Exercising in the house, especially during these difficult times, isn’t always for everyone, but it’s important to remember that even a bit of movement is beneficial to your health, particularly if it makes you breath faster and feel a bit warm.
Movement can include frequently standing up, cleaning the house, going up and down the stairs, gardening, or, why not, dancing and stretching on your favourite music playlist. These are all activities you can do to break up periods of inactivity and tick off the physical activity box from your list.
Get Set Leeds has put together a list of great suggestions that could help you remain active in the house without having a fitness workout routine.
Climbing the stairs is a great way to help you build your strength and make your blood pump – you’d only need yourself and a set of stairs! To record your steps, try using an app on your smartphone or a Fitbit. If you want to challenge yourself while climbing the stairs, try these fun exercise variations from This Girl Can: https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/stair-workouts/.
House working and gardening also count towards your 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. Dusting, polishing, making the bed or vacuuming are all good activities to keep your house clean while staying active. If you have a garden, spend some time planting bulbs, herbs or take care of your indoor houseplants. Visit the Housework section on Get Set Leeds to find out how you can boost these activities even more: https://getsetleeds.co.uk/get-active/housework/.
Family activities are not only entertaining, but they also help you and your family maintain an active lifestyle. Fun games like obstacle courses, mini-sports day, or chalked out hopscotch on the pavement in front of the house are just some of the activities that you can do together with your children. Jump@Home helps you move and play with some simple indoor activities for the entire family: https://jumpathome.org/.
Active Leeds has also put together some useful resources on their YouTube channel. Vacuuming & polish, sit to stand practice, or Deskercise require no equipment and help you stay active at home. Find a wide range of videos, by checking out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe48NjP0fjIr-74GM_Qj9eg. The Healthy At Home page can also offer inspiration on how to move more for all groups and families: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/be-active.
And if you feel more energetic than ever and dancing is your key to a healthy active lifestyle, wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes and dance around the house like no one is watching. Zahoor, a We Are Undefeatable ambassador, keeps active by dancing in his living room. To find out more about Zahoor’s story and the resources he uses, visit https://weareundefeatable.co.uk/our-stories/zahoor.