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How to Stay Active at Home

How to Stay Active at Home

No gym? No problem! You don't need a monthly membership or even personal fitness equipment to workout. Keeping your heart, lungs, and muscles healthy by staying active is important, and fortunately, you don't even need a lot of space to do so! See below for a list of ways you can #stayactive, even in a small space, or in the corner of a room!

Stretch 

The simple act of stretching your muscles increases circulation and flexibility. Stretching daily can improve your performance in physical activities, decrease your risk of injuries, and over time help your joints move through their full range of motion.

Tip: Try holding stretches for at least 20 seconds and repeat several times a day. 

Practice Yoga or Pilates 

Grab a mat and learn to breathe! Yoga is proven to relax the mind while building strength, stability, and balance. Breathwork used in yoga and pilates helps energize and connect you to the movement of your body, while strength-building poses work your flexibility.

Tip: If new to yoga or pilates, try a friendly intro class. Many are available for free online.

Lift Weights 

Strength building not only builds muscle but can surprisingly provide a cardio workout as your body works to pump blood and keep your muscles well circulated. You can use the weight of your own body in weight exercises (i.e. pushups, planks, or pull-ups) or purchase weights to include in your routine. You can start with 2 days a week and work your way up.

Tip: Aim for 15 reps and 3 sets of each exercise, or learn more here. 

Dance!

If you have the room, get up and move! Shake your booty while listening to your favorite tunes or maybe even put on an old 80's workout video for fun.

Fun Fact: Did you know that dancing builds bone density? The National Osteoporosis Foundation confirms that high-intensity exercises such as dancing can help form new bone tissue.

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