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Move it! Five ways to stay fit while staying at home

This just in from the Sotheby's International Realty Extraordinary Living blog: It’s long been known that being sedentary is linked to chronic disease. With many around the world working from home and gyms temporarily closed, it’s easy for even those who previously led a very active lifestyle to slide into one much less so. Here are five ways to keep moving and stay fit, right from the comfort of your own home.

There’s an app for that

Fitness and mobile or wearable devices have gone hand-in-hand for quite some time now, with apps such as LoseItJohnson & Johnson’s 7-Minute Workout and countless others in both the App Store and Google Play Store. There are plenty of apps to help you manage your caloric intake, inspire you with workout routines and much more.

The social media challenge

It can be hard to stay motivated on your own — especially if you’re accustomed to feeding off the energy that a gym or class can provide. Just because you’re removed from that environment doesn’t mean you have to disconnect. Take for instance the #pushupchallenge on Instagram: Film yourself doing pushups and tag friends, to challenge them and keep them moving. Or, get creative and start your own challenge! There’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition.

Go virtual

Companies such as PelotonMirror and now SoulCycle are ready to bring the full-body workout into your living room with their in-home equipment and subscription-based models that offer live and on-demand classes, to best fit your needs. If you prefer a little more Zen with your workout, CorePower Yoga is also offering free access to their OnDemand service while their studios are closed.

Try something new

Listlessness and boredom can be the doom of any fitness routine — especially if you feel your options are limited. Now is the time to try something new. Try a type of workout outside of your comfort zone: Gamify your fitness with the likes of Nintendo’s Ring Fit or even Just Dance. Speaking of dance, why don’t you take a free virtual dance class? The Ballet Coach is offering live and on-demand classes for kids and adults through her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.

Think outside the living room

Even with social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines in effect, ducking outside for a solo run or hike is a viable solution for your fitness fix. When the weather is right, your body will thank you for the much-needed sunshine and fresh air. Staying fit is a challenge — even more so when under stress — but by caring for your body, you’re taking steps to shore up your overall health. Here are five more ways to keep your body and mind healthy while working from home.

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