Tips to stay in shape at home:
We are in uncharted waters. COVID-19 has disrupted the entire world, and it is affecting all of us, in every aspect of our lives. Public health concerns, school closures, businesses closing and hour by hour updates on how to live our lives can all be very overwhelming, frustrating and stressful. In these unprecedented times it’s important to stay active and move. Staying physically active at least 20 to 30 minutes a day provides a boost to your immune system and lessens stress not to mention gives you something to do. But before you begin that in-home workout, let’s discuss 3 key points to make working out and staying in shape at home smooth and easy.
KEEP IT STRONG & PLIABLE: Our bodies work best when they are pliable. Your flexibility combined with your core strength are the gate keepers to your body’s ability to move. A good rule of thumb is that you should always start and end any physical activity with stretching, dynamic stretches (moving stretches) before and static stretches (holding stretches) after. This helps loosen up your body so you can utilize proper form while exercising and aids in recovery afterwards.
KEEP IT STABLE: Look at your body like a house. If that house is built on an uneven foundation you will more than likely see stress cracks in your walls over time. Your body also needs a solid foundation. Your stress cracks look like pulled muscles, stress fractures, herniated disks or even mood swings from improper breathing (yes breathing requires a form of physical flexibility). So to make sure you don’t run into these problems add some balance and stability elements to your workouts. Try doing a movement on one leg or perhaps a quick series of simple yoga stretches.
KEEP IT SIMPLE: There is beauty in simplicity. You don’t need elaborate movements or a lot of equipment to get the job done. Look at your workout as a series of movement patterns and not a series of muscles. It’s easier that way, and less overwhelming than considering hundreds of muscles. The 3 patterns you should consider while working out at home are push, pull and twist, for example, a push-up (upper body push), a squat (lower body push), row (upper body pull), hamstring curls (lower body pull), and wood choppers (full body twist). Your focus on three patterns between your upper and lower bodyputs your attention on the movement and your workout routine versus your bodies many different muscles.
Now, more than ever it’s important to find something active to do within your home. Check out our Hone Training Programs for more info! Enjoy, and stay safe! Until next time, Train Like an athlete, heal like a hippie, and always trust your gut!