It’s known that exercise decreases stress and anxiety, so it’s the ideal thing to include in your daily routine at the moment. Not only will you give yourself an endorphin boost, but it can also help you sleep better at night. Who’s going to say no to that!
It is easy to fall into the trap of avoiding exercising during this time but carving out 20-40 minutes a day where you can incorporate some exercise while doing your physical and mental health a world of good.
The first step is to create a routine. If you’re working from home, we no longer have the time drain of commuting. Try and use this extra time in the morning, lunch breaks or half an hour in the evening before dinner to set aside for some exercise. Be realistic, if you cant set time aside daily, aim for 2-3 times a week and slowly build it up.
One of the most effective workouts if you can’t leave the house is a mix of bodyweight exercises and high-intensity workouts. They’re relatively short intense workouts that don’t take up much space and more importantly they don’t require any equipment.
Make it easy on yourself and get everything you need togehter before you start. If you have a yoga mat brilliant, if not a towel will make do. Have your water close by and the timer app up on your phone. Then you’re good to go!
Get other family members or friends involved. If you have children at home with you, the workout time could be a joint PE session. That way, everyone can burn off some energy.
Don’t get discouraged if you miss a session—analyse why that timing didn’t work and learn from it for future workouts.
We’ll also be releasing a blog with tips for how to use everyday household objects like chairs and countertops for exercises.