With social distancing and gyms and studios being closed, it’s hard to get your exercise in. You have to get creative and find ways to workout at home. Recently, we’ve been doing house walking—walking that’s done in the house and focuses on getting steps in instead of getting from one location to another. This can include 10-minute stairs walking, walking in place, or completing a 30-minute walking video. Here’s how to get the most out of house walking.
Set a Goal
Start your day by setting a step goal to reach by the end of the day. Setting goals will motivate you to keep moving and you can compare it to the number of steps you’d complete on a treadmill or walking outside.
Get a Fitness Tracker
Fitness trackers are relatively inexpensive and they count your steps and the calories you’ve burned. Some will even alert you when you’ve been sitting for too long. Alternatives to fitness trackers include smartphones, which have step counters, or basic pedometers.
The more you keep active, the more calories you’ll burn. Go for a walk every 15-minutes or walk in place while you’re on the phone or watching a television show.
Add Bodyweight Exercises
If you’re looking to switch things up and challenge yourself, try adding bodyweight exercises. You’ll burn more calories by alternating steps with lunges, squats, pushups, or butt kickers. For every three to five minutes of walking you complete, do a set of 10 to 15 reps of an exercise.