COVID-19 has been a challenging time for
everyone, with social isolation and cabin fever experienced by many as an
indirect result of social distancing. Our homes have broadened their scope of
usefulness, transforming from simple abodes to office spaces, classrooms, and
domestic gymnasiums. While there are no trainers to motivate you and
procrastination is a very real threat, learning to workout at home is a great
way to build discipline and work off any extra weight gained from increased
food and alcohol intake during the pandemic.
Commercial gyms are used for many reasons,
from cardio routines to yoga, flexibility training, and muscle building. While
gym spaces allow you to access all sorts of fitness equipment in a single
location, there's a lot you can do at home on your own terms. Popular cardio
classes that use aerobic and dance routines can be easily performed in your
living room, and your partner or kids might even want to join the fun. Online
fitness classes have boomed during the pandemic, with YouTube, Zoom, and other
platforms offering access to a diverse community of fitness enthusiasts.
When it comes to yoga and flexibility
classes, the home environment is even more suitable. All you need is a yoga mat
in a quiet corner, along with some gentle music and a clear mind. Once again,
online classes can be a great resource for these routines, and once you've
completed a few, you should be able to internalise and combine multiple poses.
Flexibility is great in small doses, so touch your toes while making a cup of
tea or do a quick five minute routine while waiting for the dishwasher.
Strength training is probably the hardest
to perform at home, but it's still very possible. While you're unlike to have
access to every free weight size imaginable, even a single dumbbell or heavy household
item can be used to great effect. Instead of relying on large fitness machines,
you can move your body to access and isolate muscle groups. If you want to be a
purist, you can create perfect tone and build a lot of mass with bodyweight
resistance training alone.
By using simple movements such as pushing,
pulling, squatting, and bending, you can create the perfect body from the
comfort of your own home. From push-ups and pull-ups to sit-ups and squats,
classic bodyweight exercises are highly efficient and easy to do almost
anywhere. As commercial gyms reopen across Australia and New Zealand, they need
our business more than ever before. By combining the advantages of professional
equipment and experienced trainers with home-made discipline and traditional
exercise, you can emerge from the pandemic with a new approach to personal