Whether you've been staying at home because of a shelter-in-place order or you're just practicing good social distancing, one thing that you shouldn't neglect is your fitness routine. Staying fit is more important now than ever. Study after study has shown that exercise produces endorphins, chemicals that basically act like painkillers in our bodies. Regular aerobic exercise also decreases tension, can elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep — probably things we can all benefit from right now.
So when gyms and yoga studios were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, many savvy trainers put their classes online not just to ensure their businesses had a chance of survival — but also to help their clients' stay fit.
But working out at home isn't a new phenomenon. There are plenty of tried-and-true exercise programs you can do from home, even if they have to be slightly tweaked. Melissa Feldman, M.S., a Sarasota, Florida-based yoga teacher, exercise physiologist and health coach says the first place to start is considering what you have access to. If you normally run but can't get outside, or you like to lift weights but don't have any of your own, don't let that stop you.
"Maybe it's a good opportunity to do something else that you might like," Feldman says. "It might be a really great time to try something new. Usually when you try something new, your body responds very positively." That's because you'd be using different muscle groups — or perhaps venturing into a mind-body activity — and those new exercises can have multiple benefits. Here are seven exercise programs you can easily do at home that will keep you moving.