Exercising and staying fit during a pandemic can be a challenge. Exercise can not only keep you physically healthy , but can also improve our mental health. Unfortunately, many of us rely on services like gyms, yoga studios, spin classes, and organized sports to incorporate exercise into our schedule. With most of these services shut down for the time being or facing major changes once reopened, many are looking closer to home for ways to stay active.
There are a number of benefits to working out at home like no travel time and being able to watch your favourite TV show or blasting your best tunes while breaking a sweat. Thanks to the internet and the free amenities just outside our doors, there are plenty of options for staying active close to home.
Thankfully, the nicer weather has come and is on our side when it comes to working on our cardiovascular health. Go for a walk or jog through the neighbourhood and enjoy the sun, take a nice long bike ride, or go for a hike in one of the many open NCC trails. Of course, respect social distancing while outside and around others and stay home if you’re experiencing any symptoms or not feeling well.
If you’re one of the lucky people to have an in-home gym, you’re all set! Unfortunately that is not the reality for most, but that shouldn’t stop you! Using simple and inexpensive free weights or resistance bands can provide you with an abundance of workout options to keep your muscles strong. Don’t have access to those either? No worries! You can use your own body weight as resistance to exercise your muscle groups. The internet is filled with easy to follow at-home exercise routines using free weights, resistance bands, and your body weight.
Yoga is an equipment-free exercise that can be done just about anywhere. At home or in a park, put on some stretchy clothes, grab a mat, and you’re all set. YouTube is full of tutorials of various difficulties ranging from yoga for beginners, to yoga focused on stretching or balance, and finally power yoga for the challenge seekers. Some local studios are also offering free classes via Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.
For many the most difficult part of staying fit from home is motivation. It can be difficult to put ourselves in the right mood and find the drive without the right atmosphere. If you can, try setting up a space or an environment dedicated to your workouts. Get your equipment together in one space and put on an energizing playlist. If you’re trying yoga, light some candles and dim the lights to set the ambiance. Make it a routine, set yourself some goals, and stay accountable to them. Make the most of this time at home while staying active and enjoying our neighbourhood.