The world may be in quarantine but it doesn't mean you can't stay fit and active. In this post learn 7 simple ways to be active during COVID.
With the Coronavirus being a major topic of discussion in 2020, exercise is a question that often comes up as question on how to do it in the midst of a pandemic. Most will agree that exercise and generally remaining active are among the best ways to remain healthy during this pandemic. That said, even as the virus brought about several changes to the normal lifestyle with social distancing and isolation measures, you should find alternative ways of remaining active throughout. If you need this, consider the following tips.
The Coronavirus pandemic made a good time to explore your neighborhood. Most social places, including public gym facilities, closed as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse for not being active during the pandemic. Take advantage and use the fresh air to exercise. You can consider neighborhood walks on new paths to maintain your workout routine.
Jogging and biking are great exercise options if you want to work on your cardio. What makes these exercises best for this period is because they can be pursued outdoors, be it in the nature trails or city streets. Jogging and biking help burn calories, improve cardio health, build muscles, and promote weight loss. Remember to observe the WHO guidelines on social distancing when outdoors.
Hiking can certainly be intimidating, but a great way to immerse in nature, workout, recharge your social battery, and an excellent way to remain active during this pandemic. Some of the health benefits of hiking include reduced risks of developing heart diseases, regulates blood pressure, better body balance, and improved muscle strength.
HIIT workouts are the best, safe, and overly effective exercises to build strength at home. Besides keeping you busy, high-intensity interval training has many health benefits. These exercises can boost metabolism, reduce blood sugar levels, and improve blood pressure. They are also better compared to traditional cardio in eliminating stubborn belly fat. The best thing about these exercises is that you don’t have to do them daily.
Most fitness enthusiasts believe that cardio alone is enough workout option. While this is partly true, adding weights to your workout routine is an essential part of strength training. Since the gyms are not an available option, you should find weight lifting alternatives at home.
While bodyweight exercises help develop muscular, cardio, and respiratory endurance, weight lifting is essential for those who want to add strength and build muscle mass. You can use dumbbells, bottles of wine, or bands to achieve your weight lifting routine.
Among the exercise routines that surged in popularity during the pandemic is indoor biking exercises, otherwise known as Peleton. Buying your Peleton bike is the best alternative for fitness enthusiasts who enjoyed cycling classes at the gym. However, for utmost comfort, ensure that you find the right Peleton bike. Quality seats, comfortable pedals, and a good drive system characterize the best bikes.
Bodyweight exercises are a no-equipment workout that can be done easily at home. The routine involves several exercises that can strengthen your stride, legs, core, and even the upper body. You can incorporate several exercises, ranging from walking lounge, air squat, single-leg bridge, backward lunge, plyo lunge, Bulgarian split squat, and single-leg half squat, among others.
The Coronavirus pandemic has upended the normal lives of many in unimaginable ways. Even as all the facets of your daily routine were affected, you should find ways of remaining physically active during this period. Maintaining physical activity and being diligent to be active during COVID can help in boosting your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
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