Staying at home day after day can be tough – but keeping active doesn't have to be a chore. With a little creativity and planning, it can actually be a lot of fun! Rachel Leman shares her top 5 tips to help keep the whole family active at home.
Staying active at home doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little creativity and planning staying active at home can actually be a lot of fun.
The main thing to remember is that every little bit of exercise counts. Sometimes we can get held back by the feeling that we need an hour or so of exercise to make it “worthwhile”. The truth is, any exercise is good, and small amounts throughout the day all add up.
So don’t worry if you can’t carve out an hour session each day. Do what you can and do what makes you feel good.
TIP #1: Make a plan for the week
I find it always helps to start the week with a plan. We all know that sometimes life doesn’t go to plan and that’s completely OK, but you need to start somewhere. And a plan is just that – if things need to change it can be flexible.
A plan for the week gives you some structure. This will ensure that you are making the best use of your time. Sometimes if we are at home day after day it can start to feel a little like “groundhog” day. Putting some structure into your week will definitely help.
What will go in the plan? Take a few minutes to think about what you and your family enjoy. Add that stuff in, after all, if you enjoy it you are much more likely to do it! Don’t get over excited though – make sure your plan is realistic.
TIP#2: Start the day with exercise if you can
Starting your day with exercise, no matter what it is, is a great way to set yourself up for a wonderful day. Exercise is proven to increase endorphins and boost your mood and energy levels. Another reason to exercise in the morning is that nothing else can get in the way and once it’s done you can get on with your day having already accomplished something positive for yourself!
TIP#3: Mix it up!
Whilst structure is great, your body and mind also love change. Mixing up activities can keep you interested. There are many online programs currently available but be sure to choose one that is suitable to your current reality (pre/post natal, beginner or advanced). Personally I recommend LIVE VIRTUAL sessions where the trainer is online with you. This is beneficial for a number of reasons:
a) Your trainer can watch your technique and keep you safe;
b) You are accountable to actually show up and get your workout done;
c) They can provide live modifications should you need them;
d) You can ask questions if something doesn’t feel right for you.
Other options to help you mix it up are: walking, jogging, stretching, yoga, stairs, intervals, body weight and strength work.
TIP #4: Use your surroundings
Get creative! Have a look around your house or local area – do you have any stairs, hills, kids play equipment, bags of shopping, tins of food and/or driveways? If so, make use of them. Take the stairs wherever possible. Use safe, heavy items to build some resistance into your workout or add in some hill sprints!
TIP #5: Get everyone involved and make it fun!
Get the kids involved: dance, sing, play family tips, musical statues, have sack races. If you have older children with step-counting watches, set some daily targets and a score board. My kids love a family challenge – yours might too!!
Rachel Leman is the Owner/Operator of Miss Motivator in Port Macquarie, NSW. To find out more about her and get in touch, click here.
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