Since we’re all stuck at home, working out might seem like a challenge for some of us. However, just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t exercise and see results. Of course, working out holds many benefits other than gaining muscle and improving your physical health. Exercising regularly will improve your quality of sleep, reduce your anxiety, lower your weight, and even lower a person’s risk of death. So, let’s discuss a few types of workouts you can start doing today right at home without going out or spending any money.
Who hasn’t heard of yoga? It’s an immensely popular form of exercise, and for good reason. No matter how old you are, it’s a fantastic way to build up muscle strength and increase flexibility. It’s built to be practiced anytime, anywhere. Aside from building muscle and improving flexibility, yoga has been shown to improve bone strength, balance, improve your moods, sleep quality, and also protect the joints. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done yoga before, it can be adjusted to any fitness level. Get started with some online videos or classes. There are plenty of free videos online to guide you. All you need is a mat or a carpet.
High-Intensity Interval Training is the perfect workout for someone who wants to make the most of a workout in the shortest amount of time. These workouts are very intense but you get breaks in between each set of exercises. Studies have shown that HIIT workout benefits include improved heart-rate variability, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and so much more. Not to mention, the exercises themselves are basic and simple. Push-ups, squats, and jumping jacks are just some that are included in HIIT workouts.
If you’re looking for a workout that’s calm, slow, and controlled but is more focused on building muscle, Pilates is for you. You can find plenty of online workouts and classes, but overall, they tend to include the same moves that are a staple to pilates. Again, all you need is a mat or a carpet to get started. Similar to yoga, pilates will help improve muscle strength, increase flexibility, and also improve your posture among other things.
Strength training is more challenging than other workouts since it includes some weights as well. Even a couple of dumbbells, a resistance band, or kettlebells will do the trick. These exercises have plenty of benefits from improving bone health, muscle strength, and even reduce arthritis pain. As with many other forms of exercise, strength training will also improve your moods and boost your energy levels.
When was the last time you got to dance a little? It turns out that dancing is a fantastic way to exercise and is terribly underestimated. You can find online classes with no problem and you’ll be able to stay in shape while having fun. It can be any type of dance, of course. Whether it’s Zumba, hip-hop, or freestyle, any movement will be good for your body. Dancing will help improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength and control, and it will of course boost your mood as well.