Gyms Are Closed — What Do We Do Now? 5 Tips for Getting Your Workout In Amid COVID-19

What’s harder than working from home? Working out from home. Here are a few tips to motivate you to get on the mat — but don’t forget to give yourself some grace too. We’re all doing the best we can.

Get up and go.

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Exercising in the morning is a great way to start your day, but it can be hard to hop out of your warm, cozy bed and onto a cold, hard mat. The good news is there are ways to set yourself up for success. Leave your phone on the other side of the room, so that when your alarm goes off, you have to stand up to turn it off. That’s step two. Step one is laying out your exercise clothes the night before, so you can get changed without having to think about it. Then grab a glass of water and go. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Visualize the Nike swoosh and Just Do It.

Keep it quick.

Sometimes an hour-long workout feels like a daunting task. In these unprecedented times, it’s okay for your workout routine to change. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 10 minutes before your next meeting? Do some squats or ab exercises. Anything to get your body in motion. Side note: pets do the darnedest things when you get up and move around. Physical activity and social media content? Talk about a win/win!

Focus on posture.

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Working from home probably means you’re spending a lot more time on the couch. Combat the slouch by developing a strong core, which includes your abs, obliques, upper back, lower back, hips, and even your glutes. Instead of focusing solely on six-pack abs, think about training your entire torso. Some of the best ab exercises don’t just target your rectus abdominis (which are the abs you can see); they also target your transverse abdominis, which is a layer of abdominal muscles deeper inside. For a mini ab workout, thrown down a one-minute plank. With your forearms on the ground, press your shoulder blades toward your tail, and look down at your fingertips. Then try these eleven ab workouts to strengthen your entire core and get your spine back in line.

Change it up.

If you’re used to doing cardio, buy a set of dumbbells to strength train at home. Perform supersets that alternate between working your upper body and your lower body. Throw in a few ab exercises. By making your workout more interesting and exciting, you’re more likely to get on the mat and do it. If you’re used to lifting weights, buy a swiss ball. Moves that use a swiss ball help stabilize your core and get those abs on fire. But wait, there’s more! While you work, you can sit on the ball to improve your posture. Just don’t have too much fun bouncing on the ball during your next Zoom meeting.

Figure out what gives you energy.

Sure, a big cup of coffee will give you a boost. So will a pre-workout beverage. But your diet also has a huge effect on your energy throughout the day. No need to count a single calorie; eat what makes your body feel good. Actually, eat what makes your body feel amazing. You only get one body, so give it the royal treatment. Beyond nutrition, a couple more ways to get a boost before a workout is creating a playlist that you love, watching a TV show that motivates you, or connecting to your “why.” If you want more energy, go out there and get it. It’s yours for the taking.

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