Being Active And Staying Healthy Without Leaving Your Home

Whilst we may no longer be in the midst of a national lockdown, the onset of colder weather and circulation of germs are big enough reasons to stay at home. Whilst we prepare for a cold winter with limited central heating, it’s important to remember to keep active and not resort to evenings just spent under the duvets.

 

The same goes for what foods you put into your body. It’s all too easy to start consuming hot chocolate’s by the boat load when it gets cold but that won’t do anything for your waistline. Treat yourself by all means but don’t overindulge. If you don’t formulate a plan of action that you can stick to, then you may fall into some bad habits. Fortunately, we are on hand to help you with this plan. Our goal is to keep you active and put you on the right track to tackle these winter blues.

 

Get active with home workouts

 

Home workouts come in all shapes and sizes and the great thing about them is that they don’t require a great deal of space to perform them. You may have the preconceived notion that home workouts are not as effective as being active in the gym itself but this is not the case. You can get an intense workout with very basic equipment right from your living room, as long as you put the same energy in.  Every week we release fresh workout + circuit routines across our social media platforms. Check them out here to follow along.

 

Depending on your goals, you will need to be selective with what equipment you need. If your goals are to build more muscle mass on your frame then you will need some resistance training equipment. Our handled resistance bands are a great tool to help you blast your muscles, along with our dumbbell sets and standalone dumbbells

If your goal is to lose weight or improve your cardiovascular fitness then cardio machines might be more up your alley. Depending on whether you’ve got the space, an exercise bike or cross trainer might be a great tool to help you achieve your goals. If storage space is limited then a folding treadmill might juts solve all of your problems

 

Say no to temptations and comfort eating

 

As previously mentioned, it’s very easy to let your diet slip when the weather’s miserable and your stuck indoors on those dark evenings. It’s vital that you don’t overindulge in those moments and make a conscious effort to sway away from temptations. They will give you temporary gratification but ultimately, they will increase the numbers on the scale. You don’t need to avoid takeaways and comfort food completely, reward yourself with them after putting in some dedication into your fitness first. Try to aim for a more balanced diet comprising of whole food ingredients and your body will thank you. Get your fruit and veg intake up, try making smoothies to help you achieve this.

 

Make the most of TV time

 

Who says you can’t watch your favourite shows and be active at the same time? Instead of aimlessly lying on your sofa binging Netflix, why not do some form of exercise at the same time. A static exercise bike is a brilliant way to feed two birds with one hand and give you the best of both worlds. Pedal at a moderate pace and try to maintain this throughout the duration of your tv viewing. The IC400 elite is a sturdy static bike that’s guaranteed to deliver a great exercising experience. If that’s not in your budget, then the ic200 pro is a great alternative at a lower price point.

 

Pilates or Yoga anyone?

 

Another activity that requires minimal equipment. You can do it on your living room floor or you could of course opt for a yoga mat, which may give you a slightly comfier experience! We’ve got you covered with our range of yoga mats on our website.

 

Yoga and Pilates are not only great for your physical health but they also help to relieve unwanted tension in the form of stress and anxiety. Yoga in particular, is great for easing back pain from a long day of sitting hunched over at a desk etc.

 

So, there you have it. Above are just a few ideas that you can implement into your winter evening schedule. If you are new to exercising then start off easy and build up to more intense bouts of exercise. Remember that any exercise is better than doing none at all and overindulging in the wrong foods will only lead to gaining unwanted fat.

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Theo Lawrence

Digital Marketing at JLL Fitness

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