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Gyms are closed and many states are being told as a whole to #FlattenTheCurve and stay at home. It’s the norm now to self-isolate and practice social distancing as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus aka The Rona aka Miss. Rona since she demands to be respected as an authority).
It is hard to stay active when most normal activities are now seen as high-risk. But don’t use this as an excuse to start slacking (also it’s good to keep your mind busy right now)! Take this time of being quarantined and told to stay home from work to actually stick to your guns!
Time waits for no one, girl! And once this pandemic finally comes to an end you need to be ready and feeling your best! Show Miss. Rona who’s boss and make the most out of these hard times that we’re all living through right now.
Check out some of my techniques below to stay active and keep up with your fitness routine during this pandemic:
- At-Home Workouts
The easiest thing you can do to stay is to just work out in your own home! Contrary to popular belief, you do not need weights (but if you have them then use them, girl!)!
You can actually get a good workout in just by using what you have around your house or looking up some 30-day fitness challenges!
The cool thing about the 30-day fitness challenges are that these workouts only have 1 set of workouts written out for each day. They take about 5-10 minutes to complete so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of your day.
If you’re feeling up to it, you can repeat the same workout over and over throughout the day to really feel the burn!
I love doing 30-day fitness challenges on my off-days that I’m not doing one of my Fight Camp workouts (or need something less intense). Fight Camp is an at-home boxing gym that I purchased because I HATE working out in public places and seeing everyone I know (I know I’m not the only one who wants to just sweat their a** off with no interruptions).
All I did was purchase the monthly subscription ($39/month), punching bag, boxing gloves, punch trackers, and hand wraps. The starting costs totaled to around $1,000 but the punching bag ate up most of that.
After that, I downloaded the app and BOOM! ALL of their workout videos are FREE and updated weekly so you can always have a fresh, new workout! After the one-time payment of buying the products, the monthly subscription costs me about $10-$20/month less than gym membership.
With Fight Camp, I choose my intensity of the workout and workout as much as I want in the comforts of my own home! I would tell you more but I’ll give you a more thorough review of Fight Camp soon 🙂 (I can literally go on all day about how I became a “pro” boxer at home)!
- Walking Around the Neighborhood
Another simple way to stay active is to take a walk around the neighborhood! I have friends who are runners (God bless their souls) and have often asked me to run…I am NOT a runner. And you don’t have to be either!
So, if you prefer to go at your own pace then do that! Being fit and staying healthy is not a race, it’s a marathon and that doesn’t change just because of quarantine (although this is definitely the time to start getting #QuaranTONED).
Walking is great cardio and with the nice weather and flowers blooming, it can be a relaxing way to get out the house, breath some fresh air, and get those steps in!
- Spring Clean Your House
It’s springtime so you know what that means…SPRING CLEANING!
It kind of goes without saying that people start to leave old TVs, mattresses, and kid’s furniture out for garbage around springtime. Winter is over and it’s time to brighten up the place but it’s also a secret way to get in a good workout!
Household chores such as gardening, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning a whole bathroom, etc. can burn at least 100 calories! Depending on the duration and intensity of the chore, you can lose about as many calories as you would at the gym!
Who knew you can clean your house and stay fit all this time (hm…maybe those 1950’s housewives were on to something, right?).
- Start Biking Like Your Inner Child Again!
Since moving into my new neighborhood, I’ve seen so many kids riding their bikes and it’s honestly been surprising! I used to love riding my bike, but I feel as if many kids don’t ride bikes anymore and the adults who do would rather go bicycling on a stationary one (I’ve dabbled in a few cycling classes myself).
But during these times that gyms are closed it’s hard to work out on a stationary bike unless you have a Peloton (very similar to Fight Camp except Fight Camp is boxing obviously, whichever fits your fancy).
Invest in a bike and go on a little adventure around your neighborhood or nearby park. I live by a little beach so it’d be a shame to waste seeing those sights everyday! Promise, you’ll get back all those feels from your childhood and get your blood pumping while you’re at it (putting a new meaning to taking a ride down memory lane)!
- Try Out a New Fitness App
I mentioned 30-day fitness challenges earlier and you can find them on Pinterest or by using their app! There’s many apps you can download to track your progress, suggest workouts, and log your meals.
I also suggest using the fitness app, Noom. I first used Noom when I lost weight my college senior year (I started at over 200 lbs. and reached my goal of 155 lbs in 4 months!)! You can do in-app purchases, but I’ve never had the need to purchase the app. The free options are enough to track your progress, log your meals, and actually see results!
Whatever you choose, keep in mind that nothing lasts without consistency. Build a routine and stay consistent! We’re staying at home and away from friends and family but we’re all in this together.
I’m rooting for you, girl!
Also, I’m curious to know how your lifestyle has changed since being under quarantine? What are you doing to stay active during Quarantine? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and remember…
“April Distance Brings May Existence!”