Making moves seems especially beneficial now more than ever, as we spend more time at home, socially isolating, and glued to the news. Exercise is well known for its mood-boosting abilities and many of us could use a lift.
Below are 10 tips to help keep active and boost your mood while social distancing and/or working from home.
No matter what activity you choose, it’ll take energy and work to stay active and keep motivated. Choosing activities that you like doing and are fun will make this easier.
1. STRETCH IT OUT:
Enjoy a long walk with family! Going on a brisk walk is a great way to start the day and set the tone for a healthy week.
2. GET OUT AND RUN:
If you need motivation, plug-in your headphones to listen to the perfect workout playlist or your favourite podcast. I am loving “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin. Which seems fitting during this uncertain a socially isolating time.
3. GIVE YOURSELF 30:
One of the best goals you can set early on is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3-5 days a week. Decide ahead of time if you want to work out before or after work. Then pick your exercise of choice. If you’re not sure, find a Youtube fitness channel and choose options that target different muscle groups. You can cycle through these to add variety and keep things interesting.
4. GET HIIT TO GET FIT:
If you’re already active and trying to step it up a notch, find a High-Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) workout. They’re short, very intense, and burn a ton of calories.
5. RUNNING INTERVALS:
During your run, try to incorporate intervals. Run at a fast pace or sprint for about two minutes, then slowly jog or walk for three. Repeat four times for a least 20 minutes. Finish with a five-minute cool-down walk.
6. BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT:
It’s important to take time to properly stretch—and a great way to do that is with yoga. You can find tons of yoga professionals on YouTube until you find one you like. I really enjoy Yoga with Adriene.
7. PLUG-IN SOME MOTIVATION:
Download your favourite fitness app and get some professional guidance on your workout. The Nike+ Training Club gives you motivation from top athletes. Strava’s social network lets you cheer on (and compete with) friends, and Fitocracy turns getting fit into a game
8. SWEAT THE BREAKS:
Binge-watching Netflix?? No need to chill. Grab your yoga mat and sit on the floor. Switch between crunches, planks, low-ab curls, and wall sits.
9. GET OUT AND PLAY:
Organize a sports game with your isolation cell (the people you live with). This a great way to burn calories while having fun and getting outdoors.
10. COSMIC KIDS YOGA:
Working from home got you stressed? Take a break from the computer and try some Cosmic Kids’ Yoga with your littles. I was surprised how much we both enjoyed it…. for different reasons 😉 but enjoyed, nonetheless.
Our bodies were designed to move. And that doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. You don’t need to lift heavy weights as simple, natural movement can be even more impactful.
If you’re not into running, walking, or working out from home are great alternatives. Don’t have the equipment, no problem; household items also make perfectly adequate workout gear. Yoga doesn’t require a yoga mat or fancy leggings. Towels make good resistance bands. Those emergency soup cans you stockpiled, perfect for bicep curls.
I think we can agree that we could all benefit from a little mood-boosting movement now more than ever.
Stay Safe & Healthy
Contributing Author Company Profile:
Venus Fitness and Lifestyle is a health and wellness company based out of Richmond, B.C. that offers Personal Training, Group Fitness, and Corporate Fitness services throughout the community. In addition to health and wellness services, Venus Fitness is also a 2018 #WMTop30 blog, focused around balancing Fitness, Family, and Fun. Venus Fitness’s mission is to encourage and support a healthy balanced lifestyle. Fitness is the seed from which a healthy lifestyle grows. However without dedication, hard work, perseverance, and healthy choices both nutritionally, mentally and socially this can be hard to maintain… that is where Family and Fun come in.
Shannon Sawicki founded the company in 2007 with the support of The Great Little Box Company’s very own CEO, and award-winning entrepreneur, Robert Meggy. Shannon has been able to grow her services and digital offerings creating an impressive health and lifestyle platform. Shannon’s commitment and enthusiasm to healthy living, coupled with her devotion to family is what drives Venus Fitness making her a hardworking fitness leader, inspiring health and lifestyle advocate and the GLBC resident fitness guru.
To learn more about Venus Fitness and Lifestyle or to connect please visit www.venusfitness.ca or join the social media community here: