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How to motivate yourself to exercise at home

Cover Media logo Cover Media 25-03-2020

Motivation can be hard to find during this current period of self-isolation.

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Yet, it's important not to let your workouts slip, as exercise will give both your mind and body a great boost.

Now the gyms are closed and most people are stuck at home as a result of social distancing measures, you have to make a conscious effort to get your steps in every day and try to create a new exercise routine using your home surroundings and whatever equipment you have at your disposal.

But how can you motivate yourself to do workouts at home at a time like this? Vicki Anstey, founder of Barreworks (Barreworks.co.uk), has exclusively shared her fitness tips with us. 

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"Set an alarm. Every two hours, get up and move around," she recommends. "Set yourself a 20-minute movement session three times a day, this will help break the day up and make limited resources go further. Go up and down the stairs, use a box or ledge to perform step-ups."

There is a range of workouts that can be done from home, such as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), barre, Pilates, and yoga. While useful equipment to have includes sliders, a box, resistance bands, and hand weights.

"Interval training can be a great way to maintain fitness. Hill sprints, jump squats, burpees, skipping or fast push-ups will have you sweating in no time," Vicki says. "If you have a garden, try to get fresh air whilst your exercise. Knee ups, lateral bounds, and jump lunges don't require much space but will really get your heart rate up."

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And if you are a frequent gym user and feel lost without your workout space, Vicki suggests there is no better time to switch up your routine.

"If you are an avid outdoor fitness enthusiast or a gym addict, you are going to find this a testing time," she continues. "But get creative, find inventive ways to get your heart rate up - work on smaller muscle groups if you can't get to the heavy weights.

"Change the stimulus - you can do A LOT with a resistance band, your own body weight or a skipping rope. Work on your flexibility. Getting away from your usual environment and removing access to the gyms and equipment you may take for granted could open up a whole new world of potential."

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