In an effort to deter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), gyms and fitness centers around the country are closed and many more people are spending a lot more time at home. Although these measures are important moves to combat the virus, it can leave many of us missing our routine, including workouts. We’re here to help!
There are a lot of great exercises you can do from the comfort of your apartment home without needing special equipment; simply use what you’ve got in your apartment.
Squats are a great exercise and easy to do at home. Plus, there are many variations of a squat. A body squat, for example, doesn’t require any equipment at all. Consider using a chair in your apartment to make sure you don’t go too low. For a more challenging exercise, try a pistol squat. Using a chair here is helpful to keep your balance, especially for beginners.
Another great bodyweight exercise is a lunge. This works a variety of muscles and can be done easily in your apartment. Just make sure you clear enough space. You don’t want to bump into a table, sofa, or bed!
Similar to other bodyweight exercises, push ups can be done at home, although it’s important to pay attention to your form. If you’ve not done push ups in a while, you can start by pushing up from your knees rather than your feet. Also, you can do push ups from a coffee table to lessen the intensity. As the more moderate exercises become easy, transition to the traditional push up.
Use a chair or couch as an alternative to a bench for dips. These exercises are great for your tricep muscles.
Focusing on our abdominal and core muscles is another great home workout option. A variety of plank exercises can activate your core. Twists are another proven ab exercise. Plus, you can hold a bottle of laundry detergent or large jug of water to create more resistance when doing a twist.
Full Body Workouts
For a full body workout, we love these ideas from Good Housekeeping with a ton of exercise options to target various muscle groups through home exercise.
Before you begin a home workout and exercise regime, get organized and create a plan. WebMD has helpful insights on the key elements of a fitness program and how to get motivated.
Use these exercises to create circuits that you repeat to target different muscles in your body. If you’re looking for some added instruction, Planet Fitness is hosting free “Home Work-Ins” daily on its Facebook page. Tune in at 7pm ET on their Facebook page and check out the library of videos from previous Home Work-In sessions.
We all need to adjust our routines and work together to combat the spread of the virus. We believe it’s how you live that matters and even in difficult times, it’s important to stay healthy. We hope that these home exercise tips are helpful for you!