One of the best parts of a home workout is that it gives you the chance to juggle things around the house (or wherever else you happen to be) while also tending to your health and fitness. Doing yoga at home is no exception! While you stream an online yoga class — we may be biased, but we think bulldog online offers the best online yoga out there — you can check other things off your to-do list. This means you’ll have fewer excuses than ever to skip a session of yoga at home!
Some multitasking opportunities might be specific to you, but here are five activities that we think almost anyone can do while also streaming an online class and doing yoga at home. Happy multitasking, bulldoggers!
1. Do laundry.
We’ve all gotta wear clothes, and no matter how careful we are to keep things neat, those clothes get dirty. We won’t get into the details, but you catch our drift. We all know how it goes.
Laundry might not be your favorite chore, but if you play it right, it can give you a valuable stretch of free time to get other things done. Once you pop those clothes into the washing machine or dryer, it’s your moment to multitask! Roll out your mat, cue up a yoga class, and give yourself the gift of yoga at home.
By the time your clothes are clean, you’ll have worked up a nice sweat and reaped some of the health benefits of yoga! Plus, you’ll have some new workout gear to add to your next load of laundry. It’s a cycle — and it will work great with your yoga at home routine.
2. Get your family moving.
All too often, we hear people say that one of the things most keeping them from doing yoga at home is the responsibility they feel to their family. “I don’t have time to exercise! My kids are the priority! I need to be around to do things with them!”
Well, we’re here to help you kick that excuse to the curb. Buh-bye!
One of the best things about doing yoga at home is that you can actually get your family — including your kiddos! — involved. Invite your littles to step away from other kinds of screens and try online yoga with you! Even if they can’t follow the flow exactly, it will give them a chance to get moving and you a chance to get the fitness time that you so deserve. Multitasking at its finest!
(Also, if your kids happen to be occupied with other things — homework, screen time, etc. — you should totally give yourself permission to use that time for yoga at home. Just sayin’.)
3. Cook dinner.
Some recipes might not allow for you to practice yoga at home while you cook… but if you’re making something that requires a longer period of cooking time, there’s no reason you can’t do a little yoga at home while you wait for the buzzer to go off!
Our bulldog online classes are available for streaming wherever you are — literally — so you can even have your yoga at home practice right there in the kitchen, making it easy for you to check on the meal along the way. And if you don’t get through the whole flow before dinner hits the table, that’s okay! You can always come back and finish up the next time you’re in the kitchen.
4. Hang out with friends.
We’re big fans of turning yoga at home into a party around here, and not only because few things sound more fun than getting groovy on a yoga mat with friends in the comfort of your own home! Hosting your pals for a little yoga at home also allows you to multitask, since you won’t have to sacrifice QT with your loved ones in order to get a workout in.
Make yoga at home a group activity so you can socialize and get fit at the same time! Invite friends and family members from your quarantine pod to join you for an online class outside, where everyone can stay socially distant. You can also throw a remote yoga party by sending a link to your favorite bulldog online class to your “guests” along with a Zoom or Google Hangout link and asking everyone to start their yoga at home practice at the same time! Stick around after your sweat session to chat and catch up.
5. Get your self care in.
Multitasking is great, but there’s also something to be said for being present in whatever activity you’re doing at any given moment. We know that busy schedules don’t always allow for this, but we encourage you to use yoga at home for self care as much as possible… and to count that as multitasking.
According to Wright State University, self care is “the active participation of enhancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and quality of life.” Self care is at its best when it includes physical, mental, and emotional elements. Yoga at home definitely fits the bill there!