4 Home Workouts to Get You Through the Holidays
With the cold weather setting in and the days getting shorter and shorter, it can feel harder than ever to summon up the motivation to continue working out. That’s especially true during the 2020 holiday season, when gyms are closed but cookies and a warm couch are only a few feet away.
Planning an achievable weekly workout schedule is the first step toward hitting your health goals. Promising yourself that you’ll exercise hard every single day is the quickest way to let yourself down. Here are four home workout ideas to keep you moving throughout the holiday season:
1. Online Classes with a Local Studio or Gym
The COVID-19 pandemic forced gyms and studios to close abruptly in March 2020, pushing many facilities to offer online classes for a reduced fee. These online classes are an excellent way to stay in shape during the holiday season while, also, supporting your local facilities. Forking over your hard-earned cash happens to be a great motivator and keeps you accountable. You’ll also have the added bonus of interacting with others on the same mission to stay active this season.
2. Virtual Challenges with Friends
If you’re looking to ease back into an exercise routine, a virtual sports challenge might be just the thing to get you back into the habit of moving your body daily. Why not use your PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch to play a popular dancing workout game, such as Just Dance 2021. Or dust off your old Wii to play some Wii Tennis with your family members.
Additionally, our dacadoo challenges are a great way to stay connected with your community. You can either browse through existing challenges (keep an eye out for upcoming winter challenges) or create one yourself and get your family and friends involved!
3. Bodyweight Workouts
Bodyweight workouts are a fantastic way to stay in shape at home. There are many bodyweight exercises out there to challenge people of all fitness levels. For example, you can take a simple activity like a lunge and change it up with a reverse, curtsy, or lateral lunge. Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to research and create a personalized workout routine that will keep you on track — no gym required!
4. Short on Time?
We’ve all been there: “I don’t have time to exercise!”
Well, the good news is every little bit counts.
As stated by the NHS, any activity is better than none. If all you have is 10 minutes here and there, why not check out these NHS 10-minute workouts you can do at home (with no special equipment!). Committing to doing these a few times a day –in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening for instance–, will easily put you within the weekly target of 150 – 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for adults, as recommended by the WHO.
And remember to track your exercise in your dacadoo app to see how your Health Score improves over time!
The long nights and freezing temperatures during winter are hard enough on your mental health, but with the pandemic ushering in a new level of isolation, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious. In clinical studies, exercising has been shown to positively impact mental health by reducing stress, enhancing mental alertness, and improving overall self-esteem. Find an accountability system, whether it’s a person, class, or your dacadoo app, and get moving!
Wishing you a safe and healthy Holiday Season,
The dacadoo team