During this period of uncertainty, when health is the utmost priority, and typical routines are disrupted, it takes creativity to maintain fitness goals. To help keep you moving while life has slowed down, Under Armour has rounded up some helpful tips and advice from their MyFitnessPal blog to add a little spice to at-home workout routines. All the exercises are available on Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app.
Make the most of your at-home workouts
For some of us, at-home workouts are not something we are accustomed to. But thanks to MyFitnessPal, we can make the most of our current situation and build habits we can easily follow for the long haul. Here are six tips for how to start working out at home.
Get your steps in without leaving the house
Many of us don’t necessarily have the time or the environment to get outside for a socially distant run or walk. You can still get a good workout from home by following four simple tips:
- Setting a step goal
- Using a step counter
- Moving as much as possible
- Adding bodyweight movements while walking in place
No equipment, no problem
With many gyms and fitness studios around the world forced to close their doors temporarily, at-home workouts have become our new norm. That means getting creative with commonly found household items in place of barbells, kettlebells, gliders, and resistance bands.
“Now isn’t the time to worry about the tools you don’t have; that creates a mindset that you can’t achieve the same workout that you would if you were in the gym. Instead, focus on what you’re trying to do and the items you do have to get it done.”
– Paul Winsper, VP of Athlete Performance at Under Armour
While the novelty of exercising in a new environment can be exciting at first—maybe even a fun challenge—home and outdoor workouts can quickly get stale. Here are eight tips to help you avoid workout boredom.
In unstable times like these, staying mindful and grounded in your breath is a crucial tool to mental—and physical—wellbeing. Research has found that how we breathe impacts how we feel. Learning how to control your breathing and practicing guided meditations, many of which are offered in MyFitnessPal, can help you tackle what’s ahead in the present moment.