April 16, 2020

Eight ideas for staying active while at home

A banner showing a broom, feet going up stairs, and a jump rope and hand weights

By Robin Brooks

With so much going on in world right now, it’s tempting to hide under the covers with Netflix and a tub of Chunky Monkey. #beenthere But staying active will help you to concentrate on your schoolwork, improve your mood, and help you to stay fit and well. With that in mind, consider these ideas for at-home workout inspiration.

  1. Take a Rec virtual fitness or mindfulness class. They’re free, open to all, and you can even find them on our YouTube channel if you’re busy when they are live-streamed.
  2. Sign up for intramural offerings like our Self-Directed Duathlon.
  3. Run, walk, climb stairs, or bike outside in your neighborhood, aiming to keep six feet of distance between you and others. Try early morning or later in the evening to avoid crowds, and don’t forget to wear a mask.
  4. Try in-home exercises such as crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, skipping rope, lunges, or squats. Use food cans or water bottles for impromptu weight-lifting.
  5. Clean your space! All that scrubbing, mopping, and re-organizing will help build muscle tone and keep your home a healthy, safe, and enjoyable place to spend time in. 
  6. Find online fitness classes through The WholeU, UW Libraries, Seattle Public Libraries, or on YouTube.
  7. Work on your yard or garden, or ask a neighbor if you can help them with theirs.
  8. Dance it out in your bedroom to your favorite playlist!

Remember, this situation is only temporary, and your future self will thank you for the time you’re taking now to stay active. Oh, and a little Chunky Monkey couldn’t hurt. #balance