Stay Active at Home
COVID-19 is making an impact on how we go about our day-to-day activities. Our children are doing e-learning classes from home and many of us may find ourselves working from home now, too. During these unprecedented times, it can be easy to sideline things you may feel are not as important. However, your health should not be one of those things.
As we continue to “social distance” ourselves from the rest of the world, we may start to develop feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Exercise can help!
Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve moods and can help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. However, finding the motivation to work out at home is not as easy as it sounds.
Here are some tips to help get the motivation you need to keep you active from home:
Build a schedule and stick to it. Make a calendar and set times and days for certain workout routines. This will help encourage you to stick with your plan regularly.
Find an online community. Just because your gym may be closed, doesn’t mean there aren’t other alternatives to work out with like-minded people. Between YouTube, fitness apps, and social media, there are many options to find people to work out with.
Set goals and reward yourself. Setting daily, weekly, or even monthly goals can help you stay on track. And when you reach a goal you set, don’t be afraid to celebrate it!
Switch it up. It’s easy to become bored by doing the same thing repeatedly. Switching up your fitness regime can help you continue to feel excited about working out.
Pump up the jams. Music is a motivator. With the perfect playlist, your workout will be more enjoyable, which can lead to more calories burned.
Sport your gear. Putting on your workout clothes is the first step to getting you moving. If you feel like skipping your routine, putting on your running shoes may significantly change your motivation.
So, while things feel a little uncertain right now, exercise can continue to be your normalcy during unusual times.