Thankful for Health: Stay Active at Home this Holiday Season
The holiday season comes with stipulations—an overabundance of food, a commitment to one too many gatherings, and fatigue from all the hustle and bustle. It can seem like a lot crammed into just two months, but there is a way to have a healthy balance between self-care and seasonal activities: at-home workouts.
Working out doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing experience that causes you stress and a majority of your time. It can be as easy as dancing around your living room to your favorite music or jumping on your stationary bike for a quick ride before work. Vastland Communities not only offers a large enough townhome to complete your workouts, but plenty of outdoor space in our community areas to enjoy the fresh air while you exercise.
Workout From the Comfort of Your Home
If the idea of a home workout makes you yawn, think again! There are multiple ways to make staying active fun, while giving your body a run for its money. Whether the gym isn’t your thing or you find yourself saying “I don’t have the time,” clear out some space in your home office, living room, or bedroom and prepare to sweat—even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day.
If you’re looking to avoid expensive gym and personal trainer fees but still feel like you need help to melt off the pounds, subscription based workouts may be your answer. With the latest technology, your fast track to fitness is only a click away. Mobile apps are now easier to use than ever and can help guide you through a beginner, intermediate, or difficult workout in as little as 30 minutes.
Subscription workouts are continuously at the tip of your fingers and can be used at home, at the weight rack, during a run, on a bike saddle, or in the studio. From Beachbody on Demand to Yoga Download, there are hundreds of workout subscriptions that range from free to just a small one-time payment per month. This workout option provides you with an “in-home” trainer without paying the price for one—not to mention connects you to others using the app to make new fitness friends.
Dance Out the Jitters
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Whether you enjoy grooving to Christmas music the day after Halloween or prefer a more rock-n-roll vibe to get your heart rate pumping, dancing is one of the best workout therapies. Teach your kids the cha-cha slide, practice the tango with your partner, or simply jump around like nobody’s watching (because they probably aren’t).
Dancing is a whole-body workout that brings a fun and witty atmosphere into the household. It’s not only good for your heart, but can make you stronger and help with balance and coordination. Continuously dancing for 30 minutes can burn between 130-250 calories—about the same as a light jog. Whatever your definition of dance is, there’s no wrong way to do it.
No Equipment Necessary
Bodyweight exercises are convenient for the simple fact that they require absolutely no equipment—they’re the foundation solid gains are built on. The movements involved in bodyweight exercises are designed to increase your mobility because they involve complete use of each of your muscles (some you may not have even known existed), as well as put less strain on your joints.
If you’re concerned about stepping foot in the gym, but want to understand what you’re doing once you’re there, bodyweight exercise should be your first step. You’ll gain a greater understanding of proper technique and form, allowing you to incorporate weights once you feel ready. Whether you do 10 sit ups, pushups, and squats each morning or perform a full-body circuit on your lunch hour, bodyweight exercises will have you sweating and feeling more motivated throughout the day.
At Home Gym Equipment
Just because you have the money to spend on an elaborate workout setup in your home, doesn’t mean you have to in order to see results. You’d be surprised how little equipment is required to feel the burn and break a sweat. Some basic at-home workout tools you can purchase include:
- Yoga mat
- Resistance bands
- Adjustable dumbbells
- Jump rope
- Medicine ball
If you’re looking for more extensive equipment to spice up your workout routine every now and then, you can consider purchasing some bulkier and pricier items. These can include:
- Exercise bike
- Power rack
- Rowing machine
Holiday Health with Vastland Communities
The holiday season shouldn’t bring you stress and anxiety about maintaining a certain weight or restricting your diet. Instead, it should bring joy and light. Set small goals and try to obtain them by working out at home in your Vastland Communities townhome. Working out just 15-minutes a day can help you feel good about divulging sweets and a plethora of seasonal foods while enjoying the company of your friends and family.
We want all of our residents to feel comfortable in their home and make the most of the space they live in. With our high ceilings and spacious floorplans, you’re able to workout with ease. When you choose Vastland Communities, you’re not just choosing a luxury property, you’re choosing yourself—which is what you should be doing each and every day.
Our Home is Your Home
Vastland Community has been providing residents with high-quality, affordable living in great and reliable neighborhoods since 1995. Our maintenance-free move-in-ready homes allow you to live a life of effortless leisure. If you’re ready to make the move to one of Nashville’s most coveted townhome communities, contact us today.