5 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do At Home

To stay safe during the Pandemic, you have to stay at home. There, we're safe from the virus, but what about our own coping mechanisms? Boredom, fear of financial situations, isolation, and unidentified anxiety and sadness have led us all, at least once, to the cookie jar. And that's okay, unless it becomes a habit.

Overeating may feel good in the moment, but it isn't good for our physical or mental health in the long run. Especially, that is, if we're not getting in the degree of movement we once did. You know, when we walked to the office, took lunch strolls, and shopped in person.

The trick is to be mindful of how you treat your body. Regular exercise is one of the best tactics to show yourself care right now, and always.

Why You Should Exercise Daily During The Pandemic

Some of the reasons that you should exercise daily and must in this COVID-19 pandemic situation are:

  • Exercising daily can help you boost the immune system of your body.

  • Daily exercise can also help you burn the extra calories that you intake in these times and prevent you from gaining weight and keep you fit.

  • Exercise is proven to be the best method for reducing stress levels and anxiety.

  • It can also help you in improving your sleep, as regular exercise will help you fall asleep faster and remain asleep, which will also help in boosting your immune system.

  • It will improve balance, flexibility, strength, mobility of a person, and even help in cases of cardiovascular health.

5 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do At Home

Bodyweight exercises that you can follow during the pandemic with ease at home maintaining social distance are as follows:

1. Squats

You can do this by standing, and then proceeding to lower your body into a seated position by bending your knees. Make sure to keep your hips back so your knees are in line with your toes.

Do two to three sets and increase the number of sets over time.

Beginner's tip: start with a ball between your knees. For many, this feels like an easier approach.

2. Pushups

Beginners can start out by keeping their knees on the ground. Whereas previous regulars at the gym can challenge themselves by trying one-handed pushups.

3. Planks

Lie on your stomach, and push up onto your forearms with bent elbows. Hold your posture for at least 10 seconds. Repeat.

4. Lunges

Take a long step with one leg and then bend both knees, and make sure that the front knee does not bend pass the toes. Switch sides. Repeat.

You can also try reverse lunges and side lunges by moving your legs backwards and sideways, respectively.

5. Weight-lifting

You do not need fancy equipment for weight-lifting exercises. You don't even need weights. Instead you can use heavy cans, books, bricks or any other heavy objects.

Incorporate these weights into your normal exercise routine. I.e. When you do squats or lunges, keep them in your hands. You can also try bicep curls, shoulder presses and tricep extensions.

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