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6 ways to improve at-home workouts

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At-home workouts have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. There are now many ways to stay active without having to go to the gym, yoga studio or swimming pool. Marshfield Clinic Health System licensed athletic trainer Jonathan Ekhoff has six tips to get the most out of your at-home workouts.

Have a dedicated space

It could be a specific room of your house, or it could simply be a yoga mat or towel you pull out in front of your TV. Either way, Ekhoff advises trying to exercise in a consistent area of your house each time you work out.

You do not need fancy equipment

“You can use common objects around the house instead of traditional weights,” Ekhoff said. “Whether it’s using a gallon of water, heavy soup cans, or even a heavy book, there are many things in the house that can be repurposed for a workout. You can also consider using couches or chairs to modify push-ups or stairs for step-ups.”

Utilize social media and the internet for fun ideas

Free, online workouts boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them are still available, along with new content being produced on video platforms like YouTube.

Involve the whole family

“Some parents have a tough time fitting workouts in when the kids are around,” Ekhoff explained. “If you get them interested, it is both physically and mentally beneficial for everyone.”

Get outside

Spending time outdoors can improve your mood and overall health. It’s not something just recommended during the warmer months, as fresh air and time outside can help with seasonal affective disorder during the winter.

Try to vary your activities daily

Changing up your exercise regimen is a great way to limit boredom and increase compliance to a workout program,” Ekhoff said. “It’s also good for our muscles and bodies to vary cardio and strength training routines.”

Trying something new, like yoga or Pilates, is also recommended. You never know what you might fall in love with!

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