5 Easy Ways to Stay Active at Home

5 Easy Ways to Stay Active at Home

When you’re stuck in the house — for whatever reason — it’s tempting to flop on the couch and binge-watch TV for a couple of hours (or more!) to avoid the fact that you’re stuck at home. But it’s vital to your physical and emotional health to stay active. Here are five fresh takes on how to stay active at home.

1. Set Small, Simple Goals

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple workout to help keep you healthy and happy. “Staying motivated can be tough, but I’ve learned a simple and effective concept: Action leads to motivation, not the other way around. Getting going is the hardest part, but once you do, the motivation will follow,” says Tara Van Dam, ERYT, mindfulness and meditation instructor, and owner of Woman getting dogs ready for a walk

2. Take Short Active Breaks

Taking short active breaks from your WFH routine can keep you motivated and refreshed. If you’re the type who sits down to work and forgets to get up and take breaks, set a recurring alarm on your phone or set your smartwatch to remind you. Here are some ideas for an active break:

  • take a walk around the block with your pet or on your own
  • play with your kids or pets for 15 minutes
  • complete a small, specific cleaning task that you keep meaning to do, like emptying the dishwasher or throwing away the trash. (Bonus: You get to check things off your “To Do” List at the same time!)

“It is not about getting an insane workout in every time I move; some days it’s simply about feeling alive through any kind of deliberate movement. I try to make it fun, too,” says Van Dam. “I have a set of free weights at home and will pull those out during a yoga flow, or even while I’m watching ‘MasterChef’.”

3. Meditate Daily

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4. Work(out) From Home (WFH)

If you’re committed to staying active at home, it helps to create a dedicated workout space. Conley transformed her garage into a home gym complete with weights, rubber mats, and mirrors. “For many clients, I find if they have an organized and dedicated workout space, they are less likely to be distracted during a workout and more likely to actually do a workout,” Conley says. The combination of Couple eating and laughing together

5. Maintain Healthy Relationships

OK, so this one isn’t exactly a physical activity, but it does take active work to make sure your relationships are healthy and fulfilling for you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, it can be easy to take your loved ones for granted, especially when you’re around them 24/7 and everyone is busy focusing on their own tasks and work. If you’re isolating with a significant other, consider making that person your accountability partner. “Accountability partners are so important. When you tell someone about a goal, you are already more likely to achieve it. But if someone is there to ask you about your progress and encourage you, that can be a game-changer,” says Conley. Especially during, but not limited to, a pandemic, “be the positive support and cheerleader for your partner,” suggests Van Dam. “Staying healthy and active is super hard. Why not help each other out with kind, uplifting words of encouragement?” Acts of kindness for others can increase your own happiness and can help maintain a positive and supportive environment for both of you. “I’ve been more open to playing video games because I know my husband enjoys that. He’s been more open to cooking meals with me because he knows I appreciate that,” says Conley. Staying active at home — outside of everyday chores and tasks — is new for many of us, but it doesn’t require a huge investment or elaborate planning. Small steps and a positive mindset will help get you to your goals.