5 Indoor Workout Routines

Gyms, leisure centres and indoor pools were reopened on Saturday 25th of July. However, this doesn’t mean that people have been able to just walk in and start working out. There are restrictions such as a limit on the amount of people inside at one time, equipment is kept two meters apart and some facilities have introduced appointment-only visits.

With all these restrictions, some people may feel more comfortable exercising at home for the time being, which is why we have put together a list of workouts you can do at home.

Yoga

Yoga has so many advantages as a form of exercise to practice at home:

  1. You don’t need much equipment, just a mat – and you can always use a towel if you’re a beginner who wants to see if they like it or not.
  2. There are lots of different styles depending on what you want to achieve. If you want to stick to gentle stretching you can try hatha or yin. If you want something more athletic, maybe choose vinyasa.
  3. There are lots of classes online, including for free on YouTube.
  4. Yoga can be a spiritual experience as well as a physical one that can help you relax after a stressful day or help you to centre yourself in the morning before studying.

Barre

This particular type of workout comes from ballet and is very good for strengthening your core and improving balance. It’s great to do at home because:

  1. You don’t need an actual barre – a dining chair or counter or anything else solid that you can hold onto for balance will do.
  2. It doesn’t require much space and most classes aren’t very long. With barre, a little goes a long way.
  3. You can substitute small weights for canned tomatoes or something similar – or do them without, it will still be a tough workout.
  4. There are free barre workouts on YouTube which you can find here.

HIIT

Standing for high intensity interval training, HIIT is made up of short, fast bursts of cardio, followed by small breaks. It’s great because:

  1. It’s a very quick and effective workout and is very good for building fitness and endurance.
  2. You don’t need equipment – most of the exercises are burpees, sit ups, press ups and other unassisted activities.
  3. It’s good fun to do with a friend or family member who can keep you motivated and give you a little bit of competition.
  4. Although there are HIIT workouts available for free on YouTube, you can easily put together your own program of 60 seconds of exercise, followed by a 30 second break, based on exercises you prefer.

Kickboxing

You may think you need either pads or something to kick or punch to do kickboxing, but there are ways to turn this into a home workout:

  1. You may not have heard of Tae Bo, but it combines the movements of boxing and taekwondo and, through repetition, turns them into a workout that is essentially cardio kickboxing.
  2. It is excellent for improving heart strength, balance and flexibility.
  3. No equipment necessary and it’s a fantastic way to vent any frustration that may have built up during the day.
  4. There are free Tae Bo workouts on YouTube.

Quick exercises 

Incorporating exercise into your day doesn’t have to mean putting on gym gear and watching a tutorial. It can be as simple as the following:

  1. Running up and down the stairs three times a day
  2. Doing tricep dips off the edge of the sofa while watching the TV
  3. A quick set of squats or lunges before bed
  4. Find a high surface and study standing up for an hour
  5. Do a plank while listening to your evening podcast

However you decide to exercise, it is an important part of your day and actually reduces stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood. And now you’ve read this, lockdown is no excuse!

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