You know exercise is important to your health. It helps you feel better physically, gives you energy, and helps you deal with the stress of your busy life.
But what do you do when your life suddenly changes! Quarantine, social distancing and the closing of gyms!
It’s easy to start skipping exercise, but this may lead to less energy, and aches and pains cropping up. This makes you feel like exercising even less and leads to a downward spiral. That means that committing to exercise, even during challenging times will ultimately have long term benefits.
Exercise doesn’t have to take lots of time. In fact, your 8 minutes don’t even have to be all together. You can break them up throughout the day. Doing one exercise for one minute every hour while working counts just as much as doing 8 minutes of exercise after the kids are in bed. The following exercises use your body weight for resistance, so you don’t need any equipment. They also use many muscle groups at once so you can maintain strength in your whole body in a short amount of time.
Bridge; Lying on back, with your knees bent, engage your abdominals and lift your hips. Hold 20 seconds, rest 5 seconds, and repeat 3 times.
Quadruped – Start on your hands and knees with your hands under your shoulders, and your knees under your hips. Lift and reach with one arm and the opposite leg, maintaining a stable core. Hold 10 seconds and repeat on opposite side. Repeat 5 times.