Tips to Start your Socially Distanced Workout at Home!
We’re very lucky that society has already set in place many options for us to work from home, due to our busy lifestyles. As Physiotherapists, as patients tell us they’re too busy to work out at the gym, or do a Pilates class, or join a rehabilitation class, we’re quick to offer an at home program that fits in with their lifestyle.
I never would’ve thought I’d be making programs for patients because their lifestyle is the complete flipside of that and they’re not too busy to get anywhere – it’s the opposite!
As people are now working from home, staying comfortable and casual is too easy when you aren’t physically attending work or an exercise class. It’s so important to keep looking after yourself, and try to stay active while working from home. We all know right now your health and wellbeing is a big priority. Exercise boosts your immunity and overall health, and hits you with the endorphins and feel good hormones to lower our levels of stress hormones, and this in turn supports your immune system.
You don’t need to invest in thousands of dollars of gym equipment like every Tom, Dick and Harry invading K-Mart right now. Starting a workout routine at home can actually be quite easy! It’s time efficient because you don’t have to go anywhere to do it, and you can wear your PJs if you like – I know I have been. The thing is… once you know this, home barriers reduce all the other barriers that actually stop you from exercising in a non-COVID-19 existent world. No time? No worries! No shoes? No worries. No pants? No worries again! Maybe wear some pants if you can though.
Schedule it in! Not only does this make you feel more productive, but try to find a time and day that’s dedicated to exercise. For example, your lunch break can be your workout break. Most importantly, workout when you know you will. Try to do it in the morning so you’re not putting it off all day.
Figure out what type of workout works for you. If you don’t know, one of our friendly physiotherapists will help you, or make one for you! There are so many choices of workout apps out there, and now’s the time we have the time to try….
Where are you going to do it? You actually only need a small space to work out, as long as you can safely jump, lie down and stretch out your arms and legs, you have enough room.
What equipment will you use? There are so many items around your house that you can use – you just haven’t thought of it. Canned food instead of dumb bells (and you’ve probably stocked up on a lot of these…), laundry baskets for dead lifts, your old uni textbook for a weight plate, and Tupperware lids or folded tea towels for sliders. Do what you can with what you have – not what you can’t do with what you don’t have.
You’re probably wondering, how can you avoid injury seeing as you’re not exercising with supervision? As physiotherapists, we recommend not to avoid repetition – too much of the same thing can put a lot of stress on the same tissues, and then leads to injury. The best thing you can do, is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Or listen to your physiotherapist… If you need any more tips to see how to avoid injury – we’ve written some blogs on this.
So, to sum it up, working out at home isn’t as hard as you think. But if it is hard, we can help you!