Design a Winning Indoor Workout

by Delilah Newton | Jun 30, 2020

If you can't get to the gym, you can still enjoy a healthy exercise routine. Bring your routine inside your home.

Indoor Aerobic Activities
Aerobic exercise helps your heart and lungs. Do moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes every week — 30 minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. Here are some ways to do aerobic activity inside:

  • Follow along with an exercise DVD or online video.
  • Dance to upbeat music.
  • Go up and down the stairs.
  • Speed up your vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, and kitchen cleaning.

Strengthen Your Routine
Strength training helps your bones and muscles. Do strength-training exercises at least two days a week. You can bring strength training indoors, too:Man doing pushups

  • Begin with soup cans or light dumbbells. Start with weights you can lift eight to 12 times in a row. When you can do more than 12 reps, move up to a slightly heavier weight.
  • Do push-ups.
  • Try pulling on resistance bands.

Don’t Forget to Stretch
Stretching keeps your muscles flexible and helps prevent injuries. Stretch after you do your regularly scheduled strength and aerobic activities. Here’s how to do it inside:

  • Learn yoga or tai chi from a video or online instruction.Image of adult and child stretching
  • Lift your arms toward the ceiling and stretch. You can find other good stretches online.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds and repeat every stretch three to five times.

Download and Move
Use a fitness app to keep you active and inspired. Check out our blog post “There’s a Health App for That: Fitness.”

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