With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the nation, many businesses, including gyms, have temporarily closed down. For some people, their apartment complexes have gyms that have remained open but for most, they don’t have access to treadmills or other common exercise equipment. People who have decided to exercise at home risk injury by overexerting themselves. At Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab in Puyallup, our chiropractor has created a list of the best at-home exercises that you can do while the gyms are closed.
At Home Cardio
Cardio exercises are the easiest to try at home as they don’t require any large machinery. You can do jumping jacks a few times a day or try running in place. Performing lunges around your house or in the backyard is helpful not only with cardio but with stretching and strengthening your lower muscles as well. These cardio exercises can help you lose weight as well as help keep your cholesterol levels low.
Push-ups and Sit-ups
Another great at-home exercise is doing push-ups and sit-ups. Sit-ups strengthen the core muscles while push-ups strengthen the arm and upper body muscles. The benefits of sit-ups and push-ups include improved posture and better flexibility. These exercises can also reduce the risk of major back injuries.
You don’t need to have dumbbells or a bench-press to weight lift at home. Fill up gallon jugs with water and use them for bicep curls and lunges. For less than an hour a day, weight lifting workouts are powerful exercises that will leave you sore but stronger.
Yoga is not only a great at-home exercise but a great way to de-stress. Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility while also working out your calf, hamstring, and lower back muscles. There are also a host of yoga classes that you can sign up for online, many for free or a reduced price. If you can’t make it to a chiropractor, yoga has been proven to reduce the strain on your back and relieve pain.
Planking is great for working out your core muscles. Similar to a push-up, planking involves holding your weight in a push-up like position with most of the body’s weight being held up by your forearms and toes. Planking can be performed anywhere around your house as it is a stationary workout.
Try Your Own Exercises
These are just some of the many at-home exercises that you can try. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your exercises as long as you don’t put yourself at risk of injury. If you do get injured, call our chiropractic care experts at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab in Puyallup, WA, at (253) 445-0440.