For a healthy lifestyle choice, which will you choose? Exercising or eating healthily?
Here’s the thing; it’s not a matter of choice, but balance. As important as it is to eat right, you also need to learn to stay active and increase your heartbeat for about 20-30 minutes daily for a healthy body and mind.
By now, you already know that exercise has both physical and psychological benefits, which makes it absolutely necessary for our well being.
“Oh! Well, I can’t seem to find any gym around me, so exercising, for me, is quite impossible or challenging.” In case you are saying that to yourself or everyone else around you as your perfect reason not to exercise, I’m sorry, but not sorry to break your heart; you don’t necessarily need a gym to exercise or stay fit, and yes, I’m about to help you out as I will be showing you 4 simple indoor exercises you should try out to stay fit and healthy.
Do you know that dancing is a whole-body workout and a 30-minute dance class can help you burn between 130-250 calories, just like jogging?
Dancing provides you with both aerobic (such as jumping and swaying) and anaerobic ( holding squat positions, balancing) movement, which is why it is called a full-body workout. It is good for your cardiovascular health as it increases your heartbeats, and makes you stronger.
So, to start with, you can create a playlist of some of your favourite pieces of music, get your gym wears ready, and start digging. You can also join a Zumba class or download any dance exercise video online.
2. Walking up and down the stairs
Walking up and down the stairs might not seem like much when you do it just once a day until you have to do it a couple of times for about 15-20 minutes nonstop, then you’d realize just how great the activity can be.
Climbing the stairs is like skipping a rope. It can help fight obesity and improve your cardiovascular health as well.
Warning; Please ensure that there is a sturdy handrail in place to prevent falling.
Yoga involves slow, steady movements that can improve your flexibility, muscle tone and improve your overall balance.
There are several yoga exercises out there. So, whether you’re a beginner or not; whether you only need gentle stretches or something a little more intense like a power yoga session, you’d most definitely find your fit.
Yoga is good for managing stress, improving strength, flexibility, helps you relax and improve your sleep, among many other things.
To start, all you need is are a pair of tights or leggings, fitted shirts and comfortable shoes.
4. Jumping jacks
Let’s go back to our primary school days when we used to do jumping jacks.
To do this exercise, start with your feet together and your hands by your side. Jump with your feet apart while simultaneously raising your hands above your head. Jump back to your starting position and repeat as many times as possible.
Jumping jacks are good for your heart because they get your heartbeat racing and your blood pumping. It also aids weight loss and reduces stress.
To make your exercises more effective, try HIIT
HIIT means High-Intensity Interval training. This exercise technique requires you to go super-hard and fast for a short period, then take a short break before moving to the next set of routine.
HIIT helps improve your metabolism rate, keeps it higher for longer. It also helps you burn a lot of calories within a short period, improves your oxygen consumption, and even help you lose weight if you’re looking to do so.
A good way to go about it is to check out some YouTube videos on HIIT routines. Find something that you think you can try out, and start exercising.
So, let’s get started. Which of the above indoor exercises are you eager to try out?