If you’re looking for some at home fitness tips to help stay active during this crazy quarantine we’re in the middle of, you’ve come to the right place! First things first, quarantine or not, you do NOT need a gym membership or any type of expensive gym equipment to be able to knock out an effective workout! You also don’t need to spend money on tons of programs or shakes to stay healthy. Instead, you can follow these pretty basic fitness tips below. You might even find them to be so helpful that they stick with you long after this quarantine ends.
10 At Home Fitness Tips for Quarantine
1. Incorporate bodyweight training at home
Bodyweight training is a very effective form of exercising. And one of the best parts is you can do it anywhere, any time. When it comes to bodyweight movements think of things like:
- Static lunges
- Side lunges
- Jumping Jacks
- Pushups (incline with your hands against a countertop or decline where your feet are higher than your hand placement)
- Knee tucks (a high jump where you pull your knees toward your chest as you jump into the air)
- Frog Pumps
- Glute Bridges
- Hip Thrusts
- Wall sits
For the sake of just moving, you can choose a couple of movements from the list and perform them throughout the day. If you’re looking for a more structured routine to add to your day, I’d aim to do an upper, lower and core movement for a few sets.
2. Stay hydrated
Staying on top of your body’s hydration needs during this time is also just as important! Make sure you’re drinking enough water or liquids throughout the day to replenish your body’s fluid intake needs (even more so if you are working out).
Other things to think about are if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding — you definitely don’t want to skimp on consuming enough liquids!
If you’re worried about not having enough water due to all the weird shopping shortages, try ordering a BRITA water filter system. I personally have one of those and it makes consuming water 10x easier (not to mention not having to worry about the bottled water shortages).
3. Remember not to eat all your quarantine snacks
Most of us are probably stocking up on non-perishable, snackable items just in case we need them. So, it’s totally okay to break into them and have some snacks, but do your best to refrain from consuming them all in one sitting. Obsessively snacking during this stressful time can be hard to avoid. But do your best to separate your meals throughout the day so that you aren’t becoming overly hungry at any given point and time.
4. Learn how to exercise with a toddler at home
If you have a toddler at home, let me just say, I understand. The struggle is real! If you’re lucky, they may be interested in your workout that they begin to do it with you. If not, they may be climbing, crying, jumping, and making it very hard for you to get any kind of workout done. So, encourage independent play for them while you workout. Remember, you can have a great workout in as little as 30 minutes. Set up a designated play spot for your little one with a variety of toys for them to explore while you, mama, get that fitness in!
5. Embrace those home-cooked meals
Although it’s probably more time consuming, you now have the control to cook delicious healthy meals every day for yourself and your family. Get everyone on board with enjoying some healthy dishes and eventually, it may become a staple in your day-to-day routine.
6. Workout with a friend (virtually)
Not one to workout solo? No problem! Hop on FaceTime, call up your best friends and make your workout a group effort. You can pick a program to do together such as something off of YouTube or a fitness app. Or you can all do your own routines while being able to converse with one another. Talk about the ultimate social distancing workout!
7. Try some relaxing yoga
During highly stressful times, picking up some yoga could be a great way to not only stay active but also to relieve some unwanted stress. YouTube has a ton of free yoga videos that I personally enjoy using — they have different yoga workouts for all levels making them very convenient!
8. Set up a mini home gym
If you happen to have some resistance bands, yoga blocks, dumbbells or any kind of minimal fitness equipment laying around, make yourself a designated area in your home to be your home gym.
Don’t have any equipment? No worries! You can still use household items such as a gallon of milk, laundry detergent containers, rice bags, etc. in place of dumbbells.
9. Keep moving
Try to make a conscious effort to sit less and move more during this time. You can even incorporate fun little ways to stay active. Such as if you have an item in the microwave, perform jumping jacks until it’s finished. Or if a show goes on commercial, begin doing squats until the show is back on. Little things like that can add up to make a big difference!
10. Have a dance party!
This one is especially fun if you have little ones around! Put on a fun playlist, grab your little ones, and begin to get your groove on. It’s actually something I’ve started doing twice a day with my son. Not only does he get a kick out of jumping and wiggling around, but it keeps this pregnant mama moving and active without being too much to handle.
If you’ve been struggling to stay fit during this stay at home period, try out one of these at home fitness tips from this list and let us know how it goes!