At-home exercise for all levels of activity

We’ve been going out less and staying at home more in hopes of keeping ourselves and others safe. You’ve probably had those days where you felt quite blah from staying indoors for too long. Taking a screen break, drinking some cool water, moving your body a little and checking out the @rurecreation Instagram page or our Group Fitness classes on Zoom can help with that feeling. There’s plenty of content to help you get moving. This blog post is all about little ways you can incorporate a little more movement into your days. Don’t worry if you’re not big on exercise or working out, there’s a suggestion that’s suited to all levels of activity.

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Deep breathing

Breathing may not be the exercise you’re thinking of, but it’s an easy and simple way to feel a bit calmer and refreshed. You can also take this exercise to the next level by incorporating some meditation. Try downloading an app to help you with deep breathing and meditation, such as Calm or Headspace. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed it can be really helpful; you don’t realize how much breathing can help until you try it out. Sometimes you don’t realize how tense you are until you take the time to relax. Just sit down, get comfortable, close your eyes, inhale for a count of four, hold for four and exhale for a count of seven. For guidance on deep breathing just Google “Breathing exercise” for a visual guide. You’ve got this. 

A nice stroll

Get a mask on and go for a walk in your neighbourhood. It can be refreshing to go out and walk for thirty minutes a day, and get some much needed vitamin D and a change of scenery. Just remember to pass by people courteously and you’ll have nothing to worry about. You can enjoy the sounds of the environment around you, listen to some music, catch up on podcasts or listen to an audiobook!

Yoga

I know yoga isn’t for everyone, but there is a good variety of yoga videos on various topics out there that could be just what you need. There’s yoga for anxiety, for digestion, for waking up, for winding down and more. Yoga can start off simple and easy, but as you get better you can challenge yourself with more difficult poses and challenging yoga tutorials. 

Check out this Yoga For Bedtime video by Yoga With Adriene (Go at your own pace and remember you don’t need to be able to every single move)

Just dance!

Perhaps you detest any form of exercise, but if you love music and/or dancing, just turn on some music and just dance or move to it. Sing on the top of your lungs, follow some Kpop dances or re-enact a musical. If you have a game console and a copy of a Just Dance game challenge yourself to play for 20 minutes a day! You can check out dance workouts on Youtube, as well! They’re workouts that don’t feel like workouts.

Check out this Cardio Beat video by Blogilates to get in some cardio just by dancing

Go for a run

This one is pretty obvious, but here’s a reminder that this is something you can do!

Jump rope

If you have a backyard or some space inside and a jump rope you can get some cardio in by jumping rope, which is more fun than running in my opinion. 

Check out this 10 Min Beginner Jump Rope Workout by Jump Rope Dudes for a jump rope and bodyweight workout

At-home Youtube workouts

There are many fitness vloggers out there that provide great at-home workouts – from dance videos to beginner workouts to more intense workouts. A great channel recommendation I received is called MadFit. A lot of her videos are apartment friendly, meaning you won’t bother your neighbours downstairs. Try out a variety of videos from a variety of people and you might find something fit for you! Remember, you don’t have to follow the videos to a tee. Just make sure you’re staying safe and doing the amount of exercise that’s comfortable and healthy for you. 

This is her 10 min ROLL OUT OF BED WORKOUT (No jumping, No equipment) video.

Create your own at-home routine!

Once you get into the groove of working out using apps or Youtube videos, create a 20-30 minute routine for yourself. If you don’t have workout equipment at home, find some bodyweight exercises that you can do, such as squats or push ups! Find workout routine recommendations and modify them to your comfort level! 

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These are a few ways you can keep healthy at home and get the steps you normally would back into your life. You definitely don’t have to do this everyday, just do what makes you feel happier and healthier. There’s so many other ways to just get moving such as biking, skateboarding or gardening even. Change up your routine from time to time or just stick to what works for you and stay healthy!

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