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Staying in Shape Under Lockdown

 Indoor Exercise Tips for Your Family


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your kids have probably had to give up their usual after school and weekend activities, including sports and other forms of exercise. Chances are, you’re missing your usual pilates classes and mornings in the weight room at the gym, too, so why not work on staying fit indoors together? Align Pilates hopes the following resources will provide you with helpful advice on establishing a home gym, working out alongside your children, and more!


Home Gym Renovation Project


It can be tough to squeeze in a good workout in your living room. Instead, you can invest in equipment and materials for a home gym.


  • How should you outfit your home gym? Start by deciding on the equipment you’ll need for your preferred workouts.

  • If pilates is your go-to, an exercise ball, resistance bands, and a pilates ring are inexpensive and easy to find. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, look online for an affordable reformer

  • If you want to start practicing yoga at home on a regular basis, you’ll also need to find a mat with the right thickness for your preferred yoga style. 


Getting Fit Indoors


There are plenty of fun physical activities you can do indoors. Whether you have preschoolers or high school students, you’ll find games and workouts that the whole family can do together. 


  • You can get an intense workout alongside your kids by finding workouts the whole family can enjoy

  • Older kids might be interested in trying out free weights. Suggest these safe exercises to help them get started with strength training.   

  • If you and your teen miss attending pilates classes at Align Pilates, you can still get in a great workout through a virtual class.


Yoga and Meditation for Kids


Yoga and meditation are powerful tools for mental and physical health. During this stressful time, these practices can teach them how to process their emotions.


  • Certain yoga poses are better suited for children than others. Start with these basic poses to help your kids get started with their yoga practice. 

  • Meditation can be beneficial for kids and adults alike. These tips will guide you as you teach your children about mindfulness. 

  • Find online yoga videos that work for both adults and kids. 


Boost Everyone’s Motivation


We all need an extra nudge now and then to get moving. Whether it’s through tech, essential oils, new athletic wear, or an awesome playlist, find ways that encourage everyone to move.


  • Scent is a powerful tool when it comes to mood enhancement, and essential oils are the perfect option. They’re also effective for stress relief and sleep. 

  • If you can’t tell how much effort you’re really putting into your workouts, invest in a smartwatch. These popular devices can track every movement, keep tabs on your blood pressure, and show you all your progress in real-time. 

  • Spring for new workout clothes like leggings, tanks, and wicking shirts for the whole family to add some get-up and go. 

  • Find a family-friendly playlist that puts everyone in a mood to move.


It’s not always easy to keep your kids occupied and entertained while indoors, especially in times like these. But exercise is a great stress reliever, and by making time for regular workouts, you and your family will be able to keep a positive attitude until these restrictions are lifted!


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Author:  Anya Willis |

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