Tackling Home Workouts
Tackling Home Workouts
by Claire Allen, RD
For many of us, the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order has put a major damper on our workout routines. Whether you are a class junkie or like the freedom of exercising outside, the current environment has restricted all of us on where we can go and how close we can be to others. Even taking a walk, jog or bike ride outside can be challenging with the 6-foot social distance rule. Therefore, to get our sweat going, we must get creative. Here are some tips to get you started with your home workout routine:
- Dedicate a space to exercise: This can be your garage, your deck, or a specific floor space in your living room. Having a dedicated spot helps to signal your brain that this is the workout space and it’s time to exercise.
- Find a program that works for you: Many fitness studios are offering classes for streaming, and there are an abundant of programs and apps online that offer free introductory classes. The options may seem overwhelming, so start by searching for classes that you know you enjoy, whether that’s barre, yoga, or high intensity interval training.
- Find a routine: The current environment likely has impacted your usual daily routine. Find a time that consistently works for you to be able to have 20-30 minutes alone so you can focus on physical activity. This may involve coordinating with others in the house, so make sure to communicate your needs.
- Set realistic expectations: Life isn’t exactly “normal” right now, so give yourself some slack on the amount of exercise that is truly attainable in a week. Start with small goals, such as 20-30 minutes twice a week, and build from there. The physical and mental benefits of exercise will encourage you to build more into your routine.
- Get some equipment: There are many exercises that can be done using your own body weight, so equipment isn’t necessary. But there are some basic pieces that may be helpful as you build up your routine, such as a yoga mat, a set of hand weights (3 lbs to 10 lbs), jump rope or resistance bands.
- Set achievable goals: Set realistic goals each week and mark your progress in an app or calendar. This will help to hold yourself accountable and allow you to reflect back on how much stronger you’ve become over time.
Have you been implementing an exercise routine but feel that you are still gaining weight? Our registered dietitian, Claire Allen, may be able to provide insight on what food choices are sabotaging your work out efforts. We are currently offering exclusive telehealth visits. Call us at 224-407-4400 or contact us at www.compgihealth.com if you are interested in a consult with either of our clinicians. #exercise #weightloss #athomeworkouts