How to Stay Fit and Active During Quarantine
It was just over 30 days ago when we published our own COVID-19 safety advice blog, but so much has happened since. What a crazy month! Chances are you live in an area currently under a “Stay at Home” order. We hope you’re doing well, but we understand how tough it can be. It can get boring, lonely, and downright depressing. We want to help snap out of it and make the most of this spare time!
One of our the common excuses for not being in better shape is that we don’t have enough time. Sorry – not anymore. While you might not be able to visit your regular gym, or even your favorite outdoor park, there are still some ways to stay active at home. And you’ve got plenty of time. It’s important that you engage in some of these activities, because it’s times when we’re feeling down or anxious that we need exercise the most.
We told you about how just 20 minutes of exercise per day can add years to your life, and given examples for those dealing with chronic pain. Now we’re going to share some of the ways you can stay fit and active during quarantine. Spring is here, so let’s get a head start on that Summer body – Coronavirus can’t stop you!
Take a Walk
It doesn’t get much easier than this. If you’ve already started taking more walks (or were walking even before the virus) then skip ahead. If not, it’s time to start! The stay at home orders in each state have varying levels of restriction, but no matter where you are you’re allowed to leave your home and walk around. Whether you can walk around your neighborhood or all around town, just walk. It’s a great way to get your blood flowing and kickstart your metabolism (which might be on pause if you’ve been binge-watching TV)
The benefit of walking is two-fold. You’ll be burning calories but also getting some fresh air. Turn off the news, log off the internet, and just take a relaxing walk. Take as long as you need. Just be sure to adhere to the social / physical distancing guidelines in your area.
BONUS – kick it up a notch and run, too! Or challenge yourself with an uphill walk!
Do an In-home Workout
This might sound more intimidating than taking a walk, but it’s not! You don’t need any fancy equipment. Sure, if you’ve got a Peleton then ride like it’s the Tour de France. If not, there are tons of simple workouts and movements that you can do in your living room that will leave you sweating.
You could search for some at-home workout videos on Youtube and follow along, or make up your own routine. Air squats, pushups, jumping jacks, high knees, sit-ups… we could on and on. Mix up each day with a different routine. Like we mentioned above, you only need 20 minutes. Any amount of time spent exercising is better than none!
BONUS – want even more convenience? Check out some of our favorite Instagram accounts providing at-home workouts and fitness motivation:
Okay so this isn’t an activity or exercise. But your diet during this rough period is as important as ever. Unfortunately junk food has no sympathy for your stay at home order. Sugary snacks don’t feel bad that you’re bored. Do your best to resist the urge for unhealthy snacking, and you’ll feel better about yourself at the end of the day (and even more once this is over!). It’s hard enough to eat healthy during normal times, but with the stress and boredom of the current situation it’s even worse.
Fight the boredom with activity (exercise, reading, drawing, something!) and fight anxiety by turning off the TV and realizing that everything is going to be ok. Call a friend and reconnect. You’re not alone. Continue following instructions on how to stay healthy and understand that your life will go back to normal 🙂
Learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If you’re experiencing symptoms and want to get tested, the CDC website will guide you on how to proceed.
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