Now is the time to get outside for exercise and start an at-home work-out routine. Here are some things to think about when getting started with at-home workouts during the social isolation.
Start where you are at. It doesn’t matter what you do, just start somewhere! Whether you have been exercising for years or have been chilling on the couch. Start where you are and put one foot in front of the other. Don’t think of how hard it will be to get where you want to go. That won’t help you now. Just start heading in the right direction. By doing your at home routine now, you will be ready to rock it out in the gym after the isolation period.
Where Do I Find Motivation?
Don’t rely on motivation. It only gets you so far. I guarantee there is going to be a day that you don’t want to work out and you if you rely on motivation then you won’t do it. If you are like me, there will be lots of days that you don’t want to work out. Be dedicated because that is the only way to accomplish anything. I’m trying to put the same principles I use for work, health and my priorities to practice for exercising.
There Are Times You Shouldn’t Exercise
Does exercise make you excessively tired? Is your body feeling worn out? Are you sick? Exercise is a stress on the body and if your immune system is fighting something serious, it doesn’t need the added stress. Adrenal fatigue or hormonal imbalance are reasons not to do intense exercise. If you have been experiencing symptoms of fatigue, hormonal imbalance or other signs of illness then you should talk with a proficient provider that can help you get to the bottom of it.
Like I said, exercise is a stress and there are times of the month where women can put more stress on their body and times they shouldn’t. Pay attention to your cycle and make sure your exercise routine lines up accordingly so your exercise routine doesn’t deplete your hormones.
There are Plenty of Exercises You Can Do Without Equipment
Don’t have exercise equipment? No problem. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home using the weight of your own body. Using your own body weight is a great place to start for beginners. You can vary intensity and time to adjust your work-out to your needs for those who are more experienced. Some exercises you can easily do at home that will help with fitness are burpees, lunges, squats, tri-cep dips from a chair, planks and mountain climbers.
Recently Dr. Nathan Thompson, Doctor and Owner of Exemplify Health Center – A Wellness Way Affiliate, shared a video series on exercises that are great for improving your fitness and function for The Wellness Way Challenge Group. Check out some great exercises and how to do them properly.