Tony Maloney, exercise physiologist and fitness center manager at the National Institute For Fitness And Sport (@NIFSIndy), gives Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson his suggestions for getting exercise at home, including playing with people you're with at home.
Tony's Exercise Tips And Tricks
Remember you have the best piece of fitness equipment with you at all times – your body!
Choose a combination of five of the below movements to create your circuit. Move for 30 seconds and take a break for 30 seconds for a total of three to five rounds. Speed it up for more of a cardio workout, or try time under tension (TUT) reps, slow tempo reps or isometric holds to maximize muscle building while slowing down reps.
- Glute bridge
- Plank variations
DIY Fitness: Household items you can use for equipment
- Fill up a backpack to add load to bodyweight movements
- Loaded walking (laps around the house, stair climbing)
- Squats, bent over rows, lunges, overhead presses
- Use water jugs (big or small) to add load and variability to the movement
- Use paint cans, laundry detergent bottles or tool bags if you don't have dumbbell weights
- Use paper plates on carpet or a towel on a wood surface for sliding exercises, such as sliding reverse lunges, push-ups with a reach, hamstring curls, plank saws
- Laps around the house
- Stair climbing
- Chores like high-intensity deep cleaning
- Yard work
- Play with kids and family
- Commercial break fitness: body weight exercises during TV commercial breaks
Mind and Body
- Online/streaming Yoga
- Online/streaming recovery and mobility drills
Tips To Stay Active While Working from Home
- Get up and move every 15 minutes — walk upstairs, do laps around the house, or stretch
- Stand to work at your computer
- Schedule time to work out or play
- Check yourself at the fridge. Ask yourself: Am I hungry or just bored?
This segment aired on March 26, 2020.