During these times of uncertainty, it can be difficult to get motivated in your own home. For some of us, all we want to do is sit on the couch with a pack of Cheetos and watch Tiger King. While that’s appealing, studies prove that eating healthy and getting active improves our mental health. Instead of getting chips and dip in your next instacart order, sub for veggies and hummus. Adding healthier alternatives gradually can help you curb those sweet cravings and make you want healthier alternatives more. Now it’s onto the real challenge: getting active. We know it’s hard to want to get active since you can’t go to your local gym in Naperville. The good news is, there are lots of at-home workout alternatives available. Below you’ll find a list of our top 4 at-home workouts.
Full-Body Cardio Workout
If you are an experienced exerciser, this workout will help you shake off that quarantine slump. Get going and get cranking at this super intense cardio workout. You’ll definitely work up a sweat while working out. Turn up some tunes in the background by looking up your favorite workout playlist in Spotify. Remember to drink water especially during this workout to keep you fueled and hydrated.
Beginner at Home Workout
For anyone who’s using the time at home to start getting into a workout routine, this is a great one to use. With no equipment required, you can do this workout in your living room. These workouts are only 15 minutes or less so you can easily work it into your daily routine. There are about 3 workouts each week so you have time to rest and recover before you do your next session.
25 Minute Fun Workout for Kids
It’s not just you that should exercise, have your kids join in too! The days are long and the kids have more energy than you know what to do with. Get them off of the video games, TVs, and other electronic devices and get them into a fun workout to help get those wiggles out. They’ll move their bodies, use up energy, and have a great time doing it because it is game-based. Challenge the kids to complete one a day and you may even find yourself with some kid-free time while they do the workout.
If you want to get some fresh air and still be active, there are still places to go to. And in fact, fresh air and exercise are encouraged at this time. When you go out, wash your hands before you leave the house. Wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer so you are protecting yourself and others. When you return home, wash your hands once more. If you’d like to limit your contact with others, choose off-peak times to visit the parks. And if you do go when other people are around, make sure to stay at least 6 feet apart at all times.
Take a brisk walk around Riverwalk Park near Ashwood Park. Soak in the sun and take in the beauty of the water If you get there a little early, pick a spot and do some outdoor yoga
Yoga is a great way to relieve the stress that you may be experiencing during the pandemic.
Country Lakes Park
Take the kids out with you and stroll around Country Lakes Park. Bring a tumbler of coffee for yourself and a juice box for your kids and take a morning walk before you are bogged down by Zoom meetings. It’s a great way to start the day with some fresh air. It will also sustain your kid’s energy throughout the day so they don’t have an energy rush midday when you are still in meetings.
DuPage River Park
DuPage is another great park near Hidden Creek. Enjoy a brisk run in the morning surrounded by the beautiful trees and nature that this park has to offer. Make it a tradition and go every Friday morning to kick start an active, healthy weekend.
As always, it’s important to make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day, so make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your home workouts! Make sure to follow the Naperville Coronavirus guidelines with social distancing and check CDC guidelines. Share with us how you are staying active while being socially distant and staying home. Tag us in your videos! We want to stay active with you!