With many people around the world having to stay home for their own safety and many businesses having to close their doors in order to protect both their employees and their customers, those who once went to the gym in order to workout are left having to figure out another way to get exercise.
While you can safely spend some of your time outside, as long as you’re socially distancing, a lot of people have found that working out at their house just makes the most sense.
If this is something that you’ve recently taken on, here are three simple tips you should follow to ensure that you’re staying safe while working out at home.
Keep Things Clear
In most homes, there isn’t a designated space where you can safely workout without running into something. But in order to protect your body from harm, it’s important that you have the space you need in order to move without bumping into things.
In addition to clearing out space in your home, Melissa Malamut, a contributor to the New York Post, recommends that you also have cleared out the air in your space by bringing some fresh air into the room through your open windows. By doing this, you’ll be keeping your body healthy on multiple levels as you workout your body as well as getting some cleaner air into your lungs. If it’s a bit cold, rather open a window but dress warmly, which leads us to the next point.
Dress For The Gym
When you’re working out at home, you might be tempted to just begin working out whenever you remember without actually taking the time to get ready for exercise. However, exercising without wearing the proper attire can be dangerous for you.
Especially when it comes to your feet, Mallory Creveling, a contributor to Health.com, shares that you need to dress just as you would when going to the gym. Ideally, you should be wearing tennis shoes that are only meant for indoor use.
If this doesn’t work for you, having bare feet is the next best option. And if you do choose to wear only socks, make sure they’re non-slip so you don’t fall and injure yourself.
Mix Things Up
When working out at home, you might feel very limited in the type of exercise you’re able to do. But to give your body the time it needs to rest and recover, Sarah Winkler, a contributor to HowStuffWorks.com, shares that it’s wise to try cross-training as much as possible.
As you do different types of workouts throughout the week, you’ll be training various parts of your body and letting other muscle groups rest. This will keep you from overexerting the same area, which makes your body more susceptible to injury.
To help you stay safe while getting fit at home, consider using the tips mentioned above as you take on home workouts.