If you’re like us, “get up and move” might not be the advice that you want to hear in 2020, when the other advice we’re getting is “stay at home”. It’s been hard this year to get much of the exercise we may be used to, especially for those of us who like being outdoors or in a gym. This change in your habits might have made you less active than usual–it might have also affected your energy levels and motivation. It’s important not to overlook the effects of the pandemic on our mental health, and many of us are feeling it. But this is precisely why it’s so important that we make movement an important part of our daily lives. Even if you feel like your “get up and go” got up and went, we promise you’ll get it back–and taking care of your bodies is how we get there.
Health and fitness is so much more than how we look, what we eat, or how much we weigh; making it a lifestyle helps us to create behaviours and practices that enhance all areas of our lives. From having a routine, which teaches us discipline and gives us structure (something many of us are missing in 2020), to learning about our bodies and improving our overall health (also important in a pandemic!), prioritizing our physical wellbeing means we will show up as our best selves in every area of our lives.
When you make fitness part of your routine at home, you might start to notice how much better you feel on the days you work out and miss it on the days you don’t. Gradually easing health and fitness into your lifestyle is the best way to notice its benefits and get used to it. Don’t be put off by thinking you have to start making time for one-hour daily workouts that will kick your butt–making adjustments to your routine by fitting in ten minutes here and there throughout the day will already make a big difference.
To help you on your way, we created these home workouts.
These three, seven-minute videos are short workouts that target 1)Your full-body, 2) Mobility and flexibility and 3) Stomach, thighs and bum.
They’re all bodyweight workouts, so you don’t need any equipment–and less than ten minutes out of your day!
Share your workouts with us on Instagram! Tag us @fitvia and use the hashtag #getfitvia [or any other hashtag you already have].