If you’re stuck at home bummed because your local gym is closed, just know you’re not the only one. We recommend taking this opportunity to shift your perspective on how you work out. Change creates growth (if you allow it), and that applies to your muscles too! At-home workouts force you to do different exercises that you otherwise may never do, stimulating different muscles and body parts which can ultimately lead to better results over time. Have you ever heard someone talk about switching up their workouts to “shock their body”? Now is your chance to do this. Here are some tips to help make the most of your at-home workouts: Create a Designated Workout Space Creating a certain area in your home or garage for your workout will help clear your mind from distractions and take your workouts more seriously. Clear out a spot that is designated to your workouts only, nothing else. Bodyweight Exercises If you have equipment, great. However, it’s not necessary to get a killer workout every day. Some of the best (and most challenging) exercises are bodyweight movements. Try increasing your reps and go for the “burn”. This is a great way to condition your overall cardiovascular system as well as your muscles. Some of our go-to bodyweight exercises are: -Walking or Reverse Lunges -Squats -Push-ups -Burpees -Jump Squats and Jump Lunges -Single Leg Glute Bridge Get Outdoors Exercising outside has to be one of the best things you can do for yourself, not only physically but mentally as well. If you’re able to get outside and go for a 3-mile walk, a 20-minute jog, or find a bench to do some lunges on, do it! How often do we take for granted the beauty and peace that the outdoors brings us? If you’re not a runner, maybe you should consider giving it another shot. You don’t have to run a mile on the first day. Simply jogging short intervals everyday can greatly improve your performance and before you know it, running could be your next hobby. Use Apps or Social Media There are so many workout apps today (for example, FitPlan app is very popular right now) that provide at-home workouts with demonstrations. Not only that, social media is literally taken over with at home workouts right now. Fitness influencers and athletes everywhere are posting a different at-home workout every day. Here are just a few influencers actively posting at-home workouts on Instagram: @laurenlf @whitneyysimmons @briandecosta Set Goals and Track Your Progress Setting goals such as “I want to be able to do 15 full push-ups by next Friday”, and working on them each day is absolutely a great way to make improvements on your fitness journey. This not only goes for your fitness goals, but any personal goals you may have as well. Pick up a book and make a point to read 10 pages a day, minimum. Make a list of things you want to improve on, and each day devote some time to doing so. You will be amazed at how much progress you can make during this time. Who knows, this might be exactly what you need! No matter where you are, we're all in this together.
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