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How to Develop an Indoor Exercise Routine

  • May 25, 2020
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For those of us used to walking regularly for good health, the COVID-19 lockdown with restrictions to stay indoors could prove tedious and uninteresting. But there is a saying that goes: ‘Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince’. Exploring new options to stay fit while indoors could be promising in these times.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga thus tones the body, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and heart rate. Yoga can be performed from the comforts of your home and is generally considered safe for most healthy people. ‘Surya Namaskar’, combines 12 different postures and when performed at a fast pace, it acts as an excellent cardiovascular workout and aids in weight loss. Note that pregnant women or people with specific health conditions may require a trained instructor.

With internet access, you have an entire world of free online workouts, requiring just a small amount of space. Imagine your home as a mini-gym! With only a yoga mat one can perform abdominal and core exercises like push-ups and plank. With stairs, you may perform step-ups. You may use bags to weight-lift and improve muscle strength. Skipping with a rope is a fantastic indoor cardio exercise.

One can even enjoy indoor games like table tennis (with a stet-up), include hula hooping, that adds a fun factor to your fitness routine, or do spot jogging if you are missing out on your running sessions.

Dancing is also an excellent way to fitness. You may adopt any style of dancing that you are comfortable with. Dancing tones your body and delays the onset of dementia. 

So let’s dodge excuses and begin our new ‘lockdown fitness resolution’!

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Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

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