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Physical activity at home

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week (or 30 minutes per day) while also including 2 days of muscle/bone-strengthening activities. Try and remember that developing a new and reliable home workout routine does not need to be complex or overly detailed. Consider implementing these basic tips and ideas when finding ways to stay active & healthy at home.

Walk outside

Walking outside for at least 30 minutes each day is good for both the body and the mind. When walking, consider listening to music or a podcast. If that isn't possible, focus on the sounds of nature - like the birds or neighbourhood dogs. Try listening for something new that you would have otherwise missed under normal circumstances. Use your walk as a form of meditation.

Pace while chatting

Catching up with a loved one or friend over the phone or video chat? Scheduling time to connect with others is a great way to have something to look forward to in your daily routine. While on the call, consider pacing around your home and encourage your caller to do the same.

Use stairs

Do you have stairs in your home? If you must go up or down throughout the day, try doing an extra flight each time you do so. Please make sure to go at your own pace and always hold the handrail. If you don't have stairs, try to lunge where you are going, perhaps down a hallway or in the kitchen. If you have pre-existing knee or hip problems, try doing a few more sit to stands (up to 10) every time you get up from your chair.

Team up for a workout challenge

Contact one or a few of your friends and have a fun workout routine that you can share on social media or just amongst yourselves. Team up with those you are close with to help you stay motivated. Not sure on a workout? Visit URec's new YouTube channel for a collection of home-based exercises and workouts.

Try something new

Try something new and visit thewodgenerator.com to generate a random workout that you can do from the comfort of your own space. This website also provides links to demonstrate the exercises generated. There are also options for bodyweight workouts and workouts if you have some personal weights available.

Exercise all day

Exercise can help support your immune system and keep you in good physical and mental health. Consider adding movement throughout your day when possible and decrease sedentary time. Set an alarm every hour between 9 am and 6 pm and do a different exercise for 60 seconds. That’s 10 minutes of exercise without having to really think about! Looking for exercise ideas or inspiration? Visit URec's new YouTube channel for a collection of home-based exercises and workouts.