Lockdown has been a real challenge for everyone. And perhaps how you keep fit during the pandemic isn’t uppermost in your mind. But maybe it should be.
Besides worrying about the virus itself, we are also confronted with money worries, job concerns, and the stress and sadness of having to stay away from loved ones. The result is that we all feel a little stressed, sad, and frustrated.
While there is no simple fix to having these kinds of feelings, it has been scientifically proven time and time again that exercise is great for your mental well-being as well as your physical health. And, with everything that is going on at the moment, it is essential that you do everything you can to protect both of these.
If you are looking to get fitter or maintain your current fitness levels during the lockdowns and periods of isolation, there are plenty of ways of doing it. And they do not necessarily involve going to the gym or attending non-existent fitness classes. Let’s take a look at some ways to keep fit during the pandemic.
Use what you have in your house
If you have a garage or a spare room, perhaps you could buy a Boxing Bag or a treadmill, which is relatively easy to find second hand or a set of weights. You have your very own gym at home. Even when the pandemic is over, you can save yourself a fortune by working out at home instead of paying for expensive gym memberships.
If you do not have the room or the finances to kit out a room, do not worry – there are still plenty of things you can do. Full drinks bottles or bags of tins can double up as weights, your bottom step on the stairs can be a step trainer, and so on.
Put your running shoes on, grab your headphones and head outdoors. A run around your local neighborhood or a brisk walk can do wonders, not just for your physical health but to clear your head too. If allowed where you live, partner up with a friend and see if you can set new personal bests.
Build exercise into your everyday life
If you live in an apartment or work above the ground floor, instead of taking the lift to get there, why not take the stairs? When you go shopping, park your car at the furthest end of the car park and walk over. If you catch the bus, get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. It does not sound much, but these little moments can soon add up when you have to keep fit during the pandemic.
Thanks to people like Joe Wickes, there is plenty of home work out videos available on YouTube for people of all ages, mobility, and fitness levels. If an aerobics type workout is not your thing, why not look for an online dance class to follow or yoga? You could get the whole family involved!
To keep fit during the pandemic you don’t have to go the gym or fitness classes. It can be just as easy – if not more so – to do it at home.