Five Tips to Help You Exercise at Home

 

With much of our day-to-day activity happening at home, and the launch of our new Virtual YMCA, we at the YMCA of Greater Rochester thought it would be helpful to share some tips that can make exercising at home work for you.

Here are five things to keep in mind:

  1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CLEAR, DESIGNATED SPACE
    Exercising in your home doesn’t mean you need to have your own home gym. Simply make sure you have enough space for your workout by moving furniture, rugs or any other slipping or tripping hazards.
  2. DON’T FORGET TO WARM UP AND STAY HYDRATED
    Stretching before and after your workout is important, but it’s something that a lot of us tend to forget. A simple warmup, like jumping jacks, can get your blood pumping and loosen you up. Equally as important is staying hydrated both throughout your exercise session, as well as after your workout to help promote muscle recovery.
  3. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
    We can get distracted easily by all that is around – especially when we live, work and play all in the same space. Making sure you are able to focus on your workout, even if just for 15 minutes, can help you get the most out of your workout or class.
  4. KNOW EQUIPMENT NEEDED AND WHAT IT CAN BE REPLACED WITH
    Make sure you have what you need at the start of your exercise or class. If you’re taking a class on the Virtual YMCA, equipment will be listed below the video. We have many classes and exercises that can be done with body weight only (no equipment). If you’re looking to use equipment, but do not have hand weights and barbells, soup cans and water jugs and brooms, respectively, make great replacements.
  5. MAKE IT PART OF YOUR ROUTINE
    Come up with a schedule that works with you. If you can commit to two days, that’s great! However many days you are able to do, make sure it’s something attainable for you to stick to. Set reminders in your phone (or use the calendar tool to add it to your planners on our Virtual YMCA) to help you keep the schedule.