Keeping fit and healthy should be near the top of everyone’s priorities. 

Sadly this isn’t the case for a lot of people. What’s worse is that with everything going on at the moment and gyms being intermittently closed and reopened, even those who normally exercise regularly are finding it difficult to stick to a healthy routine.

A major roadblock (or perhaps an excuse) for many people when it comes to not being active, is the notion that it’s expensive.

So in this article I’m going to tell you some cheap and free exercises to do at home and a few different ways that you get can get your body moving.

Why is it important to exercise?

Without our health, we have nothing.

Many of us take for granted our amazing and complicated bodies, and we shouldn't. Regular exercise has a positive effect on our whole body, most importantly on our brains. Not only will we look and feel better, our brains will actually perform better.

Neglecting to exercise will cause our bodies to wither away, seeing as we’re not using them in the way that they’re designed, which is to move. Our refusal to move more also has detrimental consequences for our cognitive performance.

Whatever it is you spend your time doing, having some exercises to do at home will make you perform better and have more energy.

So making the decision to keep active should be a no-brainer. 

What are the best ways to exercise at home?

Like I mentioned, many of us don’t priorities our health. A primary excuse being cost. So here are some cheap and effective exercises to do at home so that you can stay fit and healthy, even with current restrictions.

1) Running

This may sound obvious, but it costs nothing to go out running. All you need is a pair of trainers (which most people have). Don’t worry about buying extra fancy gear, just get out and move those legs.

I’ve done a lot of travelling, and running has been a great way for me to keep fit whilst on the road (excuse the pun). Running is a really accessible activity and it can be scaled to every fitness level. You’ll feel amazing after completing a run and with a lot of people cooped up right now, it’s a great way to get some fresh air.

If you like a bit of structure, there are a number of apps and websites who offer “couch to 5/10k” plans which can be a great way to stay accountable and motivated.

2) YouTube Yoga - Yoga with Adriene 

If you’re doing some running, I’d highly recommend doing some Yoga to complement the activity and help prevent injury.

Some people spend lots of money on expensive yoga memberships. All you need however, is an internet connection, access to YouTube, a bit of floorspace,  and you can practice yoga in your living room. Yoga with Adriene is a great channel with tonnes of videos and different yoga routines that you can follow along with right at home. 

Yoga is also a great way to start moving for anyone who feels like running or something more intensive might be too much. Along with bodily benefits, yoga is the perfect way to get some mental space and clear out your mind. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.

3) Home Workouts - The Bootkamp

If you’re an experienced exerciser, you may be able to create your own home workouts or have some equipment to stay fit.

For those with little or no experience and no equipment, The Bootkamp offer home workout plans for just €9.99 per month or something more tailored for a higher price. I recently spent a month training with the owners of this company and they were fantastic. Fun but enjoyable workouts and after six months of on/off lockdown, I was finally able to get back in shape. 

Get moving

So there you have it.

Exercise doesn’t need to be expensive. Staying fit should also be fun, so do whatever activity suits your personality. 

There’s plenty you can be doing. Hopefully the ideas above about exercises to do at home will give you some inspiration.

Just remember that by doing any kind of physical activity, especially under current circumstances, you’re going to feel a million times happier and healthier. You will not regret looking after your mind and body.

So go and get moving!