How to Stay Active at Home
Updated: Jun 24, 2020
Americans are staying home due to the Coronavirus in order to reduce its spread. With more and more cities announcing stay at home orders for non-essential businesses and services, boredom might not be the only problem on your hands. With the closure of gyms and public parks in metropolitan areas, it can be hard to stay physically active. Excising is one of the easiest ways to boost your immune system, which could help your body fight off the virus if you were to contract it. Though many people do not own personal gym equipment, whether that be a state of the art machine or simple free weights, did you know that you can still get a good workout with items found around your home? Here are a few ways to stay fit in your home from the experts.
Number one—burpees. Also known as a squat thrust, a burpee is a full body exercise used in strength training and requires zero equipment. Starting in a standing position, move quickly into a plank and then back up again. Though there are many ways to perform a burpee, you typically raise your hands into the air when coming back up and you can even do a push-up while in the planking position. Combined with other body-weight movements like regular push-ups and squats, this is a great place to start a home routine. Isometric holds in which you hold a position for an extended period of time is a great way to push your muscles to work harder. For variety, use a chair to support your squats. Also, gallon water jugs make a great substitute for free weights. If you are accustomed to using a barbell, you can use a broomstick to practice your form. Even though you're at home, it's important to practice good health and recovery habits to avoid getting sick or worn out. Wash your hands regularly, stay hydrated, and always wipe up any pools of sweat you might leave after exercise.