3 Activities to Keep You Fit While Working From Home

No budget? No equipment? No problem! Here are three activities that work with what you have at home.

While keeping up your gym routine may be the last item on your (very long) list of concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s no question that sweating, even a little bit, is good for your health. Here, we’ve rounded up three activities for a great WFH (workout from home).

1. Take a dance break

Why it works: According to research, it constitutes a pleasure double play: Music stimulates the brain’s reward centres, while dancing activates sensory and motor circuits. Studies have also found that dancing reduces depression levels.

How to start: It’s as simple as grooving along to your favourite Beyoncé video or cueing up a playlist and going full Risky Business. (Keep in mind, these dance workouts are perfect if you hate exercising.)

2. Sneak in some strength training (no weights required)

Why it works: A study from the University of Georgia found that strength training twice a week has similar rates of anxiety remission to antidepressants.

How to start: If you don’t have dumbbells and kettlebells at home, you can use your body weight to strength-train – think classic moves like push-ups, planks, squats and wall sits. Or you can use improvised weights, like canned beans or your beloved cat, for added resistance.

3. Reclaim your kid’s skipping rope

Why it works:study from the University of Georgia found that just one hour of daily activity, like jumping rope, increases your heart rate, reduces depressive symptoms and increases self-esteem. What’s more, jumping rope is a serious calorie burner: Just 10 minutes can be the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile.

How to start: Get in touch with your inner middle schooler, set a timer and go. Or check out an online video of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) jump rope workouts.

Next, read up on the work-from-home rules everyone needs to follow.

Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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