Mental Health

Working out at home while on quarantine. My minimalist gym

So many of us these days are trying to stay productive despite quarantine. All of the sudden we got more time than we have probably ever had (at least in our adult life), and I think we all use this time in different ways: someone is trying to do as much as possible, while others are taking this time to reflect and know ourselves a little bit better. Productivity has become so important for us that very often it defines our self-worth. This blogpost is not about the problematic aspects of productivity, so I am going to write about it later some time.

As I mentioned before, working out is incredibly important for my mental and physical health. Before quarantine me and my partner religiously attended two gyms: one - for cardio and strength, another one - for climbing. Even though I try not to push myself too hard because my chronic pain can become even worse if I exercise too much, fitness is a big part of my life.

While on quarantine I am mostly focusing on yoga. Recently I started to incorporate some strength exercises as well, mostly for my back and for my core. 

Today I want to share with you how we created a comfortable space for workouts, that doesn't take a lot from the living room, but has everything we can possibly need. It is suitable for the workouts me and my partner usually do. 

Recovery and relaxation

It is important to designate a special place in your home for relaxation. In my nighttime routine blogpost I am sharing my step by step guide for a good night sleep. I suffer from chronic back pain, so I use foam roller to massage my back. I also have a heating pad (not pictured), that I love to use while reading or meditating. It does really help relieve my muscle tension. 

I do not think there is a need for an expensive mat (I might be wrong), I found the one I have in Walmart, and it does work well for me. I still think that having a mat is important. I tried to do yoga on a carpet or a floor, it was a nightmare.

I prefer to mediate on the mat instead of the bed. 

I don't use any paid services to help me exercise. I try to save money as much as I can, so I use free videos on YouTube for yoga and guided meditation (I use a free version of an app called Pzizz sometimes). For both purposes I highly recommend Boho Beautiful channel. 

Using elastic band can be good for stretching.

Strength

I don't use any paid apps for strength exercises. At the end of the day I think there is nothing new under the sun: same old exercises that worked 5 years ago still work today. Maybe some paid apps are not a bad idea, but like I said, I am into saving money and spending it on something that is more important to me. 

I usually do body weight exercises but recently my partner bought these "bad boys", and I am in love! These dumbbells do not take whole bunch of space, and you can adjust them to the weight you prefer (I do 10 pounds each for now). 

So, this is my small minimalist gym. Even though everyone is different, I would like to say that it doesn't really matter how much equipment you have and how many fitness programs you subscribed to. Being consistent, finding way to do some kind of body movement every day and stretching do not require you to spend any money but are incredibly important for your physical and mental health.