5 Creative Workouts for a Healthy Mental Outlook
If you’ve been wanting to put your health back into your own hands, now is the time. With quarantine, let’s be honest: most of us have a lot of downtime. Though this can sometimes feel boring, it also provides the perfect opportunity to try new things and establish consistent, healthy routines, like fun, creative workouts.
Next time you’re finding yourself feeling a bit stir crazy, muster up some energy to try out a new workout routine that will not only get you on your feet, but make you feel better in both mind and body. To get you started, we’ve provided five creative workout types that’ll make this quarantine speed on by.
Traditional workouts can often feel mundane with all of the repetitive moves and exercises. Well, we’ve found a way to break that cycle by indulging in non-repeat workout routines. These are just as they sound: workouts that involve all-new exercises during the entire routine. Typically, because they are so intense, these types of workouts tend to be shorter in duration, with very little rest time in between exercises. This way, you get your workout done in 30, and you’re feeling exercised and energized.
A lot of us may discredit yoga when it comes to working out, but why? Not only does it work myriad muscles, but it’s as relaxing as it is strengthening. With yoga, you can easily experiment with new routines and different flows depending on when you’re doing it and how intense of a session you’d like. Yoga is totally personalized and a lot more rewarding than you’d think.
Not only will this give you something to do throughout your quarantine, but it’ll help you practice mindfulness and appreciate the world around us-- no matter how much chaos it may be experiencing right now.
To keep you on your feet and your heart rate pumping, high-intensity workout routines may be the best choice for you. Right now is the best time to push ourselves into trying things we may not have previously. Though slightly intimidating, high-intensity routines, or HIITs, are the best way to see results fast without feeling like you didn’t do enough. After these workouts, you’ll realize just how strong and capable you really are. And, don't worry, we all can't be Simone Biles.
Anything Involving an Exercise Ball
Honestly, any workout routine that involves an exercise ball is fun in and of itself. You can do all sorts of various creative workouts with these inexpensive pieces of equipment, each one fit to your skills and strengths. Great for your back, abs, and glutes specifically, exercise balls take the stress off exercising, and put the fun right back into it. Try incorporating them into your crunches or using them a stabilizer for your leg during certain glute workouts. With these, the creative possibilities are endless. (And you have the time to try them!)
Virtual Training Session
With everything else turning virtual nowadays, it’s only fitting that our workout sessions do, too. Actually, virtual training sessions are becoming more and more popular during this quarantine as they allow you to get (almost) a full training experience from the comfort of your clean home. You’ll have the guidance of a trainer whose sole purpose is to help you enjoy your time in isolation.
No matter what workout you choose, make sure you’re turning to one that’s going to give you both the mental and physical stimulation you need during these stagnant times. Soon, things will start going back to normal, but these creative routines can stick forever.