4 Tips for Working Out While Staying In

4 Tips for Working Out While Staying In
Most people are excited about returning to the gym, but not me. I never stopped exercising. I’m going on three months of home workouts. In mid-March, I had decided to work out from home long before my governor issued stay-at-home orders. I didn’t want to expose myself to the children and teens who would be infiltrating the "dojang," a Korean martial arts school, during spring break. I could have taken a week off from exercising, but I knew if I did, I would work straight through the day without taking a break from my remote job. Also, I had to lose weight to ward off what my hepatologist feared was the onset of fatty liver disease. Transitioning to a home workout wasn’t difficult. In the past, I preferred to exercise at home rather than join a gym, especially when my Crohn’s was severe. All I need are a goal, a schedule, a routine, and space. Tip #1: Set a goal As I mentioned, my primary goal is to lose weight. According to John Hopkins Medicine, a 10% loss of weight can decrease liver enzyme numbers and the inflammation associated with fatty liver disease. For me, that meant losing 10 to 15 pounds, which was the amount of weight I had gained when my hepatologist noticed my liver enzymes rising. To date, I’ve lost 13 pounds. Another goal I’ve set is the number of steps I take while exercising. I aim for 4,000 to 5,000 steps during my workout. If I don’t reach the minimum, I’ll cool down longer and walk until I meet my target. In addition to physical goals, I’ve set mental objectives. An important component of martial arts is forms. Forms are choreographed moves that simulate fighting. As a black belt, I not only continue to learn new forms on the right side (offense), but I also have to learn those same forms on the left side (defense)
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