Stuck-at-home doesn’t have to mean stuck on the couch. Your living room could be the perfect place to pull off a fun and challenging indoor workout!
When you’re feeling pent up and uninspired, beat cabin fever with one of these indoor activities.
Bodyweight workouts can improve strength and build muscle, without the need for extra equipment. You don’t need any special equipment for bodyweight training; workouts can range from simple exercises like pushups, burpees, mountain climbers and planks, to elaborate programs that fuse yoga, martial arts, and dance.
TRX suspension training originated from Navy Seals and offers a whole body workout. The TRX trainer, a webbing “rope”, uses your body weight to build muscle, burn fat, increase flexibility, and target your core. The TRX trainer is lightweight, portable, and can be anchored to a door in your home. TRX classes are also available at a growing number of gyms, you know, in case you ever feel like leaving your home.
When you have a case of the blahs, yoga can help re-center you and bring back a sense of peace and contentment. Yoga is never boring, and there are enough disciplines for you to try something new each day of the week. Power yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Iyengar, a restorative Yin class… each style of yoga offers its own unique benefits to body and spirit.
If you and your partner are tired of zoning out together in front of the TV, try a workout specifically designed for couples. Research shows that couples who work out together are more likely to stay motivated and consistent with their goals. Whether you’re spotting each other with free weights, signing up for a Zumba or dance class, unrolling yoga mats side by side, or just motivating each other through some serious cardio, scheduling a fitness date with your partner can enhance your relationship and your workout routine.
Cardio kickboxing offers a high intensity, total body workout that can tone muscles, improve strength, increase balance, and do wonders for your glutes. Warning: cardio kickboxing may lead to increased feelings of confidence, strength, and power!
When you are feeling pent up inside, there is no better way to beat cabin fever than to get playing. Set up a circuit for you and your kids and hula hoop, jump rope, and dance yourself silly! Playtime offers real adult benefits that include reduced stress, improved brain function, and increased creativity. It can also deepen personal bonds and improve intimacy. Even if you don’t have kids, set aside some playtime with yourself, your partner, or even your favorite pet.
Feeling stuck at home? Don’t use it as an excuse to become one with the sofa. You can get your heart rate up—and maybe even your waist size down—if you have some ingenuity and a willingness to play.