How To Exercise At Home

Just Because You Don't Have Access To A Gym, Doesn't Mean You Can't Stay Active!

Check out some of our tips for staying active during COVID.

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING ACTIVE

We are here to help you learn ways to keep active with all the temporary gym closures. At EHP Clinic, we know that is important to stay active for both your physical and mental health. The benefits of regular exercise include a lower risk of stroke, heart disease, certain forms of cancer and dementia. It is also proven to help relieve stress and alleviate depression and anxiety. If you were ever thinking of adding regular exercise to your lifestyle, there is no better time to start than RIGHT NOW!

If you are uninjured and otherwise healthy, you can find different ways to keep active that are fun and enjoyable for you. This may include going on walks or runs, doing yoga, zumba, playing sports, swimming or practically anything to keep you moving!

If you have chronic or acute injuries that require special assistance or consideration, feel free to contact us to set up exercise training sessions with our in-house Kinesiologist! These personalized sessions will help teach you the right exercises for your body to keep you active and reduce your pain or discomfort.

Here are a few tips we have for building healthy habits and a couple different ways to stay active at home!

How To Get Started: Building a Habit

1. Knowing Your Bad Habits

To begin your journey in improving your lifestyle, it is important to create awareness around what you do regularly. After identifying patterns in your behaviour that trigger unhealthy habits, it becomes easier to develop ways to disrupt those patterns and create new healthy ones.

For instance, if you find that most of your social interactions involve going out for a meal or drinks, you can make plans to go on walks, runs, hikes, bike rides or an alternative activity.

2. Plan It Out & Be Specific

Make a plan with small, short-term reasonable goals and outline specific actions that you can take to move towards them. Instead of aiming to exercise more or be more active, create a plan that consists of which activity you are going to do, where and when.

3. Stay On Track

Make a plan with small, short-term reasonable goals and outline specific actions that you can take to move towards them. Instead of aiming to exercise more or be more active, create a plan that consists of which activity you are going to do, where and when.

4. Be Consistent

When working out consistently rest days are very important to include in your plan or schedule. Rest days can involve active ventures but still give your body a break from tougher workouts. It is also okay to take 1 day off, but beware as 2 days off can quickly spiral into 5, 10 and so on. Finding a buddy to exercise with is also a great way to stay accountable to your plan and build a habit.

Exercises You Can Do At Home

1. Guided Work Outs or Guided Yoga

2. Stretches

3. Skipping/Jumping Rope

4. Stair Climbing

5. Gardening or Housework

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