Home workouts are one of the only saviours we've got at the moment. Due to lock-down we're unable to leave the house, so it's become all too easy to pass hours sitting, sedentary, in one place. But structuring your routine to include one exercise session per day breaks the monotony, gets you moving, and is also beneficial for your mental health.
Make a plan and stick to it
Your usual routine has probably gone out the window as a result of lock-down; most people aren't working in their offices (or working at all), for those not working on the front-line, have become a blur of Netflix/ stare out the window / eat / repeat. But that doesn't mean you can't make a new routine, based around the limited confinements of your home. Once you've planned your schedule, make sure you mark it out on your calendar,
Dedicate a 'workout spot' in your home
We don't all live in houses that have enough space for a fully-equipped home gym, but that doesn't mean you can't allocate a small space as your workout area - even if it's temporary and you 'dismantle' it after every session.
There's no need to equipment
Get get creative with what you've got, there are so many household items that are easy substitutes such as full water bottles or canned food as a replacement for dumbbells, or using a chair as a replacement for a bench or box.
Find a workout buddy to hold you accountable
If you're planning exercise in but just aren't sticking to it, enlist the help of a friend - either someone within your household or outside it. "Whilst staying at home, finding a virtual workout buddy is a fun way to stay motivated, accountable and socially connected,"
Eliminate distractions to get in the zone
Removing all distractions before you start your workout so you can focus 100% on your exercise routine. Turn off the TV, put your phone on silent, turn off phone notifications and put on your favourite music playlist to really get you in the zone."
Don't forget to stretch
Warming up before a workout and stretching afterwards is probably a regular part of your gym routine. So why should it be any different at home? Stretching is so important for your muscles, dedicate 10 minutes before and after your workouts to stretching out your muscles to keep them strong and flexible.
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