The global Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. In the wake of Covid-19, many people living in densely populated areas or with low immunity prefer staying indoors to prevent them from the viral infection. Following a fitness regimen outdoors may not be possible in such cases. It is best then to find out and follow creative ways to start a fitness regimen indoors and get maximum health benefits from the same. Check out some favourite tips and workouts for indoor fitness training that would prepare us to step outside confidently when it is the right time.

Create a Personalised Goal

What do you want to achieve and why? That’s an important question that needs to be answered first to set a personal goal. Be it strengthening your core muscles, enhancing the flexibility, following Yoga practice, you should set your goal. Then ask why do you want to achieve it? It may be to boost immunity, manage stress, enhance your athletic prowess or build muscles for the next backpacking trek.

Make it a Habit

Setting a routine and making it a habit becomes easier when we schedule a proper time and duration for your workout and pair this with a habit you already have. Suppose, you have decided to start following a Yoga routine in the morning, then you can decide to pair it with your coffee drink in the morning. As you finish your cup of coffee, you will start stretching exercises of yoga that will soon become a non-negotiable flexibility regimen.

Personalize Your Workout Space

Choose a specific space for workout that is spacious allowing you to move freely and use equipment, rubber bands or other devices. You can choose to make your workspace relaxed, look natural with some indoor plants or use essential oil diffuser. It may be better to set up your workout station near a window, where you can train with a nature view.

Pick Up the Right Equipment for Results

Based on your goals, you should have an easy access to the most suitable equipment that will make your workout effective. Be it the right Yoga mat, weight or resistance bands, indoor cycles or treadmill, make sure to have them handy in your indoor workouts. Never forget to give your muscles the relaxation and tender loving care post workout.

Start with Breathing Routines

Deep breathing exercises are the best way to relax, de-stress, and say goodbye to anxiety. With deep breathing, our brain gets increased supply of oxygen, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and promoting a state of calmness. Sit on a yoga mat, lengthen your spine. Relax, close your eyes, and let your hands rest on your lap. Inhale through your nose counting 1-4 and exhale through mouth counting 1-5. Practice focusing on your breath for mindfulness.

Enhance Joint Flexibility with These Yogic Exercises

Practicing Yoga moves to enhance flexibility will help you minimise the risk of injuries from tripping or balance problems.   You can practice Adho Mukha Svanasana (Aasan like downward facing dog), Prasarita Padottanasana (Forward Fold with Wide Legs) and Low lunge to Pyramid pose. These yogic exercises will help you stretch your hamstrings, calves and hips muscles, strengthen them and increase flexibility.

Downward Facing Dog: - Stand erect and then bend with legs apart. You can bend and straighten your legs one at a time or move your hanging head side to side like you are shaking your head “no”.

Wide Legged Forward Fold

You need to bend with your ten toes pointing to the right side of the room. Bring your feet parallel to your mat’s outer edges, bend at the hip and fold forward, stretching your back and hamstrings. You can start a sequence from downward facing dog to low lunge (Anjaneyasana) and to pyramid variation that will provide you maximum benefits of stretching exercises.

Practice Cycling, Hiking and Climbing Indoors

You can learn from experts and get training for cycling, hiking and climbing and practice it indoors on your Mat with a few resistance bands. Get expert advice and strengthen your stamina, flexibility, and immunity as well.  

Take Expert Advice before Starting Indoor Exercises

Bringing outdoor adventures inside or practicing strict exercise regimen indoors can be tricky. You should always consult your doctor or a certified training professional before starting any training plan. Check out these tips that will help you make seamless transition in the wake of global pandemic, helping you boost health and stamina and realise your fitness goals.