Simply because we are under lockdown rules does not mean that we have an excuse not to exercise or be out of shape. I did fall into that trap admittedly in the first week or so, especially given that I live in a small apartment, but then I had a chat with my friend and physician Dr. Matt Boente, who is a real fitness fan and who helped me out with some exercises which I could easily do in the house, without equipment, and ever since then I have made it a daily routine to start my day with some in-house exercises.
If you are feeling a bit sluggish or that you haven’t been exercising as well as you should, here are some tips on exercising in the house.
The system which I like to use for my workouts is called Tabata and it is basically an interval training method which really helps to burn the calories. This consists of 8 x 20 seconds workouts with a 10 second break in-between, you follow this up with a 30 second break and then get stuck into another set of 8. This is a great way to workout as it breaks up the time and keeps you motivated, as well as ensuing that your heart rate stays high.
In order to do some great b workouts you really don’t need any equipment at all, simply laying back is enough to get those abs burning. When you are on your back there are a number of workouts which you can do that will have a big impact on your abs. For example you can do sit ups, you can do sit ups with your knees towards your chest, you could also do something as simple as lifting your feet 6 inches off the ground and holding for as long as you can. There are plenty of options to keep your abs in shape.
You may think that cardio is something which you can do very easily in the home given the lack of space but there are a lot of on-the-spot exercises which you can do. For example you could do jumping Jacks, skipping, butt kicks and you could also sink down into a seated position whilst standing, and then punch in front at chest height alternating between left and right.
I didn’t think that I’d be able to get much strength work done in the house either but shared some great tips on doing just that. The basic idea is to look for a kettlebell workout which you can do, and use something which you have around the house as a weight. For example you could use a bottle of water, you could fill up a rucksack with bags of sugar or anything weighty that you have around the house such as books. Also look at body weight exercises like press-ups and planks to increase that core strength.