Since the pandemic has started, people have been looking for easy at-home workouts or online exercise classes to stay healthy while still staying safe. Many trainers have started offering the option to join a virtual workout class for participants to follow along at home. If you are not used to exercising, it is important that you ease into it to avoid injuries.
Whether you are joining virtual workouts with a group or going about it solo, here are some easy at-home exercises to try out.
1. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise that can be practiced almost anywhere, especially at home. Many practitioners have said that tai chi is easy for people who are not used to working out and it is a great way to promote mental relaxation and reduce overall stress. Compared to not exercising, tai chi has been proven to lower average blood glucose levels at a similar rate as other aerobic activities.
Yoga is another popular exercise that can help people living with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition and improve their health. Some studies have shown that performing yoga regularly can reduce stress, increase flexibility, and improve the quality of sleep. If you are interested in getting started, you can join a local class, or simply watch videos online to learn beginner poses that you can practice at home.
Tip: Although using a yoga mat is not required, it can help to reduce the pressure you put on your body while exercising.
Dancing is an exercise that has been around for as long as people have been living together and taking a formal dance class like Zumba can be a great way to socialize and get active. Many people take Zumba classes with a friend to promote accountability and to make it more fun to exercise. Many virtual personal trainers are hosting online classes that you can join while working out from home, making Zumba more accessible than ever.
4. Bodyweight Exercises
Using your own body weight is the most affordable method of getting a good workout because you can exercise without the need for expensive gym equipment. These exercises can be done almost anywhere in a short amount of time. Some of the most popular bodyweight exercises include:
- Jumping Jacks
- High knees
Note: Look up the proper method of performing any of these exercises to avoid any potential injuries.