The lockdown has resulted in frustration in more than one quarter. The comfortable routine that was once part of our everyday life has all but faded into oblivion. Left to our own devices, with an unimaginable amount of time at our hands, there is much we can do to work on ourselves and our wellbeing.
On that note, If you’ve been wanting to get a workout routine started but never found the right time for it, this is your fortuity! And if you’re a fitness enthusiast who’s exercise regime was rudely interrupted by the lockdown, thereby curbing your regular visits to the gym - we have some tips that are bound to help you.
Workout Routines for Beginners
If you’re a novice who’s just been introduced to the idea of working out at home, we’ve got just the thing for you.
Stretches - Before you begin, do a few simple stretching exercises and warm up your body. A series of breathing exercises will also do you a world of good.
Walking and Yoga - Start by walking to and fro, briskly for about a minute. You will then have enough energy to assume some simple yoga poses. The enormous benefits of Yoga are enough motivation to get you started - Increased flexibility, toning and strengthening of muscles, improved energy and respiration, and the list goes on. Here are a few yoga poses to start you off.
1. Raised Arms Pose - The Urdhva Hastansana is a basic Yoga pose wherein you lift your arms up and above your head while breathing in.
2. Standing Forward Bend - This yoga position involves stretching and bending forward while breathing out. Make sure you bend over your legs in order to release your spine.
3. Seated Forward Bend - This yoga pose involves bringing your torso over your legs in a forward bend while breathing out.
Cardio Workouts - Now that you’ve gone over simple exercise routines, you’re sufficiently charged to do a series of cardio-related workouts. With these exercises, not only will you be building muscles, but you will also be burning calories as well.
1. Jump rope - One of the easiest and result-yielding cardio routines is skipping rope. All you need is a decent pair of sports shoes, and you’re all set. 20 minutes of skipping a day is sure to burn at least 220 calories.
2. Jumping Jacks - Jump to a position wherein your legs are spread wide, soon after which you bring your hands over your head. Do this repeatedly, at a fast and steady pace.
3. Kickboxing - The workout includes a simple mix of punching and kicking.
Home Workout Routines Ideal for Fitness Enthusiasts
For all the gym aficionados who can’t sit idle until they’ve been handed a set of gym equipment, here are a few things you can do at home without worrying about acquiring workout gear.
Pilates - Pilates is a great way to start your ab workout, improve your flexibility, posture, strength, and balance. Not to mention the fact that you don’t need machines to do this. Here is a couple of Pilates to start off with:
1. Roll-up Pilates - Begin with lying face up with your arms extended upwards. Breathe out and roll-up to a sitting position while ensuring that your arms move towards your feet.
2. Single-Leg Stretch Pilate - Lie down with your face up and bring your knees towards your chest. Ensure that your shins are parallel to the ground while stretching it back and forth.
Plank - The standard plank goes a long way in strengthening your core and increasing muscle definition. Lie with your face down, place your palm flat on the floor while bending your elbows, ensuring that your legs are extended. Make sure your feet are wide apart, and your toes tucked in so that you can lift your body off the ground easily. Try and hold this plank position for 30 to 60 seconds.
Squats - Squats are a great way to strengthen your thighs and glutes. To begin, keep your feet aligned with your shoulders such that your heels are directly underneath them. Your face should look straight ahead, all the while ensuring that your form is correct. Next, you need to sit back without bending your knees.
HIIT and Resistance Training - For all those keen to take their workout routine to the next level, High-Intensity Interval Training Resistance Training is a good place to start. The upside to these rigorous workout routines is the fact that you don’t need fancy equipment to complete the exercises.
All in all, no matter which stage of workout you are in at the moment, you’d be glad to know that once you inculcate these routines into your daily life, it is going to do you a world of good. Not only will it keep your body toned and fit, but it will also improve your mental health significantly.