Over the past few months, our lives have changed drastically due to the COVID-19 virus. 

While many of us are used to getting out of the house to work, shop, travel, and visit friends/family, we’re now cooped up in our homes. It’s very important to follow social distancing rules, but I know how difficult it is to feel like you’re constantly stuck in your home, unable to get out and stay active. 

Here’s the good news…

Just because gyms and workout classes are all shut down, it doesn’t mean you can’t get up and get moving to stay healthy and get rid of your pent up energy. There are so many ways to exercise from the safety of your own home–so no excuses! 

Here are a few ideas on how you stay active without having an expensive at-home gym or state-of-the-art exercise equipment…

Become a “StairMaster”

If you live in a two-story house, you know the aggravation of accidentally leaving something upstairs, and having to climb all the way back up to your second floor to go get it. 

Why? Because walking up the stairs takes energy and effort. 

Instead of using the Stairmaster at the gym, do a few reps of climbing up and down your staircase at home. It’s a great leg and cardio workout! 

Get Crafty with Homemade Weights

If you have hand weights at home, great! 

If not…that’s ok too! It’s really easy to find things around your home you can use as weights in order to work on your triceps and biceps.  Any of the following items can be used as hand weights…

  • Water bottles
  • Books
  • Canned veggies/soup 
  • Bag of potatoes
  • Dog food/Cat food bags
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Paint cans

Take a Walk/Jog Around the Neighborhood

As long as you’re maintaining a safe distance from everyone, there’s nothing wrong with going out for a walk or jog in your neighborhood.

Take your dog for a walk. Put in your headphones and listen to music while you walk. Challenge yourself to see how many laps you can run around your neighborhood. 

These are all great ways of staying active and safely getting out of your house.  

Try An Online Yoga/Workout Program 

The internet is filled with resources including easy-to-access workout videos, online yoga classes, and dance workshops. 

The best part…many of them are FREE. 

Simply log on to YouTube and search for the kind of workout class you’re interested in. I guarantee you’ll find something that aligns with your workout preference. 

Of course, you can pay for online video subscriptions as well, such as Crunch Fitness, DailyBurn, or CorePower Yoga, but it’s really not necessary to purchase a workout plan unless you truly want to! 

Indulge in an Old-Fashioned Recess Workout Routine

Chances are you’ve got plenty of “workout equipment” laying around in your garage that you haven’t even thought about…especially if you have kids!

Take a look through your garage and see what you can find. 

  • A jump rope is great for cardio. 
  • Building a hopscotch course with chalk can help you work on leg strength. 
  • Hula hoops make fantastic ab workouts. 
  • Toss a ball in the yard to work on your shoulder and arm strength. 
  • Dust off a basketball and shoot some hoops for a whole-body workout.  

There are so many ways you can stay active and healthy without even taking a step out of your driveway. Not to mention, taking advantage of home workout options can save you some money on expensive gym memberships in a time where so many people are struggling with work layoffs and other financial struggles. 

Doing Our Part to Help with COVID-19 

At Lifestyle Changes LLC, we want to make sure you and your family have safe access to health care when you need it most. 

Regardless of whether you have virus symptoms, or you’re struggling with a health issue but don’t want to risk making an in-person visit to your doctor’s office, we can help! 

Schedule an online consultation with me here, and I’ll be sure you get information and help you need to stay healthy and happy. 

Wishing you good health in a time of such uncertainty.

Yours In Health,