Don’t Sit Around, Keep Up With Your Exercise Routine
Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle, and recent developments have made exercising more important than ever. With people staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, gyms across the country have been closed. Since people have nowhere to go, it can be easy to slip into inactivity.
To keep yourself in good shape, and to help yourself get a good night’s sleep, you should try to exercise at home while everything is closed. Take a quick peek at some of the ways you can exercise without having to leave the comfort of your apartment.
Yoga exercises are great for building muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.
They’re also some of the easiest exercises to perform at home, as they don’t require extra equipment. However, it is recommended that you use a floor mat, and you can use a mirror to check your posture. Make sure you set everything up somewhere that offers a lot of room so you can stretch out easily and not hit the furniture.
There are several poses you can try, including the lotus position, the tree pose, and many others. Try using a phone or laptop to play tutorial videos while you exercise so you have a point of reference to work from. Always keep a bottle of water on standby, and try playing some light music to create a calming atmosphere for your routine.
Cardio exercises are great to try out if you’re looking to get rid of any body fat you’ve been building up at home. Even if you can’t go out for a bike ride, there are plenty of ways to build up cardio from the comfort of your apartment. Here are a few exercises you can try out:
- Jumping jacks
- Jogging in place
- Mountain climbers
All of these exercises will help you build up a sweat, and by keeping up with them on a consistent basis you’ll find yourself losing some weight in no time. Always keep a bottle of water on standby so you can stay hydrated.
Combine Exercises, Like Plank to Push-Ups
If you’re looking to challenge yourself a bit, try mixing some different routines together. To give an example, plank to push-up routines are very popular among some of the most dedicated gym-goers.
First, get onto the floor and get into the plank position by lying flat on the floor and holding yourself up with your forearms. Hold yourself in this position for around 30 seconds or so. From there, switch to a push-up position, and try doing 10 push-ups, or more.
Once you’re done, go back to the plank position, and repeat the process for as long as you are able to. Be sure to take breaks as needed, since you don’t want to put too much strain on your arms and legs. Try adding more reps as you go as you get more comfortable with the routine.
Try an Online Fitness Class
If you miss going out to the gym, there are some alternatives you can try out while staying safe at home. In particular, there are several online fitness classes and courses you can attend. Whether they are simple instructional videos or livestreams with professionals, these will help you connect with others while exercising.
One example is Yoga with Adriene, a YouTube program where Adriene Mishler teaches yoga poses to people of all experience levels. Planet Fitness is also offering daily livestreams for folks to attend while they’re at home. Even if you can’t go anywhere, you can still work out while feeling a sense of community.
How to Exercise Without Bothering Your Neighbors
A big reason why people don’t like to exercise in their apartments is because they don’t want to annoy people living next door. If you’re worried about bothering your neighbors, there are several things you can do to keep the noise level down to a minimum.
First, focus on how much you’re exerting your body as you exercise. Putting too much force into your actions not only leads to muscle pain, but can also create a lot of noise. Only put in as much exertion as you need to, and don’t push yourself too hard.
No matter what exercise you do, it’s recommended that you have a good floor mat handy. Not only does it keep you from pressing too hard on the hard flooring, it also absorbs noise you make as you stomp your feet or jump. This will keep the noise levels down, and you’re neighbors will be none the wiser to what you’re doing.
Are you planning to work from home as well? Use these tips to turn your apartment into an efficient work environment.