(NAPSI)—They say old habits die hard, but for many people the past two years have proven otherwise. The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a seismic shift in the way people view physical and mental health – and lately many have had a chance to reflect on old habits and routines.
If you’re looking to improve your physical or mental health, there’s perhaps no better tool than exercise. It offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, better bone health, and reduced risk of diseases. Moving your body stimulates different parts of your brain to release feel-good chemicals including serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, resulting in a cascading effect of better sleep, sharper thinking , reduced stress and improved mood.
With the mass adoption of hybrid work models that allow you to swap your morning commute for a sweat session or a moment of mindfulness, the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, and spring fast approaching, c Now is a good time to replace your tired old routines.
Tom Holland, exercise physiologist and Bowflex fitness consultant, says it’s an exciting time in fitness and a great time to start thinking about what their exercise routine might look like, with so many options available including training at home, outdoors or at the gym.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Adopt a new routine at home: Home workouts are the new norm for many and can be just as effective as a workout done in a gym, not to mention easy to fit into a busy routine. Fitness apps such as the JRNY digital fitness platform (https://www.bowflex.com/jrny.html) – which offers a range of classes including strength, stretching, yoga and Pilates – can be great tools to take the guesswork out of trying a new exercise.
“Home fitness equipment is better than ever, and you no longer need a gym membership to get a great workout,” Holland says. “With new digital technologies like wearable devices and connected machines, you can get the kind of comprehensive, personalized fitness plans that were once reserved for professional athletes.”
Versatile home equipment such as the Bowflex VeloCore Bike 22″ (https://www.bowflex.com/bikes/velocore/100914.html) are perfect for participating in a cardio session without needing to go to a gym. With the JRNY app on the VeloCore bike, you can visit new cities, join coach-led rides, or catch up on your favorite shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Disney+.
• Sweat the little things: Even small amounts of exercise can be beneficial. If you sit at a desk or sit most of the time, try getting up frequently throughout the day, taking walks, or doing short workouts like jumping jacks or squats. This can help counter the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, which is especially important in the age of working from home.
• Go outside: There is a strong link between time spent outdoors and physiological benefits, including reduced stress and mental fatigue and improved mood.
“Consider taking a daily walk or taking up an outdoor hobby to ensure you get enough time outdoors,” Holland suggests. “Pets can be a great reason to get outside more often, so if you’ve ever thought about getting a dog, now might be the time!”
• Practice a family or group activity: Exercise should not be a solo activity. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends and family. Recreational sports like pickleball are easy to learn and can be fun and accessible to the whole family, regardless of age or skill level.
“Pickleball is a new activity that I discovered and that my whole family enjoys,” adds Holland. “If you’re considering giving it a try but are concerned about your fitness level, I recommend exercises such as bodyweight squats, skaters, and jumping jacks as a warm-up to get your body in shape to play tennis. pickleball.”