Ways to keep mentally and physically healthy without leaving the house

Some people don’t like to go out running, and some people find it difficult to leave the house. Fortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t stay physically fit and healthy. There are some misconceptions about the impact of staying at home, and while it is important to try and spend some time outside, this isn’t a prerequisite for staying healthy in mind and body.

There have been some interesting studies regarding gaming and the fact that it can get your heart racing – maybe you can even ditch some of the workouts. Of course, some games are designed to help you to stay fit, and encourage you to exercise and interact with the game.

More of us are spending more time at home, including taking our jobs mobile and embracing working from home. Let’s dive into some of the best ways to stay mentally and physically healthy that don’t involve leaving the house.

Do chores and jobs around the house

It’s not the most fun of all the tips on our list. However, this has both physical and mental benefits. By walking around the house, getting the jobs done in your home, you can ensure you’re getting some steps in and getting the blood pumping around your body.

If you’re spending a lot of time around the house, you will also want it to be a pleasant and tidy environment, which means that it is worth taking the time to do the chores you have been putting off. You’ll feel better after.

Get plenty of light

Getting enough light is crucial for both physical and mental health. It is one of the most effective ways to get vitamin D into your system, which is something we all need.

On top of that, not getting enough light can actually be a trigger for depression and conditions such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), so it can be damaging to your mental health if you do not get plenty of light. Spend some time outside, even if just in your yard or on a roof terrace, as this will help to boost your mood and your physical condition.

Get delicious, nutritious food delivered

If you are spending a lot of time at home or indoors, getting food delivered can help to create a feeling of an event, or give you something to look forward to. Who doesn’t love a delicious meal to warm the soul? 

You can get so many different types of food delivered these days, including hearty, authentic Italian food, so there is no need to stick to greasy food that may be a short-term comfort but ultimately will do very little for your physical or mental health. 

Do things with friends

A social life is not something to forego when you are spending time at home, and it is vital that you make sure you are still making time for your friends. Invite people over, or if not practical, you can play games with them online, or just chat over FaceTime or Zoom. 

People foregoing social contact are at increased risk of slipping into depression. Try to avoid becoming isolated, particularly if you are spending lots of time in your own home or indoors.

Learn yoga

You don’t even have to be self-conscious about it in your own home. There are a variety of different YouTube teachers showing you everything you need to know about yoga positions, from the absolute basics to more advanced techniques.

Physically, yoga can be very good for you, and help with flexibility and agility. It can also help with mindfulness techniques and be great for the mind and mental state.

Get some exercise equipment for the home

Getting your body moving is great for your physical state, can help you to lose weight and even boost your confidence and release happy chemicals into your body.

There’s no need to spend a fortune, and sometimes just an exercise mat and some weights can be enough to get started with a workout. There are plenty of YouTube workout videos you can follow, too. 

A lot of people feel self-conscious when it comes to exercising outside the house or going for a run, so at-home exercise is a good solution.


Taking care of your body and mind is something that every single person has to consider. Even if you’re spending most of your time indoors, there are many different ways to give yourself a mental and physical boost.




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