COVID-19 has turned our world upside down and many of us are practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. This means saying goodbye to the gym and spending most of our time at home. But, there are plenty of ways to stay in shape while staying safe at home. Whether you live in a shoebox apartment or a four-bedroom home, anyone can workout without leaving the house. Here are seven ways you can work out for free while avoiding the gym and staying at home.
via GIPHY Go for a Run
As long as you’re practicing social distancing from others you might encounter in your neighborhood, running is a safe way to stay in shape. Be sure to avoid touching crosswalk buttons, door handles, park benches and steer clear of drinking fountains and public restrooms. It doesn’t hurt to keep a mask and hand-sanitizer on hand, just for extra precaution. If you’re not a big runner, we also recommend biking, walks or hikes.
via GIPHY Lift Weights (Creatively)
If you don’t have any dumbbells, kettlebells or other weights at home, there are other ways to get your pump on. Try using gallon jugs of water, as each weighs about 10 lbs. If you don’t have a gallon jug, there are many items around your house which can do the trick, including cast iron skillets, bags of rice, textbooks or a large container of laundry detergent.
via GIPHY Follow a YouTube Video
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of free workouts available on YouTube. Personal trainers and exercise enthusiasts create in depth sets of exercises designed to be done at home and there’s a playlist out there for everyone. From beginners to advanced, there are tons of workout videos that target every muscle group on the body. Check out these content creators for some fitness inspiration: -Blogilates -MadFit -Pamela Reif -Official Thenx -Chloe Ting
via GIPHY Just Dance
Dancing is a great way to get your body moving while having fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced dancer or a total beginner, just put on your favorite playlist and start grooving. And while we don’t recommend throwing an in person dance party, there’s no harm in grooving with your friends on a Zoom call.
via GIPHY Take the Stairs
If your home has stairs, you can utilize them for your at home workout. Stairs come in handy when doing elevated lunges, high knees, mountain climbers or sprints. Just make sure you’re either barefoot or wearing sneakers on wooden stairs, no socks for this one!
via GIPHY Spring Cleaning
Cleaning can be a great way to break a sweat. Vacuuming, mopping, dusting, car washing, gardening and cleaning the bathroom can all burn calories as long as you’re willing to give it your all. And it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few lunges and squats between chores.
via GIPHY Play with Yours Pets and/or Children
If you’re got furry friends or youngsters around the house, why not turn playtime into a workout? If you have a dog, take them on a run or play some catch in the backyard. If you have kids, do jumping jacks, pushups and sit up together. If you have a cat, good luck and try one of our other at home workouts.