I have talked about my guide to surviving this whole pandemic thing, but I have found that exercise is absolutely crucial. So I put together a small list of things you can do in the comfort of your own home that are great for your physical and mental health.
Or you can use the previous list where I talked about exercises for beginners.
This is basically an isometric exercise, but it’s absolutely amazing. I started doing a minute each day and I felt the difference after like a week. It tightens up almost every single one of your muscles and the best part is probably the fact that it strengthens your will.
Most people know how to do a plank, but for those of you that don’t:
Lay down flat on your stomach and raise yourself up just a little bit by supporting yourself with your forearm and toes. Keep your head down, don’t try to look up, because it will strain your neck. Simply hold the position and if you want to make it a little more difficult you can flex the muscles in your butt and stomach.
Start with 30 seconds, once that seems easy enough try to increase the time. Or if you feel confident try to hold it until you collapse.
I found this to be the one exercise I actually get excited for. I find something online – like a shuffle or simple footwork – and I try to learn it under an hour. It’s just a simple challenge that I set for myself, if you aren’t as much into dancing you don’t need to be so strict with yourself, obviously.
You have probably seen the videos where girls basically just jump in the same spot and it looks like they are walking to a very fast beat. Now those are excellent for cardio and I would like to encourage you all to at least try one out. They are just a little more difficult than they seem at first.
The best part about dancing as an exercise is that it improves your mental health so much more than regular exercises. It keeps you moving to a beat that you (supposedly) like and it shouldn’t feel like a chore to you. Only if you aren’t actually into dancing, in which case you are left with everything else on this list, unfortunately this is the only fun one.
Pretty similar to a plank in regards to how it works. Simple isometrics. But if you’re anything like me you will need to stretch afterwards, because this will absolutely murder your thighs. For me it takes 3-4 days to recover if I do 5 one minute long sets, because my leg muscles are awful.
Also, make sure that you hold the proper form. Have your knees at a 90 degree angle and your feet should be flat on the floor, while your back is completely against the wall. Try to act like you are sitting at an interview, trying to impress HR. Set a timer for 20 seconds first, see how you can handle it and go higher up if you can!
Once you feel like this is too easy try to hold up one of your legs while doing it. Switch it up and now you have an even longer workout.