Exercising During Quarantine
Transforming your home into a healthy space
Mustering up the motivation to workout is hard enough when life is normal. It’s even harder when the only gym you have is your home.
With coronavirus keeping everyone at home and sedentary, it’s important to find ways to exercise despite the lack of resources to do so. Staying fit from home might not always be ideal, but it is possible.
Here are some tips to living a healthy lifestyle without leaving the house:
Designate a workout area
Whether it’s the garage, spare room or patio, create a designated area for your workouts. Associating an area in your home with exercise will make it easier to get through an at-home workout.
Buy workout items
If you don’t already have some of the basic items you need to exercise from the comfort of your own home, online shop for some. Amazonhas affordable workout gear, and Dick’s Sporting Goodsis offering curbside pickup.
Some workout items to purchase:
- Punching Bag
- Weight Bench
- Pull up bar
- Yoga mat
- Resistance bands
- Speed bag
- Agility ladder
If you don’t want to buy workout items, use everyday household items as exercise equipment. For a step up, use a chair. Run up and down your stairs for cardio. For weights, grab some milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, a filled backpack or cans. Use a towel as a resistance band. Or just use your body!
Use free workout videos/apps
During quarantine, several gyms and fitness companies are offering free workout videos or trials. Here are some options:
- Orangetheory: Free at-home workouts
- Peloton: 90-day free app trial
- Nike Training Club:Free access to the service, featuring over 185 workouts
- Gold’s Gym: Free access to its digital personal training app, Gold’s AMP, and free on-demand workout videos
- Anytime Fitness:Free daily workout videos via their Facebook page
- YMCA: Free at-home workouts
Exercising during quarantine is crucial to staying healthy, mentally and physically, but don’t forget to eat healthy too. Even while staying home all day, your body needs proper nutrients. While it’s easier, safer and supportive to order take out from local restaurants, make sure you have groceriestoo. And don’t get too carried away with those quarantine snacks!
Live a healthy and active lifestyle during quarantine — your future summer body will thank you.