Posted on Jul 06, 2022, 4 a.m.
Throughout the pandemic, many of us turned to home exercise in order to stay in shape and boost our mood when we couldn’t get out to the gym. Now, many things have changed, but virtual exercise still remains a great choice for people who prefer the freedom of working out at home or don’t have the money to spend on expensive memberships.
If virtual exercise sounds good to you, but you’re struggling to get moving, take a look at these three top tips to help you get started at home.
Get your space ready
Having the tools around you that you need to have a successful workout will help you stay focused, rather than having to run around collecting equipment. This doesn’t mean that you need to have a full set of weights to hand, but clearing a space so that you can roll out a yoga mat can go a long way to helping you get moving.
If you have the space to leave your kit out, you might find it motivating to set out your equipment ready for your workout time, especially if you’re trying to fit one in the early morning. Rolling out of bed into the exercise clothes you’ve laid out and then going into your routine can help you automatically get into the right mindset. Research shows that it takes between 21 to 30 days to form a habit – so if you keep getting up and going each morning, after a while, it will become automatic.
Find something you enjoy
Whatever your reason is for exercising, choosing something fun will help stop it from becoming a chore. Of course, you won’t love it every day, and that doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, but having fun can help you to dig deeper and achieve your goals. Some people also find that choosing an exercise routine that really takes all their attention stops them from becoming bored, and acts as a kind of meditation.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to virtual exercise these days – from pre-recorded classes, to live classes that allow you to speak to the instructor and see your fellow classmates all doing the moves at the same time. If you really want to try something new and have the budget, then a Virtual Reality (VR) headset is the newest trend in the exercise community. They’re not cheap, but they can provide an immersive experience that gamifies exercise, so can be very beneficial for people who struggle to keep focus.
Consider teaming up
If you need the motivation of having people around you as you do in the gym, why not see if a friend or family member wants to take part in a class with you? Whilst you’ll both be logging on virtually, being able to see someone you know might help you stick it out. Or, if you have the space, invite them over and complete an instructor-led class together.
Not only does teaming up keep you motivated, but it can also be helpful for making sure you turn up to the class regularly!
This article was supplied by Hannah Williams, digital content, media blogger, and health advocate
As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine.
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