In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every single person in the world. For many of us, we struggle to find ways to be active when we’re encouraged to stay at home. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to get fit and stay active when you can’t leave the house.
From leisurely strolls to puppy presses, anyone can stay active during this pandemic. All it takes is a little bit of creativity, dedication, and hard work. Before you know it, your days of mindlessly streaming TV shows and strenuously working from home will be behind you.
Incorporating just a little bit of extra physical activity into your daily routine will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get things done.
Here’s how you can be physically active while in quarantine!
Get Creative with Equipment
With the majority of gyms still closed, we’re forced to find other ways to workout, but most people have little-to-no fitness equipment at home. So what can they do to get fit?
Many have turned to bodyweight training as a realistic alternative. While bodyweight training does offer opportunities for progression and overload, it can get a bit boring. Adding some extra resistance can make progression simple and your workouts more fun!
Even if you don’t have any dedicated fitness equipment, odds are you have some DIY equipment lying around the house. Milk jugs, textbooks, and even pets can add some interesting and productive resistance to any home workout!
Do Active Chores
Doing chores can be tedious. Fortunately, doing chores that require you to move around can help you get fit and stay active too! When planning out your chores, try to find a few that will challenge you to be active.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Vacuuming works your arms, keeps you moving around the house, and can burn more than 100 calories per half hour.
- Moving furniture will work your whole body and burn about 100 calories in only 15 minutes of work!
- Gardening will you get outside with the sun and the fresh air; you can even burn between 200 and 400 calories per hour.
Consistently doing chores will keep your home clean and functioning smoothly. However, chores can also help you get fit and stay active when you can’t leave the house.
Take Part in a Fitness Challenge
Whether it be doing planks or pushups, there’s a fitness challenge out there to help you achieve your goals. There’s no better time to challenge yourself than when you’re at home!
You can even ask a friend to participate in a challenge with you, and the two of you can get fit together! This will keep you physically and socially active — even if you can’t work out with your friend in-person.
Interrupt Work to Do Something Active
When you’re working from home, it’s way too easy to sit down for work at 9 in the morning and not get back up until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. While you may have felt super productive for working all day, it can take a serious toll on your body.
At the end of the day, your brain will be worn out from working for so long, your eyes will be strained from staring at a screen all day, and your health will suffer from being sedentary for several hours.
In order to prevent this, try to take breaks throughout the workday. Step away from the computer and move your body. You can do a short exercise circuit, get some yoga in, or even just go outside for a leisurely stroll. As long as your breaks keep you active and interrupt bouts of work, they will help you get fit and stay healthy.
Get Some Fresh Air & Social Distance
Although our lives have been largely overshadowed by a pandemic right now, we can still go outside. In fact, fresh air and sunlight will keep you strong and feeling good — all by producing vitamin D.
Whether you go out for a run, a walk, or simply to stand outside and absorb some sunlight, be sure to maintain appropriate social distance. There’s no reason why you can’t get fit and stay safe at the same time.
Get Fit in Quarantine
Staying at home is tough, but staying active doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of easy ways to be active and get fit during a lockdown.
Getting creative with equipment, doing active chores, and breaking up your workday are just a few of the many ways to ward off inactivity.
How are you staying active during quarantine? Let us know in the comments!