A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Exercise
Physical activity is a great way to facilitate better health and reduce stress. While we are spending more time at home, consider these suggestions to alter activities you are likely already doing, to provide more movement in your daily routines.
Working Out While Stuck at Home
Now, let's talk about working out while you're stuck at home. Getting some sort of movement during your day is important to both your physical health and your emotional health.
Many people have stopped having any kind of movement during the day during the pandemic. Especially since most people are working at home, there are fewer people walking or biking to work. This includes fewer walks around the office, too.
Being stuck at a desk at home all day is not ideal. Even if you aren't interested in or are physically unable to exercise intensively, it's important to incorporate some movement into your day. Let's talk about some ways that you can fit movement into your day during this time.
For Those Working at Home and/or Taking Classes at Home
Even if you're sitting at your laptop or computer for hours on end, there are ways to sneak in some movement. Consider some of these ideas next time you're feeling restless:
- Stand up and walk around in between reading emails or working on assignments
- Set a timer to walk a lap around your house every 30 minutes
- Walk around while speaking on the phone
- Do leg lifts while you're on video calls
- Take a walk during lunch
- Do five jumping jacks every time you get a question wrong
- Take a trip up and down the stairs every 30 minutes
For Those Who Need to Get Out
If you need to get out of the house, there are great ways to do so safely. Try some of these suggestions:
- Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood during your lunch break
- Do some Pilates in your backyard after work
- Run down to the end of the street and back every time you get off of a call or in between classes
For Those Who Like Creative Solutions
If you don't have a formal gym or any workout equipment, there are a few ways you can spice up your movement. Take a look at some ideas we've put together:
- Curl soup cans as a replacement for weights
- Lift a jug of milk while you walk around
- Lift a book using your legs
- Do pushups on the wall or the end of the couch
For Those Who Like Watching Television
If you need some sort of relaxation after working all day, you may want to do some exercise while watching television. Here are a few ways to get some movement in while you're relaxing:
- Stand up while you're watching
- Walk in place
- Do jumping jacks during commercials
- Do some stretching
- Lookup a workout routine for your favorite TV show
For Those Who Are Busy With Household Chores
If you have too many things to do around the house, there are ways to incorporate your daily movement into your chore routine. Here are a few ways to get some movement while working on chores:
- Dance around while you're mopping or vacuuming
- Run with your kids in the backyard
- Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood
- Clean out a room
- Get some yard work done
Related Wellness Resources
We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.
A Stay at Home Wellness Guide
With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, more people are spending time at home. This is impacting all aspects of our life and living including how we eat, exercise, work, further our education, worship, shop, and enjoy entertainment, just to name a few important things. This series will provide tips and common sense for how we can live a happier and healthier life while spending more time at home, or any other place for that matter.
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A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Working from Home
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9 Workout Tips for Staying in Shape During the Holidays
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Common Sense for Living a Healthier Life
An estimated 95 percent of the world's population suffers from some type of medical condition according to recent reports from the healthcare sector. More than a third live with as many as five simultaneous health issues.1 At the same time, one in four people currently suffer from a mental illness, and this number is expected to increase during the years to come.
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook
Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!
Tip 4: Take a Breath
One of the best ways to exercise is through breathing! Learn more in part four of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.
Tip 7- Let's Get Physical
Time to get physical! Your body needs to move, even if it's just a little bit! Learn more in part seven of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.
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