With the global pandemic, many of us have not been able to exercise as we are used to doing with gyms shutting down and more recently with the colder weather and less daylight hours. Consequently, this is impacting our health. I hear on the news alarming stories: that children aren't as active, the average person has gained something like 16 pounds because of less exercise and more comfort food, and not to mention the impact on our mental health with stress, anxiety and depression rates on the rise.
Just because the weather is colder, gyms are shut down or are operating at a limited capacity, it doesn’t mean that your exercise routine should come to a halt. Exercise has so many benefits, including: increasing energy, boosting immunity, improving mood by releasing endorphins, preventing chronic disease, increasing circulation, managing weight, and providing pain relief. The list goes on and on. We need to keep moving!
If you don’t know where to start when working out at home, there are many wonderful apps and online programs available, such as Pilates on Demand, Peloton, Crunch Fitness Canada Facebook page (check out my sister Vanessa’s awesome HIIT class!), and so on. Your local Gym may also provide virtual live workouts (thank you to Vita Fitness in Muskoka, Ontario for providing awesome virtual work outs!) My other sister, Krithia, has been doing weekly Zumba classes via Zoom as well and it has been FIRE! Lastly, be sure to check out our Nadora Instagram page for exercise examples and demonstrations!
Small space? No problem. You don’t need a lot of equipment to get a good workout! A chair, mat, bands, skipping ropes, and kettlebells are all great. You can get creative too: cleaning bottles, water jugs, soup cans, hockey bags and filled backpacks are all low cost items that can be transformed into your desired weight.
Bottom line: stay active friends in the comfort of your own home! :)
What has worked for you while you WorkOUT from home? We’d love to know more creative ways for exercising at home! Please comment below!
Registered Physiotherapist and Kinesiologist