Fabulous Ways to Stay Active Indoors

Staying active is vitally important to your health.  The current recommendation is to exercise and get your heart pumping for at least 150 minutes per week.  This can help strengthen your immune system and ward off diseases and infections.

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During March 2020, I have been celebrating Nutrition Month with blog articles on food topics.  I posted about Eating while Taking Tamoxifen, Dietary Fiber and Foods that Boost Immunity.  We are still in March, but I wanted to take a break from nutrition topics to chat about the importance of exercise. 

I know many of you are on Shelter In Place orders right now.  Being restricted to your home doesn’t mean you should not exercise.  Exercise is equally important to your health as eating healthy whole foods is.

Let’s explore some ideas on how to keep moving and workout at home. 


Yoga is a great way to exercise, limber up your body, relax your mind and boost immunity.  Numerous scientific studies support yoga as an activity that can help reduce stress and lower risks for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. 

Anyone can do yoga.  It doesn’t matter if you are flexible or not.  I am certainly not flexible.  I run and that tightens up muscles and reduces flexibility.  It is important for runners to be aware that tight muscles and lower flexibility can lead to injury.  We need to do some cross-training activities that will improve flexibility.  Yoga is one of the recommended techniques to help runners.  Let me tell you one of my stories about this.

A little story about yoga and running

I was developing a knee issue when I was training for my marathon in 2019.  I saw my doctor and my chiropractor about it.  What was happening was my quads and hamstrings were tighter from the extra distances.  As I ran, the tight muscles were pulling on my knee ligament and causing inflammation of my tibial tuberosity, where the ligament attaches. 

I stretched and rolled, went for chiro treatments and deep tissue massage.  None of these things were helping.  Then I read an article about benefits of yoga for runners.  I started practicing a basic yoga routine.  And my knee got better. 

Ideas for Yoga at Home

I have a basic yoga DVD that I love to do at home.  But there are some great online videos that you can stream. 

Check these YouTube yoga channels out…

Be, in the World Yoga

Yoga With Bird

Yoga with Adriene

Body Weight Exercises

Strengthening muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones are important for your overall health too.  Strength conditioning has been shown to boost immunity, help battle cancer, prevent osteoporosis and help prevent injury for other sports, including running. 

When you can’t go to the gym and if you don’t have the equipment at home, you can still do strength conditioning workouts at home.  Body weight exercises are a fantastic way to build strength.  Many trainers, body builders, and kinesiologist recommend them even when you can go to a gym. 

Cardio Routines

When the experts talk about 150 minutes per week of exercise, what they are really talking about is cardio exercise.  These are activities that get your heart rate up, your blood pumping and your breathing faster.  These are key activities that keep you healthy and help prevent disease. 

Doing cardio activities at home can be tremendous fun.  The rest of my article here are all activities that get your heart pumping and classify as cardio.  Let’s get started.

Check out these great cardio workouts

If you want to do some cardio that feels like you had a workout, both mentally and physically, then check these out.

A Fun Walking Workout For Beginners by Lo Paige Fit

Workouts by POPSUGAR Fitness for all levels


Just walking inside and around your house can be a great cardio activity.  But just walking around indoors can be rather boring.  If you can continue to go for walks outside, even just around your neighborhood even better.

Walking outside allows you to breathe in fresh air and get some sunshine.  Walking in nature, in among trees, has been shown to have added immune boosting health benefits.  A walk by yourself can allow time for self reflection and stress reduction.  A solo walk can be great for both body and mind.


Not everyone has a stair climber or elliptical machine.  But if you do, that is a fantastic workout. 

If you are house bound but have some stairs to climb, that’s perfect.  Climbing stairs is both a cardio and leg strength workout.  Focusing on taking each step at a time can help with boredom of just pacing back and forth indoors too. 

A stepper workout can be a fun cardio exercise.


If you are one of the lucky ones that has a treadmill at home, check out my post on 12 Fun Ways to Workout on a Treadmill


Go ahead, crank up the tunes and just dance. Dancing is a fantastic cardio workout. 

Don’t know how to dance?  Well check these tutorials out for some fun dance moves.  When you can be with your friends again, you are sure to impress them with your moves.   

Beginner Dance Tutorials

Dance Tutorials Live

Dance can be a fun workout too.  Zumba and Dancercise are some fabulous workouts that will definitely get your heart rate up. Try these…

Zumba Dance Fitness

10 Minute Dancercise for Beginners with Madhuri Dixit

House Cleaning & De-cluttering

Wait!  What? Why is house cleaning on this list?  

Well, house cleaning can actually be a great cardio and strength workout.  Think about it.  You are lifting things, such as boxes or furniture.  You are pushing things, such as vacuums and mops.  Reaching, bending, stretching and squatting are some other good moves your body does when you house clean and de-clutter. 

Decluttering and cleaning really is a fantastic and productive way to exercise.  Just remember to take breaks and don’t over do it.  You can get injured and too tired by doing too much at once.  It is important to pace yourself. 

Games that Keep You Active

Not interested in any of these solo workouts?  Want something even more fun?  Sheltering in place with a family member? 

Check out this list of games that keep you active.  And yes, even adults can have fun playing hide & seek and having pillow fights.  These aren’t just for kids.

Try these fun cardio activities with a family member that you are sheltering in place with. 


Dust off that old game console and play one of the games that get you up off the couch. 


Twister is a great game for stretching and strength exercises.

Musical Chairs

Set up the kitchen chairs, crank some tunes and have some fun.  Reminisce your childhood with this fun game that even adults can play.   Incorporate it with some of the dance moves you learned from above. 

The Floor Is Lava

Adults can play The Floor Is Lava game. It will get you moving as you move from stepping stone to stepping stone.

Plastic Bottle Bowling

Do you have some empty plastic bottles laying around?  Set them up to play 5 pin bowling in a hallway.  Use a soft ball or wadded up newspaper ball to knock them down. 


Charades can get quite physical. You need to act out the clues for your team mates to guess the word or phrase. It can be a workout.


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  1. Great list! Playing any games with kids is always a work out! It’s amazing how much energy they have and they’ll whip you into shape in no time! Thanks for sharing this great list! It’ll come in handy with the cold days ahead.

  2. Some excellent suggestions for keeping active and fit indoors at while at home. We enjoy our Elliptical for cardio and daily walks, together with light yoga, stretching and weights. Great Post! 🙂

  3. This is an excellent blog post. There are a lot of great ideas here to keep active. Thanks also for adding us to your list under yoga. We appreciate this!

  4. Trying to move more & get out to walk on nice days! Oh and I do try to dance a little. These tips will definitely help!

  5. these are great tips! Isn’t it funny how most everyone used to look for the time they needed to de-clutter, go through their garage, or clean out their tup aware drawers? And now we have the time we need to get into a fitness routine, clean & organize our homes… etc. This is a good way to spend some time. I’m working on household projects I had put to the side so it’s nice to be able to do something I wouldn’t have time for otherwise.

  6. Great blog post. Very informative. Especially in the midst of the coronavirus commotion that is plaguing the world. With so much fear mongering, it is great to see that you can still be active indoors. I love yoga. It is one of my favorites. Tai Chi Chuan is also great along with strength training.

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