At-home Fitness: How to Stay in Shape from the Comfort of your Home

Prevention & Awareness

February 8, 2022

The last two years have taught us that our living room can easily be turned into a perfect fitness studio. Or that gallon jugs make the perfect dumbbell. Your home can be the perfect space to stay in shape.

Let’s dive into some exercise and fitness tips that are sure to motivate and get you moving!

Tip #1. Rethink your idea of gym equipment.

When we think of the gym equipment, we think of treadmills, bench presses, dumbbells, fitness studios. Force yourself out of that mindset and think creatively. Use that chair as a weight or have a family member assist in sit-ups. Use that dog leash as a perfect rope for stretching out limbs. The world is your studio! Be mindful of your body and what can aid in giving the best exercise.

Tip #2. Declutter your space.

Working from home can mean your life revolves around other distractions you may not be able to control. While fitness studios house gym members, your family home can have kids, pets, or hobbies scattered about. Try to create a space that is easy to use and free of distractions. Ample space is required to reduce injury. As long as you have availability to move around without bumping into furniture, you’re golden.

Tip #3. Create a workout routine that fits your schedule.

In general, a workout routine is best for keeping track of the goals and training you have in mind. Even at home, workout routines allow you to accommodate what is available and what you’d like to tone or build up. Remember, working at home can be difficult. Try to set attainable goals and create a flexible routine for your day-to-day life.
With that being said, make sure to incorporate a warm-up, exercises that get you moving and stretching, a cooldown.

Tip #4. Start out small.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, take it easy. Give yourself 10 minutes to stretch your body and check in with everything. If you’re feeling sore or pain, take it slow and try out exercises that incorporate fluidity or yoga practice. Move from 10 minutes to 20, or 30. It all depends on your comfort level and what you can do. Don’t be hard on yourself. Know that even small steps count as a victory! Remember, your home is your studio. Get creative and get that body moving.