keeping in shape help your body burn calories, and positively impact on your overall health and fitness levels, it also improves your mood and decreases feelings of anxiety and stress. Exercise increases endorphins, helping you feel happy and increasing your general wellbeing. It’s a win, win!

How to keep motivated

With your usual routine currently out the window, you may be finding it difficult to get motivated. In addition, working from home may mean you’re not as active as you’re used to so, here are some tips to you get up and about and help yourself stay on track.

Make sure that every day you are making time for your chosen exercise, perhaps you can get up half an hour earlier than the rest of your household so you truly have some ‘me’ time. It’s a great way to get energised and start your day.

If choosing exercises based at home, rather than your once a day walk, run or bike ride, create a dedicated space to workout. Having a clear area that you use where you feel comfortable and have enough room to move about is ideal.

Wearing workout gear can help motivate you to exercise and puts you in the right frame of mind. Training in your PJs or slippers isn’t the way to go… so dig out your gym gear and get in the zone!

Finally, set yourself a goal to complete. It doesn’t have to be anything too scary but just a realistic target that will make you feel like you’ve achieved something. It will give you just the boost you need to keep going.

Not sure what exercise to do? Here are some suggestions…

As we are all getting used to a new routine, it’s time to re-think your exercise regime. Take a look at some of our different ideas, ranging from slow to fast paced workouts, and see if you can give one, or more of them a go… mix it up, get creative and make it fun. Please remember to follow government advice, social distance and only leave your home for exercise once a day.

1. Walking
Taking one walk a day is an easy way to improve your fitness.  Did you know that just one 30-minute walk a day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones and reduce excess fat? And what a great way to get outside and explore your local area.

2. Yoga and Pilates
For something a bit slower paced but that still achieves a great outcome, look no further than yoga and pilates. Both are so easy to do from home – all you need is floor space and, preferably, a mat.
Pilates aims to improve flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness and Yoga brings the body and mind together using exercise, breathing and meditation. Both can be great for helping muscular and postural strength as well as mental wellbeing and harmony.

If you are regularly hunched over a computer or have the usual aches and pains a stressful life can bring, then yoga or pilates could be just what you need to de-stress, stretch and unwind. There are loads of tutorials available online to help get you started.

3. Dancing
Put the music on at home and get your groove on! A 15-minute dance not only works your heart, but put’s a smile on your face too! There are loads of simple routines your can follow online if you want to try. Why not get the whole family involved too?

4. Jogging
If you want to up the pace, jogging is a great way to improve your stamina and get your heart pumping, and it can be as easy or as hard as you like. For beginners, always start slow and start by walking. You may progress to brisk walking for about 30 minutes every day. Once you fall in rhythm, then you can begin jogging for short intervals. First timers may have to alternate between walking and jogging for some time – don’t be disheartened, it’s all progress and all exercise. Once your body is accustomed, gradually increase the duration of your jogging sessions. Jogging can help build endurance and stamina without being too harsh and it strengthens the muscles and bones too.

5. High Intensity Interval Training
If you’re looking for something to push you, then have you thought about High intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts? HIIT workouts involve an intense period of working hard, followed by a period of much lower intensity or complete rest. This is then repeated for a number of rounds or duration of time. Some bodyweight exercises you can do at home are squats (keeping your chest up), push ups (don’t worry if you have to half press ups on your knees), lunges, high knee sprints and the plank.

6.  Get in the garden
If you’re looking for an outdoor workout, how about creating a circuit in your garden?  Circuit training is a combination of six or more exercises performed with short rest periods between them for either a set number of repetitions or a prescribed amount of time. One circuit is when all of the chosen exercises have been completed. Multiple circuits can be performed in one training session.  For at home circuits, you could skip, jump squat, star jump, shuttle run, and do some sit ups. There are loads to pick from! If you’re feeling really motivated why not try to do some exercises with weighted objects you can find around the home – such as water bottles to replicate dumbells. 

7. Get online
For more inspiration you could also follow online workouts on an app or YouTube. There are plenty of free apps and videos at the moment including the Nike training app and The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, who is doing a daily PE lesson work out at 9am.

Whatever you decide to do, make it fun and don’t be afraid to experiment. Workout to your level and get others in your home involved. It’s all about having fun, staying healthy and keeping ourselves motivated.

Stay Safe.

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