How to Stay Active When You’re Stuck at Home


For both your physical and mental health, keeping your body moving and grooving while you’re staying home is important. Take a break from Tiger King (or whatever binge-worthy show you’re hooked on) and add a little exercise with these tips:

  1. Find a workout buddy. Even when we’re not all quarantined, accountability is helpful for working out. Enlist the support of a friend who wants the same and check in with each other each day. There are hundreds of online options for workouts and fitness classes; see if you can help each other discover new ways to get your heart pumping.
  2. Set reminders to get up. If you have kids, never mind–they’ll do this for you. But if you’re working from home and stuck in front of a screen (or several) throughout your day, you might need a little impetus to get up and move. Set alarms or reminders to alert you when it’s time to take a walk, plank for a minute, do some push-ups, or hop on your treadmill. Some kind of movement every hour is great.
  3. Dance it out. Hate exercise? Put on your favorite jam, grab the fam, and get your groove on. If you’re on Tik Tok (or your kids are), learn one of the app’s popular dances, or just improvise and perfect your own moves. This is not only good for your body, but also a great stress-reducer.
  4. Go for a walk. It’s okay to go outside, especially if you live in an area that’s not highly populated. Fresh air, sunshine, and getting in some steps will do your body a whole lot of good; just be sure to wear a cloth face covering if you’ll be around many people, and remember the six-feet rule. If your neighborhood is heavily populated, try to find a trail that’s less so.
  5. Try circuit training. The American Heart Association has recommendations on its website for a simple circuit workout that you can create at home, including jumping jacks, high knees, push-ups and lunges. This is a great family activity, and you can modify it to be age appropriate.

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