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Having the opportunity to spend more time at home is a good thing.

Home can be a place that reminds us to slow down and relax. Home gives us a sense of comfort and security. But, home can also give us energy and provide us with better health when we learn how to stay active at home.

Your home can be your gym

We often think about gyms, running trails, and yoga studios as our only settings for physical fitness.

Fortunately, home can also be a place for health and fitness. Whether you work from home or just need a weekend around the house, being physically active is important to our daily health.

Even when you’re cooped up indoors, the CDC still recommends at least 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise and 2 days of strength training per week.

That’s as simple as five 30-minute walks around your neighborhood.

Being at home does not have to be synonymous with sitting still

Working an 8+ hour day from a desk? Going stir crazy not putting your gym membership to use?

Take a deep breath!

There are plenty of ways to stay active at home by simply getting up throughout the day to prevent prolonged sitting, and there are even more resources to still get in your daily workout without a gym.

Regular activity throughout the day not only provides health benefits such as decreasing your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, but is also shown to increase productivity, improve quality of sleep, help curb food cravings, and boost mood and self-esteem.

The keys to staying active at home

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today with creating new habits to stay active at home using these simple tips and resources:

Make movement a daily habit

Pump up the jams and get motivated to move! Give these strategies a shot for keeping your exercise routine a top priority.

Read the actionable steps below for more how-to’s on getting active and staying active while at home.

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Why are you home?

Are you working from home, staying in for the night, taking care of sick kids all day, or just spending the weekend at home? The reason you are at home helps determine your schedule and makes you aware of any barriers that might prevent you from exercising or moving throughout the day.


Assess your home environment

Do you have home exercise equipment like adjustable dumbbells, resistance bands, a yoga mat, or suspension training straps? Do you have a membership to online fitness videos? Figure out what you have and what you need to create a space dedicated to movement.


Consider making a purchase

Based on what you have, you may want to buy a fitness app, online memberships, or home fitness equipment (see links above).


Make exercise a non-negotiable

Make a calendar appointment for your workout and don’t be late! Choose a day and time that works best for you and your schedule. Hint: Exercise first thing in the morning to avoid excuses later in the day. But, of course, find what works for you to make exercising regularly at home a priority.


Set reminders to move

Prolonged sitting is a no-no, but moving for 2-5 minutes every hour is a win! Set reminders on your phone or work computer to get up and move at least once an hour. Fold laundry after answering 5 emails, take your conference call for a walk, or do push-ups during commercials. Read more on how to Create Movement Throughout the Day.


Keep track of your success

Visual reminders of your progress will motivate and encourage you to stick with it. Put a printable calendar on your refrigerator or stay accountable using social media to document your efforts.


Read the longer version

Learn How to Keep Moving During COVID-19 from ACE Fitness. See the American College of Sports Medicine’s guidelines for Staying Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Try the American Hearth Association’s Daily Tips to Help Keep Your Family Active.

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About the Author

Shannon Costello

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Shannon is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor with over 5 years of experience working in Corporate Wellness specializing in overall health, nutrition, and fitness. Throughout her journey to becoming an RDN, she grew her passion for culinary nutrition by teaching and developing hands-on cooking classes for all ages in the community.
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