One of, if not the most, popular new Year’s resolutions are related to weight loss and fitness. During a pandemic, the gyms have had fluctuating policies leading to inconsistencies. If you want a budget-friendly alternative that you can count on, that also reduces your Covid-19 exposure, working out at home is the best option. You don’t need to buy any items, but you can if you’d like. Some resistance bands, dumbbells, and a jump rope are a great, and affordable starter pack. Many people have even turned gallon milk bottles into makeshift dumbbells for simple curls and lifts. You can create a very simple routine of body weight based push up, lunges and core exercises that you can do anywhere.  

With many trainers going virtual, people can have more one-on-one access than they may have been able to afford previously. Having a trainer also helps with the issue of accountability so you’re less inclined to slack off. In this technologically-advanced age, trainers can use apps like Trainerize’s Fitness App*  to communicate, set up work-outs, and even aid in meal prep. There are various financial tiers to select from to meet your fitness goals. Speak with your trainer about target areas you want to work on and enjoy your tailored workouts. If you’re looking for something with a little more rhythm, try the Live IG streams of Afrobeatburnout or Flex & Flow Studios for dance influenced fitness sessions.

Besides the obvious physical gains of maintaining a fitness plan at home, there are also the mental benefits of being able to continuously work on yourself during a time of stress and uncertainty. Balance the cardio and weight goals with some Yoga routines to stretch those underused muscles and bring some calm into your life. As much of the nation is currently in the middle of Winter, it’s a great opportunity to add some meditation into your at-home wellness routine.  

Along with the home workouts, the current restricted condition of many restaurants and fast food joints presents a great opportunity to examine and improve your diet. The increased amount of time at home is ideal for cutting back on unhealthy take out and improving for cooking skills. It’s a real “make lemonade out of lemons” type of situation so let’s make the best of it. 

 *You should consult your physician or other health care professional before beginning any fitness program.*

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