If you’re stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic you’re likely looking for ways you can keep up with your workouts. Gyms all over the country are closed, and even if they are open, you may not feel comfortable going back at this point in time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can work out in the comfort of your own home and you typically don’t even need equipment to do so! Here are a few great and easy exercises you can while you’re stuck at home.
Cardio is always easy to do from the comfort of your home. Running is a great way to stay fit, and if you have a treadmill in your house you can use that. If it’s nice out, most locations allow residents to go outside for exercise so that’s an option as well. If you aren’t a fan of running, another great option is jumping jacks. Jumping jacks are great for getting your heart rate up and are easy to do as well. Make sure your hands are raised over your head for every rep and keep it going for at least a minute.
A lot of lower body workouts are simple to do at home or outside, and many don’t require equipment but can still get a benefit from using it. One of the most basic workouts would be squats. You’ll want to do two sets of 10, and if you have kids you can try putting one of them on your back while you do them to increase intensity. Another popular lower body exercise would be lunges. You start with your feet parallel, and then take a large step forward with one of your legs. Make sure you land with your knee bent over your toes, and then allow your back knee to drop down toward the floor while swinging your opposite arm forward for balance. After this you’ll return to standing and do the other leg.
Many upper body workouts require using some sort of equipment, such as deadlifts. Luckily, there are a few that don’t require any equipment, and if they do you can likely use something that is found in your home. The most common upper body workout would be push-ups. These can be tough for a lot of people, but there are plenty of ways you can adjust them for your skill level and still get the workout you want. You can also try doing chair dips, which involve holding the front edge of a seat while your butt is suspended in front of the seat and your arms support your weight. You then simply dip your body, and you’re doing chair dips!