Hacking together Home Workouts

Though many people generally exercise at home, we know that there are many others who have had to recreate their regular exercise habits during this time of sheltering in place. We polled Achievers, and 70% of Achievers who responded said they have been finding new ways to exercise or stay active during the coronavirus pandemic. We then asked Achievers to share some of their exercise tips, routines, and links to their favorite home workout videos and helpful stretches to inspire others.

Here are a few ways you can exercise at home:

  1. If you do not have a home gym set up or any weights, you can find ways to use household items to get a great exercise in.
  2. Similarly, instead of buying separate weights to create your own home gym, you can also purchase exercise video games for the whole family to join on the fun.
  3. Online videos and streaming sites like YouTube are common places that Achievers are getting exercise routines from. Here’s a list of fitness gyms and studios that are offering free classes.
  4. Fitness apps like Fitbit or MyFitnessPal also offer exercise tips for at home workouts and is also an easy way to keep track of your progress as well.
  5. Pinterest has been a popular site for inspiration and tips since Achievers are able to pin multiple resources to one place. Here’s an example of the many you can find.
  6. Zumba is an exercise-dance program that has been great to do in groups or by yourself. Here’s a resource to do Zumba at home.
  7. You can search social media platforms to find inspiring fitness instructors or live exercise sessions. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat are easy places to start!
  8. Create your own workout routine or do the alphabet challenge by doing bodyweight exercises that spell out your name. You can start out with your name, your pet’s name, or anyone else in your household!
  9. If you’re looking for other ways to get your cardio in, you can try jump rope exercises. It’s a simple, but effective way to increase your heart rate and work out multiple areas.
  10. Another helpful exercise is stretching your muscles, it’s a great way to start or end your exercise session.
  11. For Achievers who may have limited mobility or who have chronic pain, these exercises and stretches are a great way to keep your body moving.
  12. If you’re looking for other ways to improve your flexibility or range of motion, yoga and pilates can be a fun way to stretch your muscles. It’s great for anyone at any difficulty level!
  13. Other exercises like barre offer a mixture of isometric holds to increase strength and also improve posture. Barre also requires little to no equipment!
  14. Whether you own a regular bike or a stationary bike, biking is one exercise that is easy on the joints and helps reduce stress. Here’s a few tips on how to make biking more fun.
  15. Practicing tai chi and breathing exercises offers many benefits for both your mental and physical health. You can stream videos to follow along and do them on your own once you learn the motion.

Do you have other exercise tips or suggestions that are not on this list? Please let us know and share with your fellow community of Achievers!

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