If, like so many things, getting in your regular exercise routine feels especially hard right now — no gym, no park, no friend to walk beside — it’s as important as ever that you try to find a way to stay active in the confines of your home or apartment.
Getting some exercise and moving as much as you can doesn’t just boost your immunity against viruses, it’s simply critical to preserving your physical and mental health.
Study after study links exercise to better cardiovascular health and an increased life span, along with lower rates of things like depression, dementia and cancer. Research in the past few years has also consistently shown that reaping such benefits doesn’t require long, intense workouts; intervals of just a few minutes or more, like steps taken at a very moderate pace, count toward overall results.
With all this is mind, we approached a few of our favorite fitness experts — names like Denise Austin, Jorge Cruise, Lorraine Ladish, Bryant Johnson and Kathy Smith. We asked them to create, from the comfort of their own homes, short, start-to-finish workouts.
So clear some space, prop up your laptop or tablet nearby, and roll out that mat. We promise these beginner-friendly workouts will be worth the 10 minutes they take to complete, and hope they might even create a few exercising habits that remain long after this pandemic ends.