Stuck at home without much to do? Don’t let the stress and monotony get the better of you. While the times are stressful, you can do a lot to stay active and happy at home instead of letting yourself sulk into the distress of the current situation.
A lot of us are even worried about missing our workout sessions, sports classes, etc and even though it may sound counterintuitive, there's a lot of sports and activities that can be done indoors. The best thing to do right now is to keep yourself busy and active to stay cheerful and look after your body at the same time. While it's normal to start binge-watching shows or sit glued to your laptop during times like this, we strongly recommend you move around a bit more, play a few sports and you're bound to feel a lot better physically and mentally.
Here's a list of activities and sports that can be easily done indoors. Choose one, two or ten from the list and you're all set for this quarantine.
1. Carrom -
Most of us have a carrom board lying around somewhere collecting dust and if not, this might be a good time to invest in one. To play the traditional, two-player game, both the opponents will be seated on each side of the board opposite to each other. Carrom can also be played with four people playing as teams of two. While you're able to pass a big amount of time playing the game, you're also simultaneously building on your cognitive and focus skills.
2. Backyard Football -
Whether you have a small backyard or you're using your living room as a backyard, just place a foldable Kipsta Cage and you're all set for the day practicing your scoring or goalkeeping skills.
3. Table Tennis -
So table tennis essentially is an indoor sport but you don't necessarily need a table tennis table. Turn any table (including your dining table) in a table tennis table with the help of a roll-net that attaches to any table or even better if you don't have a partner, play wall table tennis by hitting the wall back and forth with the help of a wall.
4. Hoola Hooping -
Hoola Hoops - this simple piece of equipment can boost the fun factor in your fitness routine and give you an excellent workout at the same time. This could actually be a good time to learn the very-popular Hoola Hoops which you can show off to your friends and family after.
This workout method is also an entertaining activity that is easy to use and provides you with as much customization as you want with the options like walking, running, incline and elevation.
6. Basement Skateboarding -
Being stuck indoors with a skateboard or even inline skates can be quite a terrible feeling but here's a good idea. Head to the basement of your building which is usually cement floors and skateboard away to glory. Since nobody's really leaving their house, you won't have many cars disturbing you there.
7. Indoor Basketball -
Is is the best time to perfect your shooting skills. Don't use a bucket maybe, try to get hold of an indoor hoop and you're pretty much set for the day.
8. Fun with archery -
There are so many things you can do with archery, preferably if you have a backyard or a long hall. Google some interesting games with archery like dizzy archery, into the basket archery etc.
9. Yoga -
In the modern era of technology, it is important to calm the mind. The beauty of activities like yoga is that you can do it anywhere to reap the benefits, that too without equipment. Whatever your age or fitness, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body.
10. Dance -
Dedicate a half-hour in the evening to just put on some music and Dance. Usually, when we stay home all day, evenings can get pretty restless. If you use this time to energize yourself and also spend some energy, you'll feel better mentally and also get good sleep at night.
11. Darts –
This fun, dart-throwing game to play at home is fun for all age groups. Each dartboard is the same, and it is numbered from 1 - 20 in non-sequential order. It is very simple to play darts; you throw a small dart onto different parts of the board, counting your points as you go, with different rings corresponding to different points.
12. Spot Jogging -
Missing your running sessions? Try some spot jogging, it's really helpful to build up your stamina and also prevent you from getting disconnected with your running routine.
Since you’re probably spending a lot of time working, it’s better to exercise your spine simultaneously and you from those horrible backaches from sitting too long. And it's also fun to keep bouncing a little while you work.
This is a great indoor sport to play at home which works out the whole body with all the twisting and turning. Your heart rate will increase from the bouncing while also improving balance and coordination.
We know that nothing replaces a nice ride across town but you could use this time to train for your races or even long-distance rides from home using a home trainer. It will also give you the much-needed exercise you've been missing.
Ultimately, any sport at home will lead to keeping you healthy and happy while staying home. Write in the comments below how you've been keeping yourself active during this time or any other suggestions you'd like to share with our readers.
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