As it becomes more important to self-isolate, one of the first regular daily activities to fall by the wayside can be exercise and physical activity. When the gym – or even the outdoors – isn't readily accessible, are there other options to keep up a regime to stay fit? Luckily, staying indoors doesn’t have to mean giving up a workout. There are numerous fantastic ways to stay fit and keep your mind active - without leaving the comfort of your own home. While it’s not always an ideal replacement for the great outdoors, there are plenty of creative options available.

Read on to find out our top tips on keeping physically and mentally active indoors.

Hit the net

There are loads of helpful videos available on YouTube for working out in a limited space. While they may not be as appealing as working out in a dedicated facility, there are fantastic resources available! Whether you're looking to sweat it out or put those neglected muscles to work, there's something available for everyone. Here are our favourites:

  1. Women’s Health1 - the YouTube channel has a heap of workout videos brought to you by well-known guests
  2. Boho Beautiful2 - set in the most beautiful locations, the guru provides a wide range of yoga workouts – from slow and steady to ones that you'll be feeling for days
  3. HASfit– a wide range of workouts are available, appropriate for all ages
  4. 1 Workout a Day4 – again, these workouts are suitable for everyone. These uplifting videos feature music that will leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished your life goals - without even leaving the comfort of your home

Get creative

Scale back your workout. You don't need all the sophisticated equipment that gyms boast to stay fit. Use your furniture to get yourself healthy at home.

  1. Tricep dips with the sofa
  2. Bicep curls (with tinned foods!)
  3. Russian Twists and sumo squats (holding a bag of flour or whatever you can find)
  4. Mountain climbers using the sofa in place of an exercise ball (just make sure the couch doesn't slide away!)
  5. Sit-ups tucking your feet under the sofa
Bicep Curl

Prepare to feel the power of the influencers

Social media personalities are working from home, and many enjoy watching their own journey of self-isolation. They could even be one of your biggest inspirations to stay fit right now. Tons of influencers are providing free home workout tips on their social media channels. Here are our favourites:

  1. @pilatesplaceyyc
  4. @maryochsner

Take a walk on the wild side

It's important to still get fresh air. Whether you're walking a pet or popping to the shop, your body will benefit from stretching out. Why not use this time to get around to the garden that you've always promised to tend to?

Body and Mind

Don't just pay extra attention to your physical health, pay attention to your mental health too. While it may be difficult to get out and socialise now, there are other ways to keep up with your friends. Modern-day technology has made it even easier to communicate with people when you're apart. Take advantage of it! Now is the time to reconnect with people that you've been meaning to catch up with. If you're getting cabin fever, why not try a meditation app? Your mind could benefit massively from using a meditation app for just five minutes. There are loads of great apps available, many with free trials!

Here are our favourites:

  1. Headspace
  2. Breethe 
  3. Calm

Ready, Steady, Cook

Did you know that what you eat influences the rest of your body? Switching to nutritious recipes that are tailored to your digestive system can help to improve your immune system. Use this time to experiment with gut-healthy food that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Here are our favourite recipes:

  1. Beef and sweet potato curry
  2. Lemon chicken noodle soup
  3. Butternut squash casserole
  4. Sweet potato shepherd's pie
  5. Slow-cooker Mediterranean chicken and chickpea soup

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