Moving is an exciting, yet hectic time! You have endless lists of things to organize and unpack, not to mention getting used to your new surroundings. Amidst all this excitement, newness and activity, it can be difficult to find the time for self care. Taking just a few moments a day can have a real impact on outlook and well being. Here at Truckin’ Movers, we’ll take responsibility for keeping our move teams limber in body and positive in outlook. For our move clients, we humbly offer this first installment of our Winter Wellness While Moving series (say that five times fast).
Staying Active Indoors
Your household move is already adding extra costs to your budget, so we recommend focusing on fun, frugal tips to help keep you healthy. We also realize that you haven’t yet explored your new home, let alone the great outdoors, so this installment focuses on options for good indoor workouts.
Here are some easy ideas that will really work up a sweat, that require almost no equipment, that will get your heart pumping:
We believe in you. We believe that you can tackle those moving boxes and achieve the organized, calm home you have always dreamed of. And we promise, with every book you place on a shelf, with each piece of furniture you situate, muscles are engaging and calories are burning!
2. Take the Stairs.
If you are moving into an apartment building or a multi-story house, you will have lots of stairs at your disposal. Why not make good use of them? You can get a great cardio by running or walking up and down the stairs. Set a goal for yourself to run a certain number of flights, or you could time yourself and try to beat your best time with each flight. For an extra challenge, why not take the steps two at a time? Or, you could do a set of push-ups or sit-ups after each flight for an interval workout. If you deliberately moved into a house without stairs: well played and kindly move on to number 3.
3. Try Tabata!
Need to fit in a really quick workout? Then Tabata is your answer. Tabata was developed for Japanese Olympians in the 1970’s, and it’s cardio and fat burning benefits have been catching on. A round of Tabata lasts four minutes, with eight rounds of working out. You go all out for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds, and this is repeated 8 times. Your 20 seconds of cardio can be jumping rope, burpees, or running in place, to name just a few. If you search for Tabata workouts online, you are sure to find a combination that suits you. Check out this one by Genesees Daily Essentials, and we bet you’ll be ready for more!
4. Let’s Dance!
Have some fun and get in a good workout, too! Put on your favorite music and just get started! Need some musical motivation? There are lots of free workout playlists available online. Let yourself boogie for seven or eight songs, and presto! You have a 30 minute workout. Not only will you have a good time, but you can also burn between 220 and 300 calories in a half hour of aerobic dancing. Time to turn up the tunes! (Editor’s Note: this step pairs well with #1 above.)
5. Guided Home Workouts.
There are tons of great options for guided home workouts. From fitness DVDs, to fitness channels on cable or satellite, to online fitness classes and websites, there’s a lot to choose from. You can easily search YouTube to find free fitness workouts. Here’s a great one you can find on YouTube by Fitness Blender:
Think out of the box and have fun trying out something new! Try searching for total body strength training, exercise ball workout, high intensity interval training, cardio workouts, fat burning workouts, and even workouts for kids. Mix up a couple of different types of workouts to get a full body workout!
6. Get moving during the commercials!
Got the TV on? You can make the most of TV time by being active during the commercial breaks. You can run in place or do some jumping jacks, squats, burpees, or push ups. Those three minute commercial breaks can add up to a great workout.
Once you get started working out at home, we trust you will find more and more ways to be active. Be sure to join us for our next installment in our Winter Wellness While Moving Series, “Staying Active Outdoors.”
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