Performance never stops — no matter where, who or how you are. Three fitness experts share their tips for adapting to an at-home sweatlife… with the keyword being “versatility”… and the key looks requiring quick-dry, odour-reducing and 4-way stretch features.
At-home workouts have their limitations — especially with space and equipment. No problem, say Shin and Daniel, who use body movement exercises to increase endurance, strength, balance and flexibility all at once. “Animal flow is my favourite home workout as you only need yourself, and can do it in a large or small area,” Shin says. For Daniel, bodyweight training includes push-ups, sit-ups, squats, planks, jumping jacks and high-knees.
“To stay motivated for working out at home, I set new daily schedules and make sure I stick to them,” says Shin. “Once it becomes a habit, you won’t need any motivation!” Daniel agrees with this habitual approach, as he focuses on his inner drive to maintain a new daily routine. “We humans like consistency,” he explains, “and I believe that every little thing we decide to do should come from what matters to us.”
For Angie, setting a monthly workout calendar, with plenty of variety, helps keep her committed. “To prevent boredom, I pre-plan my workouts to be a mix of tabata and HIIT, with some boxing and kicking thrown in,” she says.
As a working mom, Angie altered her workouts to her home setting and schedule — which sometimes included walks with her son, and other times meant tricep dips on a chair or overhead squats with a cushion. “I gave myself measurable and achievable goals, that I changed monthly,” she says. Angie also incentivized herself with desirable end-goals. “Say, if I completed 16 workouts in a 4 weeks, I rewarded myself with new home-workout gear,” she grins.
For this new life at home — all day, every day — it certainly helps to have a versatile wardrobe that mixes work, workouts and hanging out. Angie says: “I think if you make an effort to dress well, you are more productive, even if you’re home all day. So I like to dress at home with comfort, style and versality.”
Do remember that some days, easy, feel-good basics are enough to make a difference. “I love waking up the body with sun salutations,” says Shin. “Or, for cooling down and relaxing the mind, I practice yin yoga.”
For Angie, taking a moment to focus on breathing is her personal go-to favourite. “I just need a few minutes, sitting or lying down, of continuous but slow breathing in and out to re-set my mind and body,” she says.
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