Video Tip Week 5: Fitness in the Home
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Watch this week's video tip below to see Blythe Hiss demonstrate some creative ways to increase your activity at home.
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Many individuals have a difficult time getting out into the community to access recreation and fitness activities. Whether it is an environmental issue such as weather or transportation, or an issue of not being comfortable in a gym or fitness facility, a natural alternative is being active at home. This can be an easy, safe and rewarding endeavor for both you and your family. Today I have some items that are commonly found in your home, that you can use to be active.
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Aerobics can be done at home with a video or just with your favorite music. If you are doing a video, you may need or want the routine to be taught, or described by a partner if you have a visual impairment, until you feel more comfortable with the movements, but eventually you can do it independently (if you want, though, sometimes it's more fun with a partner). NCHPAD does have a video list that you can access online (Exercise Video List). If you can't find one that you like or you don't want to spend the money to purchase one, browse internet sites like youtube.com to see if there are video clips of aerobics movements you can upload, or rent an aerobics video from the local video store. Maybe you can't find a whole video that you like, so write down some of your favorite moves from various videos or video clips and create your own. Even if a video doesn't seem to be specific to your abilities, be creative and adapt the movements. Remember, almost any movement done standing can also be done from a seated position, so don't let that stop you. For example, marching in place just using your arms can also increase your heart rate. Or keep a chair nearby so you can perform movements while holding onto it, using it to sit down if needed. Just make sure the movements are comfortable and you stay within your body's range of motion as well as targeted intensity levels using the RPE scale.
Hopefully something I've said today will spark some ideas and allow you to be creative in increasing your activity. Again, just always remember to keep the movements comfortable and stay within your body's range of motion as well as targeted intensity levels.
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