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Mayo Clinic Q And A: Staying active while working from home

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Jump-rope: Jumping rope gets your heart pumping and offers a great cardio workout. Exercising with a jump-rope requires little space, and it can be performed by people at any fitness level.

Yoga mat: A yoga mat is good for more than just yoga. Mats can protect your back and joints from hard surfaces during your workout. A variety of different buttock and core workouts, as well as stretching, can be done using a mat.

Free weights or dumbbells: For added strength, free weights can be a plus. Select a variety of sizes ― from 2 pounds to 20 pounds ― that allow you to work your way up for a challenge. Depending on the style, these weights or dumbbells could be stored under a bed or in a closet. Kettlebells also are becoming popular. Grab one and curl your way through a commercial break if you are watching TV, or use them in the morning to help wake you up.

Resistance bands: Using resistance bands can improve your strength and muscle tone. These bands are available in various sizes and styles, take up minimal space and can travel with you for use while on vacation.

Stability ball: A stability ball is a useful piece of workout equipment that will help you strengthen your core. In addition to using a stability ball for exercises for your abdomen and core, you can use it as a chair at your desk. Over time, stronger back and abdominal muscles can improve your balance and stability. Be sure to get a ball that is large enough for your height. If you're between 5 feet, 1 inch, and 5 feet, 7 inches, a 55-centimeter ball is a good choice. If you're between 5 feet, 8 inches, and 6 feet, 1 inch, try a 65-centimeter ball. If you're 6 feet, 2 inches, or taller, try a 75-centimeter ball.

 

Although working from home may now be your norm, it can make exercising seem difficult. Try stretches and inexpensive workout equipment to increase your health and fitness from home.

― Compiled by Mayo Clinic staff

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