Gyms may be closed right now but that shouldn’t give you an excuse to skip your workouts, or the kids the chance to slouch in front of the TV. There are a ton of other ways for you to get your heart rate up without going to your commercial gym or taking part in organised sports. Give these home workout suggestions a try.
With over two billion active users, YouTube is the go-to platform for some quality home workout videos. From yoga classes to TikTok dances, there is a plethora of content for all needs. Just type in the search bar to find what you’re looking for, and all of your options with be right at your fingertips.
Use what you have
If you already own a set of weights and a treadmill, great! Use that. But if you don’t want to splurge on expensive equipment, use the items that are readily available in your home. A ten-kilogram rice bag can double as extra weight for your squats. Water bottles or canned foods can be used as dumb-bells. If you’re really looking for a challenge during pushups, you can even have your child sit on your back! Get creative.
But if you are willing to spend some money on gym equipment, these are the basics that can help you get the most out of your workout:
- Skipping rope for cardio
- Dumb-bells or resistance bands for strength training
- Yoga mat for stretching exercises
Get the family involved
Although most families may not have enough people to play a full-on basketball game, getting your partner and children involved in exercise can turn your workout into family time. Most families should be able to play some badminton, toss a frisbee, or play a game of tag. You can even play a round of Simon Says. Make it active by incorporating bodyweight exercises like jumping jacks, pushups, and stretching.
Although these options may not entirely replace your gym membership, at-home workouts are saving the lives of the immuno-compromised members of society. So while we all do our best to flatten the coronavirus curve, break out a sweat by throwing on a YouTube workout video.