We’re currently at home in self-quarantine due to the threat of COVID-19. But that isn’t an excuse not to be active. In fact, now is the best time to be physically active. Low levels of physical activity can have adverse effects in your body—and can also lead to stress and negative effects on your mental health. The World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week.
The reality is it can be hard to workout and exercise at home. With no exercise equipment and with limited space, staying active can be a challenge. But don’t let that stop you! Follow with these fitness tips you can do at home during the country’s Enhanced Community Quarantine:
1. Take fitness classes online
There are a lot of exercise and fitness classes online that can show you how to exercise within the comforts of your own home, no matter how big or small your available space. Check out the free Zumba or K-Pop online dance lessons on Youtube to make your fitness journey more fun and dynamic. There are also Facebook Live fitness classes, if you want to take something that feels more real-time and interactive. Of course, make sure not to overexert yourself; be aware of your physical limitations when exercising as to avoid injuries.
2. Walk around the house
Walking, even in small spaces or areas, is a great way to keep your body active, especially since it isn’t recommended to go out and exercise. You can also opt to walk in space for around 20 minutes. Depending on your pace, that’s around a little more than 2,000 steps! It’s ideal to stand up once in a while as well. For every 30 minutes of sitting down, stand up and move! The goal is to interrupt your sedentary time. Don’t just sit down all day long!
3. Eat healthy and stay hydrated
It can be very tempting to just lay around and eat junk food all day long. But resist that urge! If possible, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid food with high sugar, salt, and fat content. Stay hydrated, too—but avoid sugary drinks. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. As much as possible, stick to water—and lots of it!
These tips are just a few of the many ways on how to stay healthy in the comforts of your home. Follow these and feel the changes within.